Kerosene Heater Wicks
Ace Hardware has the best variety of quality-grade kerosene heater wicks to keep your heater in excellent condition all season long. A kerosene heater can be extremely useful if the power goes out or if you're looking to save money on annual gas and electric bills. To help ensure you always have enough heat, shop our assortment of top-rated heating products like kerosene wick replacements.
Learn what to look for when shopping for a new kerosene wick, how to clean and maintain your wick, and when to replace your kerosene wick with this helpful information from your friends at Ace.
Types of Kerosene Heater Wicks
The best heater wick for you should match your kerosene heater model. Since a wick that’s too thin for your heater could allow excess kerosene vapors to pass through the wick gap and result in a burning smell, it’s important to find the right size to adequately fit your heater. Look for a wick replacement that fits your specific kerosene heater model. If your model isn’t listed in our product descriptions, try measuring your current wick to determine which replacement size you’ll need to order.
A quality kerosene wick provides good fuel draw and long-lasting burning. Ace Hardware carries top-rated kerosene wicks from popular brands like American Wick. Each kerosene wick in our inventory is designed to offer:
- Easy installation.
- Efficient heater performance.
- A cleaner burning experience.
- Reduced carbon build-up.
- A higher degree of safety.
Tips for Handling a New Kerosene Heater Wick
When using a kerosene wick for the first time, allow it to soak completely before the initial ignition. In a full tank of kerosene, soak the wick for at least an hour in the down position. Perform the same process during each kerosene heater wick replacement or any time the wick burns dry.
How Often Should You Replace Your Kerosene Wick?
Recommended kerosene heater wick replacement is at least once a year. However, to keep yourself safe, you should replace the wick more often if:
- The wick appears thin and ragged.
- The wick burns with a ragged-edged flame.
- Your heater is difficult to start.
- Tar or carbon deposits are visible just below the top of the wick.
- You've frequently used low-quality kerosene.
- You've operated your heater on a lower-than-recommended setting.
How to Clean a Kerosene Heater Wick
A kerosene wick that's saturated with water from low-grade kerosene or that has too many tar deposits won't burn efficiently. The best time to clean a wick is right after a dry burning. Burn the wick dry and clean it in these simple steps:
- Shut off your heater and allow the unit to cool.
- Remove all kerosene from the tank, and advance the wick to its fullest length.
- Light the wick and allow it to continue to burn until the flame goes out completely.
- Using a brush or comb, carefully remove carbon deposits from the surface of the wick.
If you're unable to remove the tar or carbon deposits, purchase a replacement wick.
Where to Find Kerosene Heater Wick Replacements
Shop Ace Hardware's inventory of kerosene heater wicks online or in-store today. We carry everything you need to keep warm and cozy all season long, including kerosene heaters and premium kerosene fuel.