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Mike and Ivana Meyran

George:
The procedure is pretty simple. You fill a cup below the burner with clear alcohol. It preheats the kerosene burner. If the burner is not heated enough either you get no kerosene thru the valve (no flame), or you will get a cooler, yellow flame licking the roof of your cabin, black smoke (not so fun). Once we figured this out, the the steps are:
1- preheat with alcohol (I have a small bottle to squeeze in about a tablespoon, about a minute of burning/preheat)
2 - one alcohol burns off, immediately light kerosene burner.
As I said, my original plans were to pull this out and replace with propane, but I talked myslef into giving it a shot. It cooks nice and hot.
There is a tank just below the sink which holds the kerosene. You use a bike pump to pressurize the tank/line.
I understand that the key is to buy clean kerosene, or filter it when you are cruising in areas were the kero is not clean.
For my first fill, I bought a gallon at ACE hardware for about 5 bucks. From what I can see, after a summer, there is still plenty left.
The other challenge you avoid with kero is having to find a place to mount a propane tank/locker, which in my opinion is very limited on the westsail. I refuse to have tanks stapped on deck - too much clutter..
Mike

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