They are all gone, sold out.
The Breathe Easy filters were made over two decades ago. The
manufacturer priced them at about $20 and sold few before going
bankrupt. My supplier purchase the residual inventory in
bankruptcy proceedings. Several years ago I purchased all
remaining stock and sold them all. There will be no more of them,
but it is possible that a few may turn up on eBay or similar
leave this page up for those who have a Breathe Easy
Installation instructions for Modern Heaters, click here.
Example of installation in a radiant heater
Installation in Perfection
heater and Aladdin Blue Flame heater
"Breathe Easy" Platinum Catalytic
The "Breathe Easy" Platinum Catalytic Filter
is a platinum-coated screen, 6 inches in diameter, which is hung by
three stainless steel wires to just above the flame on a kerosene heater
burner unit, as shown in the illustration above, right side. It
was designed to reduce odors and films and help a kerosene heater burn
cleanly. Installation is not difficult, and the unit comes with
(Thanks to Knox Crowell for these enhanced
instructions!) The Breathe Easy is rigid mounted (see below) or
hung by the supplied wires and should be at least 1'' above a flame
spreader or catalytic converter burner unit to allow normal airflow
for proper combustion.
Do you need a "Breathe Easy" Platinum Catalytic
Filter? A properly adjusted kerosene heater with a tall
catalytic converter (burner unit) already burns extremely clean.
However, there are some circumstances in which a "Breathe Easy" can be
useful: (1) Those who have a heater with a short burner unit (early KeroSun
heaters); (2) who have particular lung problems; (3) burn a
kerosene heater all night long in a
well-sealed house to keep the chill off the house; or (4) who burn poor
quality "red dye" kerosene, may find the Breathe Easy a handy accessory.
Some very nice people have used the Breathe Easy and report
The "Breathe Easy"
Platinum Catalytic Filter is 6 inches wide and will not fit some
heaters, such as the "Moonlighter" and Omni 15, without cutting off the
stiff wire around the screen.
It would be neither fair
nor objective for me to give illustrations of the use and installation
of a Breathe Easy Catalytic Filter using my own heaters, so the examples
given below are unsolicited examples sent to me by my customers.
Please note that
flame spreader heaters
such as the Perfection and Aladdin Blue Flame shown below can indeed
make the Breathe Easy glow red, whereas installation in a modern
catalytic converter style heater usually does not show any glow at all
from the Breathe Easy. The reason for this is that flame spreader
design heaters produce ALL of their heat from the flame above the flame
spreader. Modern radiant heaters use a catalytic converter to
absorb virtually all of the heat and reflect it into a room. The
heat output for both types of heaters is about 10,000 BTU/hr, but the
heat is distributed in an entirely different way. An illustration
of a dimly glowing Breathe Easy Catalytic Filter on a radiant heater is
Independent test results
using the Breathe Easy in a Perfection heater:
(tests) indicate an expected reduction of Carbon Monoxide by about 85%
and Hydrocarbon emissions by almost 100%. Observed performance showed no
impact on heat output or visual impact of the flame nor Flame Spreader.
Shutdown produced only a brief whiff of fumes then just decreasing clean
heat until unit cooled down. Catalytic disc stayed in place during the
lighting process with the chimney laid on its bail handle.
Conclusions: The ability of the Perfection heaters utilizing the #500
wick to come up to full operating temperature quicker than a modern
kerosene heater is an advantage. With the Catalytic filter disc in
place, the unit can be shut down without filling a room with un-burnt
Below is the article, stolen from Kerosene Heater and Stove
Collector Forum, Greg Hall, author and photographer of this
Catalytic Filter Upgrade For
Perfection Kerosene Heaters Utilizing #500 Wick Assembly.
Parts Needed: 1-"Breathe Easy" Platinum Catalytic Filter from
1-pack of 3ea 10-24x3" stainless steel pan head machine screws
(Home Depot 30699 31561)
3-packs of 4ea, 10-24 stainless steel nuts (Home Depot 30699
Note: Kerosene utilized for this testing is Canadian #1 Stove Oil
w/15 ppm sulphur content.
Images will be posted in the Photo Section under "Catalytic Filter
Why Upgrade: Original Patent literature claims use of the "Breathe
Easy" Platinum Catalytic Filter converts un-burnt hydrocarbons
and carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide and water vapor. For more
info see U.S. Patent # 4456702, June 26,1984. Reduce shutdown
How to Upgrade: I started with a standard Platinum Catalytic
Filter disc from Miles Stair. What you get is a 304 stainless
steel wire mesh screen coated with a Platinum catalytic coating
applied directly to the screen. As delivered the disc's hanging
wires were too short, leaving the disc too far above the flame.
This was not unexpected due to the fact the unit was designed for
a "modern" Japanese kerosene heater. Also the hanging wires would
become dislodged when the top was opened to light the burner. To
move the disc closer to the flame, I drilled the wire holes larger
with a 3/16" drill bit and inserted a 10-24 3" stainless steel pan
head screw in each hole, retained by two 10-24 stainless steel
nuts, one on the top of the disc and one on the bottom of the
disc. This assembly was placed on the sloped surface surrounding
the burner and burn tested. Operation of the heater, once up to
temperature was unaffected. However while I had hoped the 3-legged
disc would self-right itself when the chimney was swung upright,
this was not the case.. The 3-legged disc was centered on the
slopped shelf surrounding the burner assembly and the positions of
the legs marked. Drill 3x 3/16" holes. Remove the legs from the
disc and inserted through the plate and tightened with a 10-24
stainless steel nut. Each leg had a nut screwed onto its threaded
shaft and the legs were bent into position for insertion through
the catalytic plate. Disc now resides about 2-1/2 inch above the
Performance Evaluation: Surface temperature of the Catalytic
Filter disc averaged 600°F - 650°F. Graphs lifted from the
The attached graphs indicate an expected reduction of Carbon
Monoxide by about 85% and Hydrocarbon emissions by almost 100%.
|Click on graphs and photos
below to expand them.
Observed performance showed no impact on heat output or visual
impact of the flame nor Flame Spreader. Shutdown produced only a
brief whiff of fumes then just decreasing clean heat until unit
cooled down. Catalytic disc stayed in place during the lighting
process with the chimney laid on its bail handle.
Conclusions: The ability of the Perfection heaters utilizing
the #500 wick to come up to full operating temperature quicker
than a "modern" kerosene heater is an advantage. With the
Catalytic filter disc in place, the unit can be shut down without
filling a room with un-burnt kerosene fumes. The 11000 BTU output
is perfect for supplemental heat whereas the 22000 BTU output of
the larger "modern" convection heaters can be too much except in
the dead of winter.
The outlay for parts is modest and the conversion time, assuming
the thru bolts of the Perfection heater can be removed to allow
access to the burner plate, is under 45 minutes. If a Perfection
kerosene heater will actually be utilized as it was originally
designed to be operated, as supplemental heat and not a display
piece, then this conversion is worthwhile. Finally this conversion
does not detract from the visual appeal of these antique kerosene
Tech Editor Productions, 2013
Breathe Easy Catalytic Filter installation in Haller and
Aladdin Blue_Flame heaters
by Manfred Koster, the Netherlands
Flame heater looking down from top
with Breathe Easy
closeup of Breathe Easy
Aladdin, view from the top
Haller, upper side of Breathe Easy
Haller, underside of Breathe Easy
Photos and text above from Manfred Koster, The Netherlands.
Last week I bought an almost new Aladdin Series 15. It had only
been used for a few times. Lucky me !!
Unfortunately it smelled like heck, even using good quality
So I resized one of your catalytic filters, mounted it (it is
visible behind the mica window) and the odour completely
Breathe Easy installed in a Yuasa Sunglow 20
Hello there. Just wanted to share with you a
photo of my finally finished 100% restore of my old "free
Your wicks are just the best and the platinum filter
absolutely reduces emissions. I adapted one for this unit and
one for my 23k btu convection unit.
Alex B. in PA
Breathe Easy installed in an Aladdin TR2000 - The minimum
clearance should be one inch, as shown below, to allow normal
airflow and proper combustion.
There are many ways to
install a Breathe Easy Catalytic filter in a radiant heater.
The Aladdin TR2000 had no way to hang the filter so 6 x 32 x
2'' screws were used up through existing holes in the top
plate of the catalytic converter. This method allowed a
vertical adjustment of the Breathe Easy with up
to almost 2'' of clearance above the
burner. The Breathe Easy
glows a little over a catalytic converter burner, as
seen at right, but does not get cherry red as on a flame
spreader heater because the burner unit itself absorbs and
reflects heat before that heat can get to the Breathe Easy.
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