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
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.
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
Mica windows are frequently used on the sides
of convection heaters (middle of photo at left) to allow the
user to see the flame. Damaged mica windows should be replaced,
as they interfere with the designed air flow of the heater and
can cause the heater to not burn at maximum efficiency. Photo is
an Omni 105, which has a window on each side. The heater is not lighted,
so the window appears black.
Mica is a thin, transparent slice of natural mineral silicate (rock) which is
extremely resistant to heat, but relatively brittle and should be replaced if damaged to preserve the proper airflow in a heater.
Mica window (3 3/4" x 4") (1 per package)
This mica is precut to fit KeroSun convection heaters, but can be easily cut with scissors to fit other heaters. Size: 3 3/4" x 4". $5.95.
Round 3 1/4" mica window for Aladdin Blue Flame
heaters. From Aladdin, part #P151603. One per package. $6.95
Most kerosene heaters use a battery powered
electric ignition system, with a thin coil of wire heating to
cherry red to ignite the fuel in the wick. If the coil
becomes damaged, electric ignition is impossible.
The #1 igniter is the most commonly used....KeroSun,
Toyostove, Corona, etc. It has the heating coil at a right angle
to the tabs on the base. The #2 igniter has an in-line coil
with flat tabs. The #3 igniter is the second most-used
igniter (Dyna Glo, Heat Mate, etc), and is recognized because the coil
and the tabs (or pins) at the base are in the same alignment.
The #4 igniter is rarely used, and is a wafer style igniter.
(See Complete Igniter list)
If you are going through igniters fairly fast, it
could be because you are not
wick dry often enough. When a fiberglass wick becomes coated
with a tar and carbon buildup it causes the individual fibers to become
stiff and splay outward. That makes it easy for a single fiber to
catch on the igniter and rip the igniter coil.
New, quiet, high quality, long-lasting fuel pump.
No more spilled fuel, funnels or siphon hoses!
Pump kerosene directly into your heater tank with the flip of a
2 AA batteries
(Batteries not included.) which
should last for a year of every day use to fill small containers.
I use mine to fill a heater from one gallon recycled apple juice
jugs. Once you use one of these pumps you will wonder how
you ever got along without one! Wicks can be combined
in the same Priority box, except for boxed wicks* which will not
fit into the triangular "tube" used for mailing.
Shipped Priority Mail within US ONLY!
Fits container openings of at least 1 1/4". Faster flow, very
quiet pump. Durable impeller. Pump depth max. of about 15" and OAL of
NOT SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE US:
NO CANADIAN OR OVERSEAS ORDERS, PLEASE, AS
THE PUMP IS TOO LONG TO SHIP outside the through the mail.
Replacement Wick Knobs
Replacement wick raising knob, fits many newer
like Heat Mate, DynaGlo
with straight shaft only.
Diameter, 1 3/4", height 1 5/8"
(Image above right) Both knobs for 1/4" straight shaft
with a flat. > Convection heater
Replacement wick raising knob, fits many newer radiant heaters
such as CT1100 with straight shaft with flat only. Will not
fit some Aladdin heaters with flanged shaft.
Diameter 2 1/16", height 1" > Radiant heater >>>
C310, Sw6179, for some newer Aladdin heaters made in Japan such as
the S571U. This is the metal case that holds the dial return
Heat Mate radiant heater
fuel tank cap, models -1101.
Wick adjuster knob;
Wick adjuster knob; KeroSun DC-60, -80,
-90, DR 86, Omni 105 K, L, M, Rad 10, KRA-105, KSA-120, RSA-850. Part #20451112.
Page 5, part #14
Wick adjuster knob; Omni 105, 120, 230.
With pushbutton and wick life extender lever. Part #20451112.
Page 5, part #14.
Wick adjuster knob; DC-100. Part
Page 5, part #14.
Wick adjuster knob; P75-36, Aladdin S181U, RK-75; Some Sharp and Sunbeam heaters. Fits 1/4" shaft with winged flanges up to
Thumb Screws for tower cabinet; Various convection heaters. White.
This complete catalytic converter (burner unit)
was made decades ago by Heat Mate for
their 670GED radiant heater. It fits heaters using 3 3/8" (85mm) diameter
wicks. I have been fortunate to find a few of these units new in the
box. Complete with glass and dome screen.
Sometimes excellent heaters have nothing
wrong with them except for a damaged burner unit. This burner offers
an alternative to throwing away a perfectly good heater. The lift tab
is on the right side and may not work with all automatic lighting systems,
some of which have the tab in the front to tip the burner up in the front
for the igniter to reach the wick. For radiant heaters using an 85mm
(3 3/8") only, such as wick #1X, 2, 2A, 10, etc. (List of wick
diameters can be found by
Replacement catalytic converter for heaters
with 3 3/8" (85mm) (only!) diameter wicks. Shipped only to US
addresses. On backorder.
SMALL Wire Coil
for over burner unit of various small radiant heaters. About 3" diameter. Soft wire is hard to ship without
some bending, but is easy to bend or expand to the shape and size desired.
Wicks to 2 15/16" diameter.
P100-29 Knob Dial
Spring for many Aladdin & Radiant King heaters (Not guaranteed to fit all
Aladdin and Radiant King heater models.)
Wire Net - Dome Screen
Wire net, also called a dome screen, for placement on top of the catalytic converters of some radiant heaters. These are the small size. Fits some Sharp,
Sanyo, Sunbeam and the Aladdin Tropic heaters. Width approximately 4 1/8", height about 1 3/4". Click photo at left to enlarge it to see detail.
The chimney glass listed below is available for special order -
the only chimney glass in stock has an "Add-to-Cart" button on
that line. Measurements listed are for the
outside height and outside width of the existing chimney
glass. Some listings are not by heater make and
model, just by size. If you are interested in ordering one
of these glass chimneys,
me an e-mail, please. Out-of-US shipping requires
"In an emergency you can glue the glass cylinders on kerosene heaters with ordinary Window
Silicone Sealant." Larry Piscopo