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Best Kerosene Heaters 2018 – Ultimate Buying Guide

LATEST UPDATE ON: April 13, 2018 Bryan Macklin LEAVE A COMMENT

Looking for a heater to warm up your freezing home? If yes, then you might want to consider investing in a kerosene heater. Also known as a “paraffin heater,” this type of heater is portable and unvented, and they are often used as backup fuel and heating during power outages.

Granted, looking for a good kerosene heater can be daunting, as they are so many different models and features out there. In this article, we will help you look for the best one to have in your house, as well as it being able to suit your needs during those cold, dark nights. Time to fuel up and get started!

5 Best Kerosene Heaters 2018

Dura Heat Convection Kerosene Heater

With a 23,000 Btu feature and a heating area of up to 1000 square feet, Dura Heat’s Convection kerosene heater can heat up homes powerfully and efficiently. It is also able to heat up in a 360-degree motion, so that it can distribute heat around the home evenly.

It takes only five minutes for the kerosene heater to warm up, so you can enjoy a warm home sooner rather than later. This is especially useful in times of emergency when the electrical heater is out, as Dura Heat’s kerosene version can be taken out and preheated in a cinch.

Even further, it has a tilt-type system for shutting off the machine, as well as drip tray to catch any leakage caused by the kerosene itself. Plus, it uses K-1 Kerosene, which does not create too much odor in the process.

We bought Dura Heat’s convection kerosene heater during the cold months, and we believe that it held up pretty well. It is true that it heats up quickly, although within an hour we were sweating profusely from too-hot temperatures and we had to open some windows to cool off.

On the other hand, it would have been nice if the heater could also be compatible with other kerosene types, instead of just the K-1. We tried using another brand, and the flame flickered out faster than usual.


  • Heats large spaces, up to 1000 square feet.
  • Heats up very quickly within minutes.
  • Uses K-1 kerosene, which is does not create much odor.


  • Is only compatible with K-1 kerosene.

Sengoku CTN-110 Kerosene Heater

Sengoku’s kerosene heater is not only powerful at 10,000 Btu, but it also comes with a ton of accessories to help you enhancing your warming experience within the comforts of your home.

For instance, it comes with an automatic igniter and flame adjuster, as well as plenty of safety switches in the case that the kerosene maker was to fall and turn over, thereby preventing a safety hazard from happening in the household.

To add even further, it has a 1.2-gallon fuel capacity, which can heat up to fourteen hours; this is plenty of time for you to feel warm whenever you are at home, whether relaxing in the living room or doing chores around the house.

The both of us bought Sengoku’s kerosene heater for a test run and in the end, it is a pretty solid product to invest in. We appreciated the extra safety measures built into the machine, including the safety grills over it and the automatic turn-off system should something were to happen. Fuel was long-lasting, as we only used one wick for up to three sessions.

Some issues we had, however, were with the automatic igniter and the wicking process. The automatic igniter stopped working after a few sessions and then we were forced to ignite it by hand. Raising the wick was a tricky issue, as you really need to go into the machine to do so, which takes up quite some time.


  • Comes with an automatic igniter and flame adjuster.
  • Contains plenty of safety features to keep you safe from harm.
  • Has a long-lasting burn for up to fourteen hours.


  • Automatic igniter has a short life-span.
  • Wick raising is a bit difficult to get through to.

Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6B Indoor Kerosene Convection Heater

Special features of the Dyna-Glo kerosene heater include its one-touch shut off, which makes it less of a hassle to turn off the machine otherwise. It also has a safety tip switch that shuts down automatically should it be the case that the kerosene heater tips over by accident. You can ensure yourself then that you will be protected from any dangers at home.

Dyna-Glo’s kerosene heater can heat homes between eight and twelve hours, which is especially convenient while doing activities at home during part of the day. It only requires one 1.9 gallon of kerosene to keep you warm, and it does not take up too much of your heating bill, thereby being resourceful.

Additionally, it heats large spaces, so you can even use it to warm up your entire home. There is no need to get multiple heaters when you only need one to do the trick!

For us, we purchased the Dyna-Glo kerosene heater and after a few sessions found it to be an effective one for heating our large home. It heats extremely quickly, jumping by almost 30 degrees within three hours. The safety tip switch and one-touch shut off system are also good features for the machine itself.

Our only biggest complaint about this product is that the handle to move the heater around the house tends to come apart, no matter how often we try to fix it. The best way to transfer it around is merely by sliding it across the floor, while also being careful that it does not tip over.


  • Long-lasting burn of eight to twelve hours.
  • Requires only one 1.9-gallon tank to last long and save on heating bills.
  • Has a one-touch shut off feature.


  • The handle of the kerosene heater tends to come apart, making it a hassle to transfer around the house.

Heat Mate HMN-110 Radiant Kerosene Heater

Consisting of a siphon pump and four batteries, Heat Mate’s kerosene heater has the materials to ensure a proper burn to heat up your home.

What sets this kerosene heater apart from others is its distinctive wick adjustment; rather than having a twist knob to turn it on or off, it contains a lever to slide up and down, thereby making it more accurate and efficient to use.

The two of us received the Heat Mate kerosene heater and put it to good use right after that. There is indeed a bit of odor that emits from the machine during start up and shut down, but other than that, there was minimal smell. What was even more incredible was that, for our 1500-square foot home, it was able to hit almost all of the places, despite its small size; it certainly packs a lot of energy inside!

However, the only downside to this product is that, after a while, the shut-off feature stops working. It happened once, and we had to wait for the machine to burn through the last of what was placed into it.


  • Contains plenty of accessories to support the product’s built-in features.
  • Has a sliding lever for wick adjustment for easier accessibility.


  • Shut-off feature may cease to work, thereby requiring professional care to repair it.

Dyna Glo Delux KFA80DGD Kerosene Forced Air Heater

With a wide range of power from 50,000 to 220,000 Btu, Dyna Glo’s kerosene forced air heater can offer a lot for your home, in terms of warmth and space that it heats up (up to almost 2000 square feet).

In addition, it requires little-to-no assembly upon getting it, thereby saving you the time of energy of having to set it up when you only need to ignite it and get the house warm and toasty in no time!

The Dyna Glo kerosene heater also comes with a comfort-control thermostat, so you will not have to worry about the room getting too hot in the process, and it can also potentially save on heating bills by doing so.

We invested in this product and were relieved to have it come already assembled, so we did not need to set it up ourselves. All we needed to do was turn it on and let it do its thing! We were also impressed that it heated up super quickly, increasing the temperature by 30 degrees within half an hour.

That said, one problem we have with this heater is that it tends to emit a good amount of odor and fumes, which requires us to open up the windows when it happens. Not the most pleasant experience, but we are careful to know when to operate it or not from now on.


  • Comes in a wide range from 50,000 to 220,000 Btu models.
  • Comes already assembled.
  • Has a comfort-control thermostat for regulating temperature.


  • Emits odor and fumes.


Altogether, investing in a kerosene heater can be a good choice, especially if your usual electric heater stops working on you during a power outage. While not recommended for daily use, kerosene heaters nevertheless offer just as much heat as the electric version and, depending on the model, it can save on heating bills over time. Buy a kerosene heater today!

Editor's Choice
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