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Wick Kerosene Stove
Kerosene Stoves have many different types of wicks.
3 Main Wick Types: Flat Wick, Sockwick, Cotton Multi-Wick

Flat Wicks

Many kerosene stoves use flat wicks, pictured above left. In the Butterfly kerosene stove line, products #2413, #2418, #2419, #2415 and #2417 all use this wick. It is about 10" long and 7/8" high.

The wicks are either made of a cotton/asbestos blend or 100% fiberglass. The manufacturer supplies the stoves with asbestos laden wicks because that is what most countries use. For the US market, we replace the asbestos wicks with 100% fiberglass wicks before the stoves are shipped.

These wicks are bent into a circle, then placed in the burner so they burn off the edge. They typically last 6-months or longer. When they get to the point where they don't burn evenly, just turn them upside down and burn from the other edge. With experience, you can get these wicks to last for several years.

It is important to note that this type of wick is stationary, so it is not adjustable. In other words, the wick does not move once installed. So the only way to adjust heat output on a stove that uses a flat wick is to adjust how much fuel is getting to the wick. It will then take some time for the increased or decreased fuel flow to the wick to actually result in a change in flame size. It is better to just leave the flame alone and instead adjust the placement of your pan or pot for more or less heat.

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Sock Wicks (Sockwick)

The second picture shows an installed sockwick. It gets its name because the wick resembles a large sock with the toe end cut off. It is basically a cylinder. The bottom part is often cut so each of the flaps will spread out in the fuel pan to help absorb the fuel better. These wicks are very similar to the wicks used in many kerosene heaters.

Sockwick stoves almost always have adjustable wicks. The burner mechanism will have a knob that turns to raise or lower the wick to adjust the heat output.

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Cotton Multi-Wick Wicksets

The third picture shows a multi-wick wickset. These wicks are made of cotton and resemble old-fashion cotton mop heads. The wicks are arranged in a circle in the stove's burner and all of the wicks can be raised or lowered at the same time by turning a knob. The advantage of this type of stove is that stoves can be designed for different heat outputs by simply altering the number of wicks.

Butterfly brand kerosene stoves come in 10-wick, 14-wick, 16-wick and 22-wick models, ranging in heat output from 7,000 btus to 14,500 btus.

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