The Dura Heat Indoor DH2304 Convection Kerosene Heater is one of the most popular indoor kerosene heaters on the market. It is comparable in its features to the Dyna-Glo RMC-95C6. It can generate 23,000 BTUs and heat a room up to 1,000 square feet. One owner wanted to turn his small garage of 234 square feet into a workshop during winter. Using the Dura Heat DR2304, the temperature increased from 15 degrees F to 40 degrees in a half hour – almost 1 degree per minute. Furthermore, because it does not require electricity to operate, this heater is ideal for emergency use during a power outage.
What Are The Major Features Of The Dura Heat DH2304?
- Weighs 28.1 pounds
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 18.8 x 27 inches
- Heats an area up to 1000 square feet
- Projects 23,000 BTUs of heat in 360 degree radius
- Does not require electricity, therefore it is ideal for emergency use
- It uses 1-K Kerosene
- Fuel tank capacity of 1.9 gallons provides 8-12 hours of heat
- Safety features in include a protective guard or grille and an automatic shut-off switch in case it’s tilted or tipped over.
- Has an automatic ignition that requires 2 C batteries, which are included. You can also manually light it.
- Wick adjuster knob
- Comes with a siphon pump for filling the fuel tank. Check Amazon for this battery operated pump.
- Has a fuel gauge
What Is A Convection Indoor Kerosene Heater?
A convection kerosene heater is an indoor heater which burns kerosene as its energy source and operates by air convection currents. These currents heat up the surrounding air which spreads throughout the space being heated. The more heat generated the more space can be warmed by your heater. The Dura Heat DH2304 can heat an area up to 1000 square feet.
In a kerosene heater, the circular fiberglass wick is used to transport the fuel from the kerosene tank to the burner unit, which is the heart of the heater.
Why Use A Kerosene Heater?
A kerosene heater is a great and inexpensive alternative heating source during an emergency power outage. Kerosene burns cleanly and efficiently providing many hours of heating. Many kerosene heater owners find that they’re able to save money by using kerosene heaters to supplement their central heating system. They are also able to turn potentially unusable space like a garage or barn into a workshop during cold weather.
I would emphasize the importance of understanding the dangers involved with using a kerosene heater and taking the proper safety precautions. Also be aware that indoor kerosene heaters are illegal in some jurisdictions. You can find out about restrictions in your location by contacting your local fire department or fire marshal.
Kerosene heaters can provide great benefits, but only if you learn how to safely operate and maintain it.
What Type Of Kerosene Should I Use With The Dura Heat DH2304?
You should only use 1-K Kerosene. You can find it at most home improvement stores and hardware stores.
How Do I Adjust And Replace A Wick?
After lighting the heater, once it has burned for about 5-7 minutes giving it time to warm up, you should use the wick adjuster knob to obtain the proper flame height of about 1/2 inches. Continue to monitor the flame and adjust the wick as needed to maintain this flame height. Also, on the very first use, when fueling the heater or any other time when the fuel tank is empty, be sure to allow the wick to soak at least 60 minutes before lighting the heater. If this is not done, air pockets can get trapped in the wick causing the heater to burn poorly or even damage the wick.
It’s important to clean the heater’s wick when carbon and tar build up on top of the wick. It’s best to check at least monthly if not more often. Failure to clean the wick may result in low heat output, eventual failure of the wick adjustment assembly and an annoying odor.
You would want to replace the wick (Check Amazon for replacement wicks) if the following conditions occur:
- The wick is hard to light using the automatic ignition system
- It is difficult to adjust the wick using the adjustment knob
- The wick does not drop completely when you push the shutoff knob
- The top of the wick is hard and stiff. A wick in good condition will feel soft and extinguishes quickly
Pros And Cons
- Generates 23,000 BTUs of energy and can heat a room up to 1,000 square feet
- On a full tank of 1.9 gallons of kerosene, the heater can run for up to 8-12 hours.
- Heats in a 360 degree radius
- Since the Dura Heat DH2304 does not require electricity to operate, you can run it in your home during a power outage to heat your home.
- Safety features include an automatic tip over switch and safety grille
- Easy to start and stop
- Easy to assemble
- Kerosene heaters tend to give off an annoying odor when turned on and off. It’s advised to startup and shutdown the unit outside due to the odor. On startup, the heater needs an initial 5 minutes or so to warm up. During shutdown, the odor is due to the unburned Kerosene being emitted from the unit. You would notice this even more so on the very first use, as the heater initially burns off oils used in the manufacturing process.
- While the heater is easy to use, you must acquaint yourself with with how to use and maintain it both for safety and for efficient use. This can be a bit involved.
- Kerosene heaters are illegal in some jurisdictions. You can find out about restrictions in your location by contacting your local fire department or fire marshal.
The Dura Heat DH2304 indoor kerosene heater is a powerful and portable indoor heater. It is efficient and can provide a lot of heat for such a small unit. You can use it to heat a large room in your home, your garage or your basement. It is also ideal for emergency use, as it does not require electricity. Since it burns kerosene, you should be aware of all the safety concerns and get educated on operating it for safety and efficiency. If so, you could benefit greatly from this popular kerosene heater! After reading this review, you may have concluded that this is not what you need for your heating needs. You may find some more useful information at the link below regarding convection heating and other great kerosene heaters.