Alcohol Stove Tuneup help
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Sent: Friday, May 28, 1999 8:45 AM
Subject: Help !
(1) Why does an alcohol stove "Pulse"?
(2) Why does the burner turn cherry red then go out?
(3) Where the flame adjustment knobs enter the burner there is a nut that a small flame escapes from, can I buy a repair kit for the burner or do I need to buy a new burner?
I thought you had a tips page with all this on it , I know others "in the same boat" we all need the answers to these questions , please respond
From:(KENYONCUSTOMERCARE) Date: Wed, Jun 2,
Subject: RE: Help !
Dear Capt Robert,
Pulsing is normal, severe pulsing in not. This is caused by dirt or scale build up in the filter or burner body itself. The glowing red cap is also a symptom of a dirty burner. The nozzle gets partially blocked, and ignites the alcohol vapor inside the cap. In both cases the burners should be stripped of all removable parts (especially the filters), soaked in a cleaner (carburetor cleaners work fairly well). The parts in good condition(relatively new) can be reassembled in the burner. A new filter should always be used. Rebuild kits are available at your local West Marine, E&B, Boats US etc. The flame at the control stem is a result of either a loose packing nut(just tighten the hex nut located on the spindle assembly) or damaged packing ring which must be replaced. These parts are enclosed in a rebuild kit as well.
Customer Service Administrator
Is the filter in the tank or is it in the burner ?
Message From: KENYONCUSTOMERCARE
Date: Wed, Jun 2, 1999, 11:40am To:
captkeywest Subject: RE: Help !
IT IS LOCATED AT THE BASE OF THE BURNER. ACTUALLY WHERE THE ALCOHOL FEED PIPE ENTERS THE BURNER ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE STOVE.
Kenyon stove overhaul
Posted By: Brad Whitehurst
Date: 6/3/99 4:09 p.m.
In Response To: alcohol stove maintenance
It's not always easy to find the overhaul kits, but I got 2 through West for mine. The kits came with new valves, packing, nozzle, needle, filter and burner caps along with quite comprehensive directions. Follow the instructions and you should have no problem. The only tricky bit was drilling out the old sintered brass filter from the bases of the burner bodies. Get the right size drill, and borrow the use of a drill press, and it is easy. The new filters are rolled up, fine mesh screen. Both burners now work perfectly. Like the overhaul itself, I have found that if I follow the lighting instructions to the letter, the stove lights and burns just right, with no fuss. Try to shortcut the lighting procedure, and it spits and flares and carries on. Messages in This Thread alcohol stove maintenance -- Captkeywest -- 6/3/99 11:50 a.m. Kenyon stove overhaul -- Brad Whitehurst --
Note: when I replaced the filters in my stove they came right out, no drilling needed.
The tank has two small supply tubes, one to each burner. the supply tube (ST) comes from the fuel tank to a vertical bronze cylinder (VBC) . On top of this bronze cylinder is the "preheat cup". Over the preheat cup is the burner which screws _into_ the VBC _clockwise_ and takes a ~3/4" wrench. (suggest removing tank/burners assy from stove body to enable a vise grip type hold on VBC for ~3/4" wrench leverage)
Unscrew the burner to find the screen. To Undo the Burner from the VBC is _Counterclockwise_ Special tools are required to do much else
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