Those with central heating systems which are reliant on electrical power understand that it is essential to have an alternate power source for providing heat whenever a storm or other event causes a power outage. One way of providing an alternate heating source or even for use away from an electrical power source is a kerosene heater. Among the kerosene heaters available is the Sengoku CTN 110.
We are going to take a closer look at the various features and benefits of this model of kerosene heater in our review. We will also look at some of its best qualities and drawbacks and report on what others have to say about this heater. As an added bonus, we will wrap up our review by providing some tips on how to safely use a kerosene heater in your home. Our objective is to help you decide whether this specific model will meet your needs and expectations as an alternate and portable heating source.
About SENGOKU CTN 110
The Sengoku CTN-110 KeroHeat is fully portable and can be used indoors or outdoors. It produces enough heat to provide an alternate means of zone heating your home on a regular basis or to use as an emergency heat source during a power outage. It will heat a room of up to 400 square feet. Not only is this a lightweight unit, but it is also easy to use and economical to operate.
This kerosene heater features a 1.2-gallon kerosene fuel capacity which will last up to 14 hours of continuous use. It includes an automatic igniter so you don’t have to worry about matches or a lighter and also features an easy flame adjuster to set the flame and temperature exactly where you want it. A siphon pump used to empty the tank and prevent the loss of fuel when the unit is not in use, and four C-cell batteries also come with the unit.
Safety is well thought out with this UL rated unit as well. It comes with flame guards to prevent flammable materials or your hands from being exposed to open flames. Other safety features include a thermal auto-shutoff switch to prevent overheating as well as a tip-over switch to shut the unit off in case it is accidentally knocked over. With these safety features built into the design of this heater, you can use it worry-free.
All in all this small kerosene heater produces enough heat to warm up most of the room during a power outage or can also help with zone heating to reduce central air heating costs. Besides these benefits, the portability of this unit allows you to take it on camping trips as well.
What People Say about SENGOKU CTN 110
It does a great job of heating up an off-grid cabin during cold winter nights according to one user. Other users have made use of this unit to cut their central heating bill was a great deal of success. Though the top and back surfaces of this heater get warm, several customers noted that it does not get hot enough to burn you or ignite other items nearby. The removable tank and siphon pump were two features that many people liked because they can store the unit without having to worry about all of the fuel evaporating out of the tank.
Some users were not as thrilled with this heater’s performance and had some complaints and suggestions to share. For some, adjusting the flame was difficult and did not work according to the instructions. The unbearable smell of kerosene makes this less than ideal for some users as well. The battery operated igniter was a struggle in many cases, but something most people have come to expect. A few customers were disappointed that the unit did not come with an internal blower.
How to Safely Use a Kerosene Heater in Your Home
In spite of the numerous safety features built into modern kerosene heaters, user errors have resulted in a wide variety of fire risk issues up to a fatal fire risk. You can prevent these risks by following a few tips related to the proper use of your kerosene heater. Here are those tips.
- Only use 1-K grade kerosene (a.k.a. water clear). NEVER use gasoline.
- Always store kerosene in a container for kerosene and not a gas can or can which has previously held gasoline. Kerosene containers are usually blue instead of red.
- Be certain that when you purchase kerosene you are getting it from a certified distributor.
- DO NOT refuel the heater indoors. Fill the tank outdoors away from combustible materials.
- Be sure that the unit is turned off and has had a chance to cool down before fueling.
- Do not fill the tank above the “full” mark.
- If a flame up occurs turn the heater off or extinguish the flame in place. DO NOT try to move the heater while it is aflame.
- Be sure to provide for adequate ventilation while operating.
- Always follow the instructions of the manufacturer included with the unit.
- DO NOT alter the heater for higher output or performance.
Following these basic tips will allow you to relax and enjoy the heat output of your kerosene heater without having to worry about the potential dangers and hazards often associated with open flame heaters.
When the power goes out and you have no means of heating your home, what do you do? Turning to a kerosene heater as an alternative heating source is both economical and efficient. Used safely, the Sengoku CTN 110 can provide you with plenty of comfort in emergencies or even assist in keeping your central heating bill lower. Given the features, pros, and cons that we have discussed, you should be well-enough informed to make a qualified purchase of this model of kerosene heater for your home.