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Old Perfection Oil Heater
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Ken Pryor    Posted 11-29-2004 at 20:41:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Grand Dad give me his Perfection oil heater back in 1964. I would like to find out more about ie: age. The main heater upright tube is blue porcelain enamel. The top and bottom is crome and it has four short legs at the bottom that sit in a flat metal tray. It has a small emblem on the side with the Perfection Oil Heater and Trade mark and U.S.Pat. 1630 It uses a Perfection #500 wick. The tank is round with a brass fuel gauge on the top. Anyone know how old this one is?

Lanette    Posted 03-21-2009 at 23:48:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm trying to find information about an old Perfection Midget Pilot Oil burning stove Model H81G.It also has the code B13684 on it and number H155608. It says to use oil not heavier than 1. My father just removed it from the attic and I am curious about it. If anyone can help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it.

sherri    Posted 03-03-2007 at 18:10:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I thin kthey started making them in 1916 but Im not sure. I have been unable to find alot of information on this item.

kathy    Posted 12-07-2006 at 20:56:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
looking to sell my perfection 1630 blue ceramic heater. It is in perfect shape how much do the
heaters usually go for? Please e-mail me @

Ken    Posted 11-30-2004 at 07:25:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bkeeper, Thanks for your response and information you forwarded. I have looked all over mine and can't find a model number. Its exactly like the one in the old adds you see of a Dad giving his son a bath. Its blue porcelane with crome top and bottom. I use it every winter day and have for many years as I sit and wood carve at night. Its a great heater, and keeps my shop nice and warm on those cold days. I will look again for a model number tonight. Do you know where it might be stamped? Again Thanks, Ken

Dana    Posted 12-02-2006 at 22:38:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Right under the word Prefection there is a date, mine says June 17 1913.

Bkeepr    Posted 11-30-2004 at 11:43:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can picture your heater exactly now. I'm going to stick with "mid 30s" as a guess. I'll see if I can find it in the one little Perfection flyer I have and let you know tomorrow if it is in there. The Perfection I have actually has a clear glass top so you can see the flame, it was made in the 50s. It is a nice heater and does work well. But I don't use it much because we have several of the Aladdins, which are a little smaller and throw as much or more heat. Our house is 100+ years old and has lots of small rooms, so the size thing is an issue.

take care,

Ken    Posted 12-01-2004 at 07:42:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, Thanks for you input, I'll wait and see what you come up with. I'm also looking for more info. myself.


Bkeepr    Posted 11-30-2004 at 04:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Few years back I bought a Perfection Heater and spent quite some time trying to find out about it/them. Not a lot of information out there. I did manage to collect a couple of catalogs, and exchanged email with a guy who was quite an afficianado of them. I'm pasting one of his emails below because it has a lot of good information in it.

Off the top of my head, I'd guess yours is an "older" Perfection, although I certainly am no expert. As I recall Perfection started making the heaters in the very early 1900s, and continued until around 1982 when changes in "safety" laws came into effect. (These same changes caused Aladdin to stop making its famous "Blue Flame Heaters" the best ever made!!). Anyway, the brass parts you describe indicate to me it is likely to be 1930s or earlier vintage.

Tom A

Old Email pasted:
Care And Feeding Of Perfection Oil Heaters And Stoves
by Kevin (aka Possum Hunter)
The Perfection portable oil heaters have been made since The War Of The Northern Aggression. They were outlawed in 1982 due to new safety standards.

The most common of these are the 525 series and the 700 series which is identical but has a glass chimney and was called the "Oil Lamp Heater". Almost all of the Perfection heaters used the "500" burner. This burner uses a round metal and cotton wick. They are super efficient and will burn for about 12 hours on 2 quarts of kerosene and make good heat. Perfection recommends upgrading to the "700" series burner with a fiberglass wick and automatic tip over extinguisher if you are using indoors. (Good luck finding one of these!!!)

To Light a "500" just raise the wick until it stops then open the heater (The chimney unlatches and tips to one side) then light with a lighter or match then close the chimney. If you do decide to use the "500" burner indoors, place the heater in a pizza pan big enough for the entire heater to sit in. One reason the "500" was banned was they would drip burning kerosene from the center draft tube if the wick was forced all of the way up or if the heater "runs away".

You MUST keep the "500" burner clean. If carbon is allowed to build up on the gallery or flame spreader, or the wick is real dirty, the heater can back-draft and smoke you out of your house or "run-away" and shoot flames out of the top of the chimney. The Perfection 500 is one heater that WILL get even with you for not maintaining it!

Genuine Perfection 500 wicks are expensive and hard to find, but I have had no luck with the import replacement wicks. I understand Lehmans has a replacement wick that
is almost as good as the Perfection, but I have not tried it in mine. The ONLY fuel you should use in any Perfection portable heater is K-1 kerosene.

The Perfection cookstoves have also been made since the War Of The Northern Aggression. They are now made under the "Swiss-Perfection" brand by an Old Order Amish shop. The Swiss Perfection parts are built much better than the original perfection parts and will withstand constant use. All Swiss-Perfection parts will fit older
Perfections. The Perfection stoves are a joy to cook on. They burn just as hot and clean as a propane stove with a nice blue flame! Use only Perfection "X" wicks in a cook stove. The only fuel used should be K-1 kerosene.

To light a cookstove just raise the wick all of the way up and light with a match through the lighting hole in the chimney.

God bless,


Mark Howes    Posted 04-05-2008 at 17:12:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am new to this forum. I just however bought a complete "Perfection Oil Heater" Reg #1526. It has an 8" Glass circular band completely around the unit. This was my attraction, I plan on using it on my patio for light and heat. Do you know anything about this model or where I can go to find out more? Any one reading this I have open ears to listen about these units?

Liz Wright    Posted 01-27-2009 at 09:25:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just acquired a Perfection Oil Heater #510 from a lady at a sale. She had never used it other than for looks and didn't know much about it. I wanted it for function so I put in lamp oil and it works great. Since then I've read to use kerosene. Have I ruined it?? liz

las    Posted 12-06-2008 at 12:03:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
This sounds similar to the one I have. The trademark # is 1527.. It also has a glass globe and actually works. We've used it on the porch. Please advise if you got any feedback. thank you..

Margaret Pye    Posted 02-13-2008 at 11:06:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My father-in-law was just inquiring about the Perfection Stove, he has the oil compartment only.
It has the triangle Trade Mark, it was pattened in March 21-May 1916 in Sarnia, Ontario.
I'm planning on contacting the local archives to see if they have any documentations from the manufacturing company.
My father-in-law wishes to find out more information as well as the value. You're reply within this discussion board has been very useful I will be passing it along. Perhaps I can take a picture and submit, and if I find anymore information from archives I will forward it.

Margaret Pye    Posted 03-05-2008 at 13:28:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
From what I understand about the Perfection Stove Company. It was an American firm, however there was a plant located in Sarnia, Ontario. There is a complete stove displayed in the gallery at Lambton County Museum in Ontario.

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