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BUTTERFLY #A-822, PREMIUM 22 WICK
Butterfly A-822 may well just be the best kerosene cook
stove yet for those looking to store a stove until it
is needed, then expect that stove to last for decades of
very hard use. Because virtually all parts are made
from aluminum, they will not rust in storage. The
catalytic cylinders are steel - that is all. And
this stove produces enough heat for any canning and
baking needs, and do so every day, all day long, for
decades. Made in Indonesia, these stoves are used
in restaurants throughout Southeast Asia as daily use
How do I rank
the Butterfly A-822? I have all of the
multi-wick Butterfly stoves and the 2418 gravity flow
stove, plus other assorted kerosene stoves. This
stove will do it all. The quality and size are
evident. The heat output is sufficient to enable it
to work as an emergency heater. And the aluminum
construction means it won't rust in storage. There
are no glass or fragile parts to break. It is easy
to light and use. If I had to have only one
kerosene stove to keep in storage until needed - and know
it would be there ready to use for all my canning and
baking needs, this is the one.
The A-822 uses
22 wicks to produce 14,000 BTU/hr of heat.
That is easily sufficient for canning and baking
when using the Butterfly #2421 oven. The cast
aluminum grill on top fits into the base of the
#2421 oven and holds it securely. The fuel
reservoir safely holds about 3 quarts of kerosene,
good enough for about 6 hours of burn time using
high heat. Click on all the photos to enlarge
This stove is easy
to use. The square shape with open sides like the
#2487 means it is easy to
light all 22 wicks. That is a major benefit when
the stove has to be used repeatedly all day long!
At 6 pounds, 10 ounces it is light enough to easily carry
when required. The all-steel 22 wick Butterfly
stove #2698 weighs in at almost 10 pounds, for
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prices are low and service is high - a great
Disassembly is the first
step. At this point every part can be
examined so you can be thoroughly familiar with the
stove. And now is when each piece is given a
coat of liquid auto polish. The polish seals
the pores in the metal so spilled liquids are easy
to clean up and do not leave a stain. Yes, I
know it is aluminum and aluminum does not rust, but
it can still oxidize. I apply a coat of auto
polish to clean off any preservative oil and
protect the finish of any metal stove, heater or
lamp as the first step. Then I know it will
look good for years.
The wicks are installed by
pulling them up from the bottom. First,
though, the fuel gauge is removed so it does not
get in the way. I used a large straightened
paper clip to pull the wicks through - it is
visible in the right hand photo. The wick
riser is at maximum height - the wicks will retract
down into the wick tubes.
The photo at right shows all the
wicks installed. Note that the wicks are in a
trough or groove with lips or ribs on each side of
them. Those ribs are your height cutting
guides. The wicks have been pulled down from
the bottom so the tops of the wicks are about level
with the guide cutting ribs. The stove can
now be assembled and fueled for the first
burn. If you are going to store this
stove until needed, stop right here before
fueling. The next steps can be completed
within a few hours and the stove will be ready to
burn should be done outside because there will be
fumes. The preservative oil on the catalytic
converter burner unit will burn off, and they need to get
hot enough to properly season and anneal. Adjust
the wicks down during this first burn to eliminate any
really tall flame spikes that could produce soot.
There will be flame spikes during this burn because the
wicks are new and not level.
Once the stove
cools down completely, the wicks can be leveled so
the stove burns without flame spikes. Using pliers,
pull the wicks up slightly above the wick slot. Now
you can lay a pair or sturdy scissors or shears across
the wick cutting guides and trim all of the wicks to the
same height. The design of this stove is that
as tar and carbon build up on the tops of the wicks, the
wicks can be trimmed less than 1/4 inch to get a new
burning surface. That is why the wicks are so long - they
last a long time even with frequent trimming as needed
when the stove is used on a daily basis.
Do not let the
stove run out of fuel. Turn it off by lowering
the wicks. There will be lingering flames after you
lower the wicks completely. Let those flame dwindle
down for a few minutes before blowing them out. If
you don't, the fumes in the catalytic converter will
smell quite badly! If you let the stove run out of
fuel the wicks will burn down level with the bottom of
the wick slot and make pulling them up quite
The Butterfly A-822 is a large
The base is 12" square and the
height to the top of the pan bracket is 13
1/2". The size and strength of this stove
enables it to easily support even oversize stock
pots, as shown in the photo at right. Notice
the reinforcing brackets at the corners - it
is strong enough for very heavy duty use.
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Early American Metal Font & Specialty Lamps
Aladdin Lamp History
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Kindler Wicking For Oil Stoves & Ranges
Alphabetical list of most kerosene heaters and the proper wick,
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List by wick number and the heaters that fit them. (A
helpful guide for buying on eBay)
Measurements needed if you have an unlisted heater.
Care and Maintenance of Kerosene Heater Wicks
Installing Kerosene Heater Wicks - generic for unpinned
Owner's_Manuals & information for many kerosene heaters
Heaters - General types, how they work, recommendations
for some good ones - and those I would avoid.
Economic Benefits of
Troubleshooting kerosene heater common problems
In New Kerosene Appliances
Kerosene Heaters at Night
WATER IN KEROSENE causing "dwindling" and poor
Flame Spreader Heaters
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A Century of Excellence
Kerosene Heater Carts
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Kerosene Fuel Primer
Kerosene tank cradles
Building a Cradle
HEATERS MADE IN THE NETHERLANDS
Beatrice Boiling Stoves & Mini kerosene heaters
you can make
Sad Iron stoves; Wicks &
Wicking For Oil
Burning "WICKLESS" Stoves & Ranges
Kerosene Stoves, Lanterns and Ovens
Kerosene Stoves -
Recommendations on different models
Stove Maintenance and Storage
Butterfly A-822, 22 wick, all-aluminum
Butterfly #2487, 16 wick stove.
Butterfly #2412 Pressure
instructions for virtually any pressure stove.
Double Burner Stove;
good with any gravity flow stove.
Oven for Kerosene Stoves
Butterfly #2641, 10 Wick Stove
the least expensive emergency stove.
Butterfly #2698 Cook Stove -
THE Best Heavy Duty Cook Stove.
#828R Pressure Lantern;
same for most pressure lanterns.
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