Using Kerosene (or Paraffin) Heaters in Japan
Researched By Cornelia [22 Dec 2011]
Kerosene heat is a common option used in many homes in Japan. Particularly after the earthquake,
tsunami and resulting nuclear power plant accident of March 11, 2011, many people in Tokyo have
bought kerosene heaters to bypass heating through the Tokyo electric power supply. The primary
advantage is that kerosene oil is cheaper than electricity. Currently the cost of a liter of
kerosene oil is about 84yen (December 2011) if one goes and fills up at the petrol station. One
can also have it delivered at a mark-up.
New kerosene heaters come in a variety of colors and about 3 designs. Pictured is a very common
style. Old heaters are also for sale through various second hand markets. There have been
incidents of elderly people dying of carbon monoxide poisoning, so it is a good idea to understand
how kerosene heaters work, and use them correctly.
There is information on safety available in abundance. Common sense helps! The heater pictured is
used in combination with a fan to distribute the warmed air efficiently throughout the room. It
requires an electrical outlet. Don't block air intake (on the back) and air output (on the front).
Here are some links that might be useful:
Todd's instructions. Todd gives you a great overview,
but if your internet connection is too slow for youtube videos, this may not be much help.
Sample pricing for new kerosene heaters.
A selection of kerosene heaters available through Amazon Japan.
Overview of heating in Japan.
Wikipedia's take on this topic
Guide to heating in Japan.
A useful comparison guide to the various heating options, but there might be one or two errors.
Here are some instructions for filling the kerosene reservoir. Everyone has their own variations, but
this should get you started down the right path.
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