Bought a Wenzel Petromax knockoff for cheap a couple weeks ago. Came with the wooden box, reflector and all the goodies. The guy who owned said his kids bought it for him as a Birthday present and he never used it. Brand new.
Got it home, took it apart and lots of soot inside the vent and top burner, inside the fount was brown residue from dried up kerosene. Bet he tried to light it and got a good fireball and Put it back in the box. Good thing he didn’t run it as he left the rubber rings on both ends of the globe used for shipping protection.
Something was rolling around inside the fount. One half of the pump check valve unscrewed somehow. Couldn’t get the rest of the check valve out with a big screwdriver. It was stuck solid. Had to destroy it and use an easy-out.
Got the new check valve in today’s mail so I got everything together and cleaned up. I put a dab of muffler mender paste on the ceramic burner cap threads so it doesn’t come loose, made sure the gas tip on the generator was tight. Filled it up with kerosene, pumped it up to redline on the gauge and let it sit for a couple of hours. No leaks and held pressure so I tied on a mantle and set it on fire.
It’s a cheap imitation of a real Petromax but still pretty cool to work on and get going. Burns real bright and looks nice.
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