Shipping a Perfection "Firelight" Kerosene heater can be a gamble, especially if the heater is not properly packed. I have compiled a list of helpfull packing techniques that will aid in it's safe delivery to it's new owner. If you are a seller follow this guide to prevent breakage of the heater, and a very angry, and dissapointed buyer, if you are a buyer, please request from your seller that he/she follow these guidelines when packing your heater for transit to prevent the total discust of unpacking a destroyed antique heater.
Remember these heaters have been out of production for nearly 30 years now, replacement globes are no longer available, except 2nd hand here in the wonderfull world of ebay.
#1. The flame spreader must be secured, to secure your flame spreader in place, with the fount (tank) in place, and the heater open place a sheet of paper over the flame spreader, and close the heater on the paper. This will secure the flame spreader.
If the flame spreader is not secured, if the box is tipped over, laid on it's side or turned upside down the flame spreader can drop off of the fount, it then becomes a projectile gunning for your Pyrex Globe, and it rarely looses.
#2. Your box needs to be 4-6" taller than the heater, and 4-6" wider as well. You want a 2-3" cush at the bottom of the box, as well as the top. It is recomended that the globe portion of the heater be qrapped with such as bubble wrap, and a snug fitting box placed over the globe area. Fill all the area around the heater snugly with packing, the heater needs to be snug in the box to prevent too much free movement. ake sure you have a 2-3" cush at the top as well, w/ some snug packing there as well, this will keep the heater in it's place, but at the same sense will make thebox and packing take the lick if the box is dropped, and not the heater. If the heater is sitting flush in the bottom of the box, and it is dropped and hits the bottom, the globe will shatter.
#4. For good measure, always ship these heaters upright, as they would sit in the floor, do not ship them on their sides. Remember to mark your box all over "THIS END UP" as a message reminder to the shipper, it should also be marked as being fragile, and glass.
If you follow this guide you are more certain to receive a "Firelight" Perfection in unharmed condition.