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12recon

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As found on the net.****

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.

larryh

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I would add another thing to this I have found rather fool proof.. I take a piece of heavy cardboard say from a furniture store carton and cut it so that when you fold the piece you have a center slightly smaller than the carton and edges that can be folded down or up depending on how easy they are to go in that anchor the cardboard in place. Sort of like a square with four tabs extending from each edge, the extra corners are disposed of.  then I  cut out a circle of the center a couple inches smaller than the heater is around and take a razor blade cutter and score all around to create a set of small flexible fingers that when you push the piece down over the heater will bend and hold the heater firmly in the center. I do it once at the bottom of the chimney pushing it against the wider bottom of the heater..  (first as mentioned I put a cushion of wadded newsprint to hold it up and some around the edges up to the top of the base). If you have some pieces of foam they make a good way to keep the bottom from denting and hold it open before adding paper over it.. Then set the heater down and add that cardboard.  I then add a second section of the cardboard which I push down over the top metal cap, if you have the tabs facing the top of the carton you can use packing wide tape and also secure the tabs to the box insides.  After that I fill the top over the heater with several inches of wadded paper, and if I have extra another piece of rigid foam to keep the structure of the box reinforced. Usually one at the bottom is sufficient though.  I also wrap the glass portions in bubble wrap before putting it in the carton. 

I hope this made sense. 

Larry
jackcom7

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Great tips guys.  I  had a package come in mail just before X-mas.  A #1527 very poorly packed with broken glass. Even after warning the shipper to use great care in packing most won't.  In most cases it is easier to find an different Firelight heater then to buy a replacement glass. The flame spreader is usually the main problem. Larry's idea of the cardboard to center heater in box and old news paper wadded up is a good one. Old news paper is by far the best packing I've seen.  Insurance should always be purchased, just in case there is a problem.   Jim
larryjohnsondu

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Another way is to completely remove the globe, carefully wrap with loads of packing, and repack in a separate box, and ship separately. It is a sad reality that UPS and FedEx have deteriorated to the point where there is no personal accountability for handling packages; they blame the shipper if packages don't stand up to their heavy-handling. News flash; any markings of any kind (this end up, fragile, do not crush., etc.) mean nothing to many of these employees. I'm not saying that every single employee of these firms are worthless, but enough of them are that your package is likely to pass through one that just doesn't care at some point, and it winds up getting damaged. Most of the packages I have received in the past year range from moderately to severely damaged; it is the norm.  Complaining does no good; they just say send it back to the sender, who eats the cost. (Of course they always leave the damaged package on your porch, and you have no opportunity to refuse.) 

Having said all that; your package has to be bomb-proof if you expect it to have a chance.
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