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When your Perfection heater has burned the wick down to where it can't "cam" the Flame Spreader to full height any more, it is time for a replacement wick. Here is the difference between a new Hattersley wick and a used up one.
[1_zpsa99wwbcq]  You have two choices. Toss the wick and install a new one or replace the cotton wick with a new universal wick from Miles Stair. I have found the universal wicks to be cheaper and you get 2X life over a pre-made wick. Here is the universal wick installed in my carrier of choice, a vintage Perfection carrier.
[2_zps2pqvywxa]  The wick is inserted so 1-5/8" of the wick is above the carrier. Use Dental Floss to "sew" the wick to the carrier. Note the use of a vintage carrier provides you with many places to sew.
[3_zpseubzrojk]  Vintage carriers are almost always included in the heater and Fount you just purchased, complete with a suspect wick that you were going to throw away anyway!
Insert the new wick over the inner air tube of the Fount and slide it down.
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Engage the twin sprockets with the slots in the carrier. Again, the vintage carrier is easier than a reproduction.
[5_zpssvoqvkyd]  And position the tails of the wick away from the adjuster shaft and into the bottom of the Fount.
Slide the outer gallery over the wick and screw down.
[6_zps8lj77znz]  Pour some water clear Kerosene on top of the wick and install the Flame Spreader and crank the wick up to maximum.
[7_zpsvxspgwl0]  Light it up and burn off most of the fuzzys.
[8_zpsa3ixozjr]  After the flame goes out, clean the top of the wick and fill the Fount with water clear Kerosene and burn the wick for a couple of hours to "break it in" By then you should have a fairly good edge and it will provide dozens of hours of service.
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When the wick does burn down to the un-useable level again, just cut the Dental Floss and raise the wick to 1-5/8" above the top of the carrier and re-sew. You now have essentially a "free" wick because the tails of the wick are long enough to still reach the Kerosene in the Fount with a fuel gauge reading of "0".
Mark the wick carrier so you will know you are on your 2nd raising and the wick will need to be replaced next time.
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