Last summer during my Maine cruise I had problems with
the left burner on my Kenyon Marine model 126 pressurized alcohol stove,
the one I use most frequently for percolating coffee after moving it out
onto the starboard-side cockpit seat for lighting (whew, that initial
flare-up needs to happen outside). Apparently the gallon of
denatured alcohol I'd bought the year before had gone bad: when I
last filled the tank just before the problem began, I noted that it'd
turned "tea-colored," probably rust I now surmise. (Mar. 28, 2006)
I replaced the gallon of alcohol at a hardware store up
in Boothbay Harbor and dumped the old supply. The problem
persisted, so I fell back on using the right burner and planned to look
into it over the winter. Yesterday the time had arrived.
INSTRUCTIONS BOOK IN PDF FORMAT
Kenyon Marine has been fantastic with customer support. When I
first called them in 2003 for instructions (after scaring myself half to
death on first trying to light the stove, with its flare-up --
fortunately I'd first removed it from the boat and had a garden hose
at-the-ready!), not only did they send directions and a schematic (see link at left) but
provided free-of-charge a new air-pump washer, "the first thing to go,"
I was told. I've stored it somewhere for safe-keeping -- I've come
across it a number of times -- but haven't been able to find it in the
boxes of "winter storage" while searching for it. But that isn't
my problem now anyway.
I disassembled the entire unit down to its smallest
parts, both burners right down to the tank, cleaned every tiny piece
with acetone -- removed a layer of what appeared to be rust from many of
them -- then reassembled it. Still the burners didn't work correctly, but
I had rearranged the holes in the burner flange, lining them up. This morning I
put them back to roughly where I'd found them: slightly
off-center. The stove now works!
The stove reassembled and working almost like new!
(I finally found the new air-pump rubber washer/gasket and replaced it
with Season 2006 improvements
It's never-ending ...
but spring has arrived and Sailing Season '06 is in sight