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I have a Detroit vapor stove, looks like maybe a camp stove

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I have a Detroit vapor stove, looks like maybe a camp stove on legs, 3 burner, gravity fed, and I think kerosene fuel. (not sure) I can't get it to light. I think I found the circa to be 1917. any help appreciated.
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Customer: how to light it.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 month ago.

Hi,
My name is***** have been dealing in and appraising Antiques for over 40 years, and I can help you with this.
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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hope these loaded ok.
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 month ago.

Hi,

Could you show an in focus photo of the entire stove?

Thanks,

Wayne

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
maybe this works
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
don't know why it has problem with focus. looks good on my end
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
unpressurized fuel container tank
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
it is a MODEL # 230 Detroit Vapor Stove
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
circa 1917 I think
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
info on knob to turn on
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
model # 230
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 month ago.

Hi,

You are correct, these stoves used Kerosene as well as what they would call stove gasoline. This is circa 1920, this was actually used in homes and not considered a camping stove. This would sell for $150-200 to a collector, Here is a link to a page from a catalog. https://books.google.com/books?id=SfjhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA22&lpg=PA22&dq=detroit+vapor+stove+No+230&source=bl&ots=Qa64eozI4u&sig=qTpNDato5yvhr_DBDCgPsln6V6U&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxm8qer4XQAhXF5iYKHU81CHUQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

Thanks,

Wayne

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Do you have a reason that with kerosene added it will not light? kerosene has come to the burner but will not light up.
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 month ago.

Hi,

I'm sorry but I can't tell you how to fix this, I can only tell you market value.

Thanks,

Wayne