DeWalt Kerosene Heaters Recalled Due to Risk of Fire and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The heaters, made by Enerco Group, can automatically restart when in standby mode

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Enerco Group has recalled about 4,500 DeWalt cordless kerosene heaters because the heaters can restart unexpectedly when in standby mode, posing a risk for a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, or both. Specifically, while in standby mode, if the surrounding temperature drops below the temperature at which the thermostat on the machine is set, the heater can automatically restart. Tools that produce heat and carbon monoxide are inherently dangerous if they are placed near flammable materials or if there is inadequate ventilation.

Enerco Group, which makes branded kerosene heaters under the DeWalt name, has received one report of the heater restarting unexpectedly but no reports of property damage or injury, according to the release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The heater recall applies to two models: the DeWalt DXH90CFAK and the DeWalt DXH90CFAKM. Consumer Reports does not test kerosene heaters and has not reviewed either of these tools.

Details of the Heater Recall

The recall: About 4,500 DeWalt cordless forced air kerosene heaters: the DeWalt DXH90CFAK, with serial numbers 340902-20001001 through 340902-20004000, and the DeWalt DXH90CFAKM, with serial numbers 340901-20001001 through 340901-20001500. Both models are rated at 90,000 Btu, have a DeWalt logo, and show both the model and serial numbers on a side panel, opposite the controls.

The risk: The heater can restart, posing a fire or carbon monoxide hazard.

Incidents/injuries: One report of the heater restarting unexpectedly, but no reports of property damage or injury.

Where and when sold: Lowe's stores, as well as farm and supply stores, nationwide from June 2020 through November 2020 for about $350.

The remedy: Stop using the recalled heater immediately and contact Enerco for a free replacement corded heater.

Contact information: Call Enerco Group at 800-964-4328, or go to Enerco Group's website, at enercogroupinc.com, and click on support, then choose recalls from the drop-down menu.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.


Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.