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Corona DK 23 will not light; switch is upside down!

I just put in a new wick, and new batteries. The coil lights and moves to where it's supposed to, but there is no sign of the wick.
I can see that the dial is now upside down. That is, it used to turn clockwise, from left to right in an arc above the dial; and to shut it off, counter-clockwise, from right to left in an arc above the dial.  Now, the switch is backwards -- to go from off to the lighting position, it makes an arc UNDERNEATH the dial, and UNDERNEATH the dial to the shut off position. 
When I installed the wick, it worked fine when I tested it. Why did it change?

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  • eridon Oct 09, 2008

    I disassembled the heater again, down to removing the wing nuts so I could re-insert the wick assembly and make sure the dial is at the up position and re-set the set lever.  The wick is still too low for the coild to light it.


    There surely must be a set screw somewhere to re-align the wick, but I can't find it.

  • eridon Oct 10, 2008

    The knob is now working fine. I had to take it apart again, down to the wick assembly, and make sure the wick was at its highest point before putting it back together, with the re-set newly set -- and that's what did it. 


    Now, I still can't get it to start. The igniter is not close enough, and yet the wick is where it should be and the measurement between the top of the wick and the pins is the correct 2 and 1/4 inches.


    Don't know what to do except try and start it with a match.

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Watch using matches to light a heater like this there dirty and cause problems in the long run long lighter for grills will save from extra garbage getting in the heater

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