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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I just use a match. Turn the setting dial to High. Open the little door in front. The one with glass in it. Light the match. Push the pedal down that you normally use to start it with the battery starter. Put the match into the heater and touch it to the wick. With just a regular match, I can reach in far enough to light the wick. When you have a complete ring of fire, lower the pedal slowly and close the door. It will smoke briefly and then burn. After 15 minutes lower the wick till the flame is smaller and whiter.
did you soak the new wick a good hour in clean kerosine before you installded it???is your wick in the correct position? it needs to be 5/8" showing when installed in the up most position.very important to soak the wick or it won't wick up fluid as it is suppose to.
yes the sleeve comes out and ther should be a couple little barbs holding the old wick in.fold the new wick to put it in making sure the adjustment pin is in the right place on the sleeve then slide the whole thing back in making sure to get the adjustment pin into the nob while sliding the sleeve an wick down
try bringing your wick up to the fully raised position and pinch and bend the wick toward the igniter until they line up right. I have two coronas one of which has a broken igniter due to wear and tear. If you open the little door,press down the start lever,and light the wick with a barbecue grill lighter,you can safely light the heater if lining up the wick fails.
You must be very careful and follow the instructions exactly on these wicks. The pins must be inserted into the holes on the wick holder. It is also easy to install the wick holder upside down. Look for a small up arrow on the side.
You must soak your wick for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour. I know it's tempting to light it right away, especially when you are freezing, but you must wait. Wicks work by using capillary action. The fuel must have time to soak in properly.
All wicks are NOT created equal. Buy good ones, under no circumstances should you buy the ones that Walmart sells. They **** and you will be changing it in a day or two. Home depot sells a decent one, but for the really good ones visit Miles Stair wick shop. He also has some good info to deal with condensation and moisture problems.
Also note these heaters will not work if they are dirty. They must be absolutely clean of all dirt and debris, every single part. Especially the parts that come in contact with the wick.
Regular maintenance, good wicks and good fuel will keep these heaters working.