I disassembled it all over again, down to the wick in the sleeve. The wick is perfectly smooth, so that's not it. I made sure that I inserted it back in the sleeve with the knob in "high" position while I re-set the set lever. But the ignition coil is still too far away from the wick, and can't light it.
This is crazy because I used this heater for years, and it was working perfectly.
I put in brand new size D batteries. The ignition coil turns bright orange, but nothing happens. Is it supposed to glow, or make a flame? It's glowing, but nothing happens. What would happen if I just lit the wick with a match?
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.
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Two things usually cause the problem you noted. An improperly installed wick or the tails of the wick are not all the way into the tank. Therefore, it won't absorb enough kerosene for it to continually burn
Check out those two things and one of the other should solve your problem.
From your description, it sounds like the wick may need replacing or the tails of the wick are not hanging all the way down into the tank. And, therefore they are drying out. Thus, your flame gets low and eventually goes out. The only way to know is take the heater apart. If you're not comfortable doing that check with your local hardware stores, like True Value or Ace. many of these store do repairs on kerosene heaters and replace wicks. It can be a messy job, but someone has to do it.
u need to start at top . remove cage from top. there should be a few screws on the side of the upper case (the round upper part of the heater) once that is removed u will see the shaft the wick is attached to,the heater control are mounted here too. there should be some screws or wing nuts remove them. now lift the shaft out the wick will come with it (carefull wick wiill be wet with kerosene) remove old wick. when replacing new wick make sure to allign the top of the colored band with the top of the wick holder(the piece with the pins that adjusts the wick up & down) lower shaft & wick back onto heater and reasemble heater .be sure all controls and shut off work smoothly and correctly.
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
well other then getting dirty and tearing it apart...... on the dk-12 when you install the new wick the black line needs to match up with the adjusting coller then you push the wick onto the teeth and assemble the hard part on mine is the piece below the wick that guides the wick in the bottom there needs to be a little slack so the wick can get raised and lowered. I hate to sound like I like ace hardware but from where I am at there guy there is great rebuilding these.