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Mr Buddy Heater Flameup on ignition

My Mr Buddy heater worked fine until a friend knocked it over inside my ice fishing shelter. When I turn the valve to pilot and push down it seems there is too much propane being released, and if you push the ignition button down.....the result is a large flame

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    My Big Buddy Mr. Heater leaks Propane on both sides.

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It sound like the pivot inside the regulator is damaged. I think that you will need to replace the regulator.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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