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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.

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When I try to start my mr. Heater I hold the pilot button down and the starter knob won't do anything? I can't get it to light the pilot, I've only had it a month.


Gas is turned on? Pilot button is in pilot position? Push and hold pilot button down, keep holding it down, push igniter many times, while keep holding down pilot button, keep holding until pilot lights. May take several minutes.

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Big buddy Heater - 20 lb tanks won't keep pilot lit,


I had the same problem I called tech support and they said to turn the valve on the 20# cylinder on very slowly for the first 1/4 turn then all will be fine. There is an excessive flow check valve that causes restricted flow when the valve is opened quickly----------mine works fine now

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When mr heater portable buddy is on for about 30minuts control valve sticks on high and even on low when heater cools moves it moves freely


The solution is to contact Mr. Heater tech support. Once I made contact with them they took my complain very seriously and wanted immediately to inspect my unit. They issued a FedEx Pickup request to take my unit back to Ohio. They're sending me a replacement unit which they promised to test before send it it me.

Jul 16, 2012 | Mr. Heater Mr Heater Portable Buddy...

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When I press down and turn the know the pilot lights but as soon as you let up on the knob to turn it there is a click and the pilot light goes out.. This is on my Mr. Heater Big Buddy


When the pilot lights continue holding the button down for a full minute and then release. It should stay lit then to allow you to turn it to the on position. If the pilot will not stay lit after holding it for the full minute, then the thermocouple will need to be replaced.
Hope this helps.

Sep 16, 2011 | Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater

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One side glows like a champ. The other side, dedicated for High setting, pooffs when I turn it to high, then kind of fickers and barely glows. I have a fuel filter and a six foot hose off of a 20#...


dirt , foriegn material,spider web in gas feed line to the right side ceramic element of mr heater big buddy. take plastic back of heater
off, many #1 philips or smaller screws. find large air induction holes
in gas feed line to right side ceramic element and blow out with compressed air and fine tiped /straw tipped air blow gun.
straw tipped air blow gun is a better tool for this.
reassemble & try lit mr heater again.
If it dont work after air blow gun the gas feed tube, you didnt get the gas feed tube cleaned out ,***** & span (something still in there ) and will need to disassemble the gas feed tube and inspect for foreign material blocking the gas flow.

If this dont work,need to take the gas feed line off the gas valve attached to Mr. heater red knob. red knob just pulls straight out, might need pliers to grab red knob.
check gas valve output for dirt etc that stop gas from getting through. check inside the gas line to the ceramic burner for dirt,
foriegn material- that stop gas from flowing through strong.

any stopage of gas flow , even a slight stopage or dirverting of the gas flow, spider web is common, will stop ceramic element from burning properly.

needs to be clean ,like a carburator.

Dec 27, 2010 | Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater

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Mr. buddy heater- pilot light goes out when i stop pushing it down- even after holding it down for 2 min.


would try to replace the thermocoupler for the pilot light and this should cure the problem.

Dec 22, 2010 | Mr. Heater Mr Heater Portable Buddy...

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Big buddy heater caught on fire


HI try mr heater wed site there has been some recalls on these heaters , it sounds like you had too much pressure going to the heater , or the gas valve was faulty, hope this helps

Feb 09, 2010 | Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater

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I have the Mr. Heater Big Buddy and it has been giving me trouble lately. After two years of flawless operation, the unit constantly shuts down, after only a few minutes of operation. I use a 20lb cylinder...


tough one doug, easy way is buy a new gas valve under red knob.
harder to try to fix old one.
the stopage of your mister heater is caused by the pilot lite going out
so what is causing the pilot lite to go out? that is the problem.

inspect the pilot lite and its gas supply tube all the way up to the main gas valve under the red knob control valve. unscrew the pilot lite gas supply line from the main gas control valve and clean out interior of gas supply line all the way through the pilot lite orfice to the open air. It must be totally clean, .like new, including the pilot
orface, in order to work properly.the least obstruction might deflect
or restrict the gas flow & cause poor or no opperation
.
when you unscrew the pilot lite gas supply line from the main gas valve,with a flashlight, look inside the hole, that the gas supply line was removed from.
It may be full of gunk that has to be removed for gas to flow properly. try blowing out with compressed air with a straw tipped blow gun. you may need carburator cleaner to loosen the gunk ,if gunk is present.
WARNING:::
If you use carb. cleaner, it burns like gasoline, so make sure any carb cleaner is blowed of with compressed air or blotted up with facial tissue & totally dried up & removed before firing up mr heater, in order not to catch mr. heater on fire.

If a lot of gunk is in the outlet of the main gas supply valve,you will
need a pocket screwdriver,a paper clip and maybe a sewing needle in order to pick out the crud.
It must be totally clean inside, like new, in order to have a chance at working.
It may still not work if more crud is inside the main gas control valve where you can not get to clean it out.

if you reach the point where you decide to buy a new main gas control valve, first try disassembling your old main gas control valve and cleaning it out,like rebuilding a carb, and reassembling it.
If this works,you dont need to buy a new main gas control valve
and have saved 30.00 plus 12.95 shipping
if it dont work,all it cost you was time & angervation.and you still need to buy a new main gas control valve.

Jan 04, 2010 | Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater

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