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When my heater is on it stinks and smoke i just changed the wick

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Usually the heaters smoke because too much of the wick is exposed. Try lowering the wick to the point where it doesnt smoke

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Put in new wick cleaned it up wait an hour lit it and it smokes any suggestions


new wicks in kerosene heaters will smoke till the mfg coating burns off it , burn it outside for a few hours then readjust wick height then it should stop smoking

Mar 11, 2015 | Heating & Cooling

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I have a dynaglo RMC 95-ca and it stinks.How should I clean it and what is the proper wick height. I do not have manual. Thanks for your help.


Stinks? Are you using old Kerosene? Have you replaced the wick recently? Is there soot on the inside or around the top of the heater? If you answered 'Yes' to the first question, then you know what the the solution is. If the unit has soot on or around it, then the problem is with the wick. It may need to be replaced or if it's fairly new, just trimming the top with a pair of scissors may be enough. As the wick height is concerned, it depends on how much heat you're looking for. Generally, the wick height shouldn't exceed 1/2" from the top of the adjustment mantle. Of course, it can be turned down some, once the area heats to the desired comfort level. The final question about the odor or it's cause. Have you painted, stained or cleaned your carpeting recently.? If you have, the heater is picking up the residual odors from those things and making it 50 times worse.

Hope this all helped solve your problem. Please let me know.

Mar 11, 2011 | Heating & Cooling

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I just replaced the wick, cleaned up the heater and filled with new K-1 kero. The heater (Dyna-Glo RMC-95-C7) is emitting black smoke worst than ever. The wick is burning a little unevenly.


Either the wick was improperly installed or you may not have allowed enough time for the wick to soak in the kerosene and become evenly distributed. Check the placement of the new wick and allow time (several hours) for the wick to absorb the kerosene.

Jan 31, 2011 | Dyna-Glo RMC-8001SS Heater

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I cant shut the heater off. The knob wont turn to the left. Even the shut off switch on the side wont turn the heater off. What should I try?


Try tilting the heater so the flame extinguisher snuffs it out. Please do this out side as it really does stink when it is shut off this way. After it cools please take it apart and check the wick you have a problem in your heater and something is bound up in the wick assembly. Take your time and do this outside as well because it is a messy job and kerosene stinks. Your wick should turn up and down with little to no resistance.

Dec 29, 2010 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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My dynaglo kerosene heater will not continue to burn. It is full of fuel and will light but will not burn. what could be the problem?


Many things can cause this to happen and here are a few of the most common. The wick could be dirty, wicks should be brownish black in color, soft to the touch and flexible. Wicks will get hard and full of soot, my solution is to clean the wick with an old tooth brush gently brush it and I do this with the wick up about half way so I do not damage it. Then I take a shop vac and **** out all the stuff from the wick, make sure it still moves from high to low easily. Now soak the wick for roughly a half an hour and then light it. If the cleaning does not work you will have to change out the wick and remember that soaking the wick is the most important thing to getting good life out of it. Another practice is to burn out your heater each four to five tanks of fuel, this does stink bad so when you do this do it outside. Once you notice that you are about out of fuel take the heater out side and just let it burn out, this does clean the wicks on these heaters. Fill with K1 kerosene soak for the half hour with the wick completely turned down, then set to high and light it up. This cuts down on smell, helps it burn hotter,and in turn burns more efficiently.

Dec 26, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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WILL NOT START BURNING. REPLACED BATTERIES, GOOD SPARK. CLEANED. NO FIRE


When is the last time you cleaned your wick? A dirty wick will not light, wicks should be soft to the touch look burnt but not hard. Are you burning K1 kerosene? Other grades of kerosene have larger amounts of parafin in them this creates a crusty black hard carbon on the wick making it hard to light and also makes it smell like a semi truck running. I use an old tooth brush and clean the wick, let it set and soak for at least a half hour then try to light. Just a tip if you let your heater burn out every third tank this cleans your wick. Only burn it out in a well ventilated area as this stinks something bad never do this inside. Don't forget let the wick soak for at least a half hour. If your wick is over three years old replace it. Good luck hope this helps!

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I have a 23-dk corona kerosene heater. it was smoking so i replaced the wick. after replacing the wick it still smokes heavy. how do i fix the problem.


Check all airvents into conbustion chamber. Make shure they are all clear of blockage. The heater needs air to burn fule properly. Check wick adjustment it may have to much wick.

Sep 03, 2010 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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Changed wick in corona 23dk , now has very high flame and smokes like crazy.


the wick is round in this heater and may have to be cut for height. should be about an eigth of an inch below the top

Jan 11, 2010 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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After shutting off heater it smokes out the back of the heater


This can be caused by an uneven or worn wick. Replace the wick and make sure there is no debris in the wick channel as when you shut off the heater if a piece of wick or debris is sticking up it will smoke after shutting down untill it has cooled.

Oct 08, 2009 | Dyna-Glo Heating & Cooling

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Change the wick


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.

Oct 13, 2007 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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