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I have two units. Propane supply and they either do not start or will not stay on. I would recommend that you save your money and spend more on something else. These units are anything but reddy.

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    i have the same problem won't stay on. piece of ****. looking for repair ideas

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Sounds like one has a bad ignitor and the other needs a new flame sensor. Check Mr. heater, all the parts are basically the same, just splice your wires to the old harness. No hot wire or ground so it does'nt matter how you hook them.

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