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Kerosene heater produces a lot of soot.

New heater. Still on my first tank of kerosen

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You are deffinitely not getting enough air to fuel mix, check your lines for breaks. If they are ok you will probably need to pressure check it.

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.my kerosene 125000 comes on but the fan does not

The motor drives the fan on one end and the air pump on the other end. From your description it sounds as if the air pump is not producing air, or enough air, or you are losing the air before it reaches the nozzle, which is the point where the vacuum for fuel delivery is created.

You must start by taking/setting the pump pressure, the fix the defect.

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Torpedo Heater Kerosene Heater Portable

There are many problems with portable kerosene torpedo heaters. To keep them running in top form you need to keep them adjusted properly and also give them periodic service.


This “tip” tells you how to troubleshoot your torpedo heater, It also can be useful for your to use to tune-up your heater.

This “tip” will walk you through how to set the pump pressure of your heater. This is one of the most important things to do to keep your heater running at top efficiency.

The next thing that you want to remember is that for your heater to run the best and get the longest runtime before service is need you need to run it with the cleanest fuel possible. Although these heaters are certified to run on kerosene as well as #1 and #2 heating oil and diesel fuel, you will get much more soot and other impurities built up in your heater if you run the lower grade fuels. Kerosene is the cleanest fuel you can burn is these units.

Another plus to running kerosene in your torpedo heater is that it will not gell in extremely cold weather. Even if the fuel is not completely gelled, when it gets very cold heating oil and diesel will get thicker and cause the heater not to work as well. The fuel is pulled up through a hose by the air going through the pump. Any changes in the viscosity of the fuel will begin to affect the amount of fuel pulled through the hose.

Bottom line is this. You may pay a bit more for the kerosene initially, but it will pay you off in the long run by you not having the troubles that you will experience by burning cheaper fuels. Burning only kerosene will give you a long satisfying experience with you torpedo heater.

on Jan 16, 2010 | Heaters

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My monitor 2200 heater is leaking fuel what could be the problem

That depends on where the leak is. If it is leaking out of the fuel sump the needle valve in the sump could be stuck or just leaking by so that the sump is over flowing. You could also make sure the fuel line fittings are tight where it connects to the pump and the burner chamber. If you are using an internal tank you should take the tank out and look down in the heater for kerosene. Check the fuel fittings in the back of the heater. Has the heater been working? If has gone through several attempts to start but hasn't lit kerosene could be built up in the burner and you should check the igniter. Also you would want to dry up any excess kerosene in of the burner. There are also some o-rings in the fuel pump itself but I wouldn't think they would be leaking. Basically there are not a lot of places it could be leaking just follow the fuel line from the back of the heater to the burner. You may need to wipe up the kerosene and then look for a drip. Hope this helps.

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Is it true that if you use moth balls with the fuel in my kerosene heater it burns cleaner & there wont be any build up on the wick? I get alot of soot build up on the wick of my kerosene heater &...

I can't answer about moth balls cleaning the wick but off the top of my head I would not try it as I do not know just what gases your unit would give off. I use kerosene heaters and find that after about 5 tanks of fuel I put on a pair of household rubber gloves, remove the chimney and turn the wick all the way up. Then I roll the wick between my fingers and get the hard carbon off. Once I have the wick clean I use the shop vac to vacuum it all up. I have found that by doing this my wick is never dirty, I do not get any smoke and the wicks last more than 20 years. Probably a better idea than moth balls. Let me know how you make out.


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My monitor 41 smells like kerosene when it sits idle, repair man came out and told me he fixed it, but it still smells

Does it smell like raw kerosene or exhaust. If it smells like kerosene it sounds like you may have a fuel leak. If you can remove the grill, look inside and check for any kerosene in the bottom and in the tray under the heater. You should also check your fuel line for leaks. If it smells like exhaust look inside and on back of the heater for any black soot marks. There are a couple of o-rings, 1 in the exhaust connection in back of the heater and 1 in the flue pipe where the exhaust from the heater connects. There's also several gaskets in the combustion chamber that could be leaking. Hope this helps. If you need any more info, you can send me an email (

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Heater used once 3 yrs ago. Now wont start.

When the heater hums is the fan turning. If it is I would add more Kerosene. There is no shut off but the Kerosene is sucked out a tube from the top of the tank. This tube does not reach quite all the way to the bottom of the tank. Your heater should hold about 9 gallons if it is empty. A couple of gallons would give it plenty to run though. Let me know.

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There are2- adjustment screws on the back 1--air---#2-fuel. adjust it while running for the perfect combination for the fuel/ air ratio.!

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Kerosene heater smoking

Hi, I would say that you have a build up of soot. Kerosene and propane heaters are notorious for this, you wouldn't think so but it happens a lot.Carbon up and soot.You will have to open it up, the combustion chamber and give it a good cleaning. I would wear a dust mask as soot as i am sure you know, will get on and in everything. Please let me know how it goes and if this solves the problem.
Good Luck,

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