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Electric starter I bought my unit used. I can't tell how to make the electric lighter work.

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  • eridon Oct 08, 2008

    I bought my DK 23 new, and had no problem with it for years. Recently, it was time to put in a new wick; and now I can't get it to start. I probably did something wrong, but I don't know what I did.

    When I push down on the starter, the little coil lights up, comes forward and down, but I don't see any sign of the wick. I know that I put it on right, but maybe I did something wrong when I put the parts back together?

  • eridon Oct 10, 2008

    Now that I have taken my DK 23 apart several times, with each new piece of information from half a dozen websites including Corona USA, I am convinced that the wick is in correctly down to the exact 2 and 1/4 inches between the top of the wick and the pins in the sleeve. The knob is also working perfectly. So is the coil, but the coil appears to be too far away from the wick to light it. Last thing I heard from Corona is try lighting it with a match, and if it still won't light, the kerosene could have water in it, in which case forget the whole thing. So far, I have not found the right kind of matches at home so I have to go out and see if I can find long ones.



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Do not use a match to light your kerosene heater. For one, basic kitchen matches are too short and put you in a dangerous position during lighting. Yes, they make long matches, but that brings us to reason number 2. The head of a match has a tendency to fall off and could foul your system.

If you just can't get your electric start to work and you need to use a flame to ignite your heater, go to the grocery store and buy a package of bamboo skewers. They are cheap and you get dozens in a pack. Light one end of the skewer and use that to ignite your heater. After its lit, the end of the skewer can be cut off and reused. A single bag of skewers will last a really long time.

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You can light the wick with match or one of those Bic BBQ lighters.

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I have a different make and model, but many of these use a similar design. A battery pack (2 x D or C cell) is mounted on the kerosine tank. The batteries are used to heat a coil. The coil is pressed by an external button against the heater wick. Pressing the button also engages the switch, heating the coil until it glows red hot.

1. Open the burner chamber of the unit and confirm it has a wick installed (this is a used heater--who knows it's condition). Close the chamber.
2. Make sure the tip-over protection hasn't retracted the wick. Generally the tip-over protection is reset by a lever on the base of the burner.
3. Adjust the wick all the way up. A knob on the base of the burner does this.
4. Fully depress the electric starter until the coil touches the wick.
5. When the kerosine on the wick ignites, release the starter and adjust the wick to the desired level.

If the electric start coil does not glow, check the batteries. If the batteries are good, the starter coil may be bad. These are also

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