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I use my Mr. Heater 15,000 BTU Propane Heater / Cooker in a hunting shack out in the woods. At least 2 of the four windows of the shack are open when using the heater.

Yesterday right after discharging my 12ga slug gun, the heater caught fire with visible flames coming from and all around the back of the heater. It made a loud "whooshing" sound at the same time. It extinguished itself after a few seconds. I checked it today for dead bugs, cob webs, and gas leaks and none were found. I operated the unit with no problems today. I can only assume that the muzzle blast of the shotgun (5 feet away) caused the problem. My question is: is this normal with this type of heater? Have you had any complaints of the same thing happening to other hunters? I will really appreciate any thoughts or comments!

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Well first thing is don't discharge a 12 gauge indoors! Having said that, good job this time because it has identified a propane leak! Check all the joints for leaks using soapy water and look for bubbles. The flamey explosion will have got rids of the bugs and cobwebs. :>)

Invest in a Carbon Monoxide Monitor as well.

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