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Wickes how do you change out a wick in a kersun heater

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I went to a site that has questions and answers about a kerosun heater. from what I gathered, instructions on how to replace the wick are included with the replacement wick.

Posted on Dec 07, 2007

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Once I light the wick the flame flutters until it almosts extinguishes itself

Have you ever changed your wick? This sounds as if the wick is dirty or hard to the touch and that is normal on these heaters. First is fuel selection and K1 kerosene is fuel of choice for these. Next as a rule of thumb about every three tanks burn out the heater completely(do not do this in the house it really smells terrible when it burns out). Make sure you soak the wick at least a half hour prior to lighting. If the wick is newer you can try cleaning it with an old tooth brush by raising the wick just high enough to brush it lightly. Feel the wick and if it is hard loosen it up by bending then brushing it. Ultimately you will need to replace the wick and that is all about patience take your time and follow a manufacturers instructions. Good luck.

Dec 13, 2010 | Dyna-Glo Heaters

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Wick not burning properly and smells

You need to use pure kerosene do not use died or color kerosene it depletes the wick faster and causes a distinct odor. Pure kerosene should be clear.

Dec 16, 2009 | Heaters

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When I light my Coleman Catalytic Heater, it burns

The wick isnt drawing up any fuel? Does this heater have a primer?

Could the wick be sitting above the fuel inside the tank?

You might just try changing wicks and restarting.

Dec 12, 2009 | Coleman Heaters

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Have a Dyna-Glo. Took it apart to change the wick

take the wick back out lower your nob and install wick, I hope this help you, I have made this mistake too

Oct 23, 2009 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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How do i change the wick?

You need a pair of Pliers, a flat-tip screwdriver and a plastic bag (for old wick)
ALSO - make sure the tank is empty (or as close as possible)
1. Turn the control knob to OFF.
2. On the left and right side (bottom, just under the wire cage are two cabinet screws. Remove these.
3. Using the handle, lift straight up to remove the cabinet (entire upper assembly)
4. Gently pull off the wick adjustment knob (you will need to push in the little square button.
5. Remove the "dressing plate" (the ring about 3" high) that the "Off" "Low" and "High" markings. The chain attaches this the fuel cap, but you don't have to remove the cap. Just set the "dress plate" ring aside as far as the chain lets you.
6. Either trip the manual shut-off or push against the wobbly pendulum to the left of the control knob shaft to drop the wick all the way down.
7. Remove the four wing nuts that holds the heater on the wick assembly and carefilly lift teh sick assembly from the heater.
8. Reset the automatic shut-off, put the know back on temporarily and raise the wick all the way.
9. Turn the Wick Assembly upside down. Place the white plastic strip, packed with the new Wick, on the Wick Cover to protect your fingers.
10. While holding the Wick Assembly upside down, pull off the Wick Cover with a sharp tug.
11. Remove the Wick while folding it to the inside. (Remove the Wick Sleeve together with the Wick).
12. Take the new wick and insert the Wick pins into the three holes of the Wick Sleeve. (Make sure the short portion of the Wick is UP.)
13. Attach the Wick wo the retainer teeth of the Wick Sleeve stick into it, making sure the Wick fits evenly arount the inside with no wrinkles or bunching.
14. Fit the Wick and Wick Sleeve back onto the Wick Guide, making sure you fit the pins through the slanted grooves of the Wick Guide and Press on each of the three pins from the back, making sure they are inserted securely through the holes on the Wick Guide. (This is where most people screw up Wick Replacement, so make sure you get this right)
15. Turn the Wick Adjustment Knob to make sure the Wick slides up and down freely. (Note, the wick should automatically be set to 3/8 of an inch when fully raised.)
16. Turn the Wick Assembly upside down and replace the Wick Cover by: Align the four tabs on teh Wick Cover with the four screw holes on the bottom of teh assembly and snap it into place.
17. Hold the Set Lever to down position with your finger.
18. Remove the protective strips from the Wick Cover. Turn the Wick Adjustment Knob to the fully raised position and light pull on the "skirt" of the Wick to remove any slack. Then press the skirt lightly onto the teeth on the Wick Cover to hold it in place.
19. Replace the Wick Assembly on the heater WITH THE WICK RAISED. Replace the wing nuts, tightening gradually, tightening opposites sides first(If counting clockwise, tighten screw 1, 3, 4, 2 - go through several rounds, tightening gradually so it seats evenly
20. Before further reassembly, trip the Auto shut-off and reset it to make sure it works properly. Test the Wick adjustment knob to make sure Wick slides up AND down freely.
21. Remove the knob and replace the "dressing plate ring.
22. Replace the entire upper assembly "Heater Cabinet" and repalce the two screws. Replace the Wick Adjustment Knob.

Oct 11, 2009 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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Change wick corona dkc22

u need to start at top . remove cage from top. there should be a few screws on the side of the upper case (the round upper part of the heater) once that is removed u will see the shaft the wick is attached to,the heater control are mounted here too. there should be some screws or wing nuts remove them. now lift the shaft out the wick will come with it (carefull wick wiill be wet with kerosene) remove old wick. when replacing new wick make sure to allign the top of the colored band with the top of the wick holder(the piece with the pins that adjusts the wick up & down) lower shaft & wick back onto heater and reasemble heater .be sure all controls and shut off work smoothly and correctly.

Jan 10, 2009 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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I need to change the wick on my dk 23 corona kerosene heater

what make and model is it? They are very simple to change,never heard of 1 "Not" lighting tho,unless you have water in tank and the wick sucked up the water...water don't burn,You can also raise the wick in their now if it has never been raised,as long as it don't have "riviet"looking things attached to sides of wick to fit it wick housing(Sears is good for that)If it a round or square heater it pretty much the same you have to remove the outer shell of heater, its always a good idea to dump out fuel first,at the base of wick their is usually 3 wing nuts or screw that hold wick Assembly in,after removing them you pull housing up to remove ,notice how the old one is on and remove and put new one on,when putting back in make sure wick fans out and goes to bottom tank,put back to gether and your done,most replacement wicks come with directions and height setting for the wick, Its not real hard as long as you pay attention

Nov 26, 2008 | Heaters

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I must warn you, replacing the wick is a very tricky job. You should take it to the place where you buy the wick and let them install it.  Call first to make sure they provide this service.

Nov 09, 2008 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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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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