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Wick trouble can the wick be adjusted, it does not burn very good anymore?

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Re: wick trouble

the wick is held onto the moving mantle with pointed pins protruding from mantle. remove the mantle assembly and remove wick. then, if wick looks charred black on top, clean top of wick by trimming evenly all around with very sharp scissors; otherwise, use stiff brush... then assemble wick to a location that will be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch higher than when removed. may as well flush out kero tank before final assembly.

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Adjust the wick on a dyno glo kerosene heater

Robin, without knowing which model Dyna-Glo, I can only generalize. But, if you are not getting an even burn with the wick turned all the way up, then upon dis-assembly, if the wick is NOT pinned (pins in the wick engaging the lifter system) then remove the wick and raise it about 1/2". Lower the wick down into the wick lands and check for level. Trim as necessary to get a level top. Reassemble.
If the wick IS pinned, then no adjustment is possible. Remove and discard and install a new wick.

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Bought kerosene heater in middle of November and seem to have a wick issue. It will not burn properly and makes me wonder if wick was place in upside down. Can I fix it myself?

Trust me you can not install a wick upside down, the bottom of a wick is like an old mop. It has loose wove string and knots, it's job is to **** up fuel. Things to remember about wicks are, they need cleaned some times, I use an old tooth brush and gently brush the wick with it set down low so it does not get damaged. A wick must also sit and soak for at least a half hour before attempting to light it. A good practice to get in to is about every fourth tank of fuel let the heater burn out, this also cleans out the wick and burns off all of the impurities from dirty fuel. Yes you can check your wick but the entire heater does have to be tore down and you should do it only with an empty tank of fuel. This takes time , patience, and a little mechanical know how. When burning out a heater please remove it from your house and let it burn the smell is terrible, if you do this in your house it will smell like a semi truck is running in it.

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My dynaglo kerosene heater will not continue to burn. It is full of fuel and will light but will not burn. what could be the problem?

Many things can cause this to happen and here are a few of the most common. The wick could be dirty, wicks should be brownish black in color, soft to the touch and flexible. Wicks will get hard and full of soot, my solution is to clean the wick with an old tooth brush gently brush it and I do this with the wick up about half way so I do not damage it. Then I take a shop vac and **** out all the stuff from the wick, make sure it still moves from high to low easily. Now soak the wick for roughly a half an hour and then light it. If the cleaning does not work you will have to change out the wick and remember that soaking the wick is the most important thing to getting good life out of it. Another practice is to burn out your heater each four to five tanks of fuel, this does stink bad so when you do this do it outside. Once you notice that you are about out of fuel take the heater out side and just let it burn out, this does clean the wicks on these heaters. Fill with K1 kerosene soak for the half hour with the wick completely turned down, then set to high and light it up. This cuts down on smell, helps it burn hotter,and in turn burns more efficiently.

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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.

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When is the last time you cleaned your wick? A dirty wick will not light, wicks should be soft to the touch look burnt but not hard. Are you burning K1 kerosene? Other grades of kerosene have larger amounts of parafin in them this creates a crusty black hard carbon on the wick making it hard to light and also makes it smell like a semi truck running. I use an old tooth brush and clean the wick, let it set and soak for at least a half hour then try to light. Just a tip if you let your heater burn out every third tank this cleans your wick. Only burn it out in a well ventilated area as this stinks something bad never do this inside. Don't forget let the wick soak for at least a half hour. If your wick is over three years old replace it. Good luck hope this helps!

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