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Big Buddy heater shuts down after a short time while on Hi. There is plenty of ventilation. It will do this even if sitting on the picnic table in the yard. Any suggestions? Have used single, double and 20# tanks with filter and same result.

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Well, this happened to my son during the winter of 09 with my Buddy Heater, my heater sat around for months on my shelf hopefully ready to use, and the heater was not used in excess as it was. My son about froze off his body parts trying to camp last year, turns out a recomendation on a web site to use a Qtip Swab dipped in rubbing alcohol swabing inside the pilot orfice tube did the trick. Seems the sensor in the pilot tube area collects dust or some webs and this affects the sensor. I thought it was lack of oxygen when he called me with trouble but he already provided plenty of air for cumbustion saftey, but still the heater would run for short time then make a click/dink sound from unit and shut down. Anyway, tried it when he got back with it and sure enough, click/dink sound in a short time and off the heater went. After discovering this suggestion online it was the right answer because it has worked perfectly ever since, in fact heater was just used recently the weekend of March 20th-21rst 2010 up north here in Michigan. When they sit like mine did the pilot orfice tube collects dust that affects the low Ox sensor. By the way, before he took it recently I simply took canned air as a precaution and blew it out, at the very least this is going to be my standard maintance procedure with it EVERY TIME before it's off to a camping trip.

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