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Getting to much kerosene floods sparkplug and wont light

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  • paulthwall Nov 06, 2010

    thats not the problem,it is spraying to much kerosene. it just floods the spark plug, I put in new spark plug it started and when I shut it off It wont start again because its 2 wet.

  • paulthwall Nov 07, 2010

    Im still getting to much fuel,thus drowning the spark plug, which wont let it fire.

  • paulthwall Nov 07, 2010

    my heater fired after adjustment but when you turn it off and later turn it on, it wont fire.

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The carb is flooding. Please clean the card properly as its float does not seem to be working. It is not moving up with the liquid to stop the flow of Kero. It needs to be cleaned and adjusted.

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Hi,

There are a number of issues that keep these kerosene heaters from working properly.
One of the most important is the fuel pressure. The procedure to adjust this requires that you have the right tools and the time to set it up. It sounds like your air/fuel mixture is not right and that is why your heater is not lighting...

Here are a couple of tips that I wrote that tell you how totroubleshoot a Torpedo or Reddy heater...

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    Okay...then you have a bad nozzle....it is not holding a constant flow....not uncommon...

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Fuel adjustment screw is found by following the airline tube from nozzle to pump. The air line is attached to vane pump that forces air into the nozzle. The velocity of the air is what draws fuel from tank. Small plastic screw next to air filter screen may be turned in for more air and out for less air thus more or less fuel. I have found that the quality (new/old production) of the kerosine has much to do with wet plug (seemingly too much fuel). Old fuel or diesel fuel will not readily light. Start with fresh kerosine and gradually add/mix old fuel.

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  • John Trevino Nov 10, 2010

    These heaters are rather crude and are not exact in fuel air ratio; then add to that the question of the fuel (old /new, kersonine , diesel , coleman fuel? ) Making these heaters run is like starting an old car with manual choke. The heater works best (efficient with fuel ) when flame is burning lean but gets hottest when fuel is spraying rather rich. I would adjust lean / rich screw to work best when burner is hot and running well. This condition /setting may not be best when starting cold. You can play with the amount of air being pumped into jet by restricting air filter with your hand. If you cover the filter less air can be pumped to nozzle thus less fuel is punped in at start. Also you can restrict the amount of air that is blowing thru heater (large volume of air blowing thru heater tends to blow out flame) by restricting opening at rear with piece of cardboard. Good luck

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Hello,

This is called over floating. Leave the machine for a while (maybe couple of hours) and try again. By then the over floating would have stopped.

Or, remove the spark plug, scratch it against the ground, fix it back in and try again.

Any of the above should fix this problem.

Good luck.

Posted on Nov 06, 2010

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