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Just filled my propane tank, tryed to light the pilot light, it would light but was very weak and would not stay on. Is the pilot plugged and how do I fix? Thanks

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Undo pilot tube at base of pilot and remove jet inside and clean or blow in pilot jet with tube or can of air should work then

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