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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?

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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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