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Is there any way that you can check a regulator to see if is bad or not. I have a brand new one but I still cant seem to get my heater lit This is my first ice house and it is all new to me. Thanx for any help

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I would agree with WFW - I ran into this the first time I tried using my Big Buddy Heater using a hose w/ regulator. That is a good place to start.

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I would quess that you have air in your gas line.Have you held the pilot light button down for a few minutes?

I have to do this every time I haven't used the heater for awhile. This would be my guess as well.

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Similar thing will happen with my gas grill. If you turn on the knobs first before opening the tank then it barely lights and you don't get much flame. If you open the tank valve first, then open the knobs on the grill the pressure is correctly equalized and you get nice flame. All about getting air out of the line and getting the pressure to build up.

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Was your propane tank also new? It could be that they didn't purge the tank correctly. If that happens there can be a lot of air in the tank and that will make it hard to light and stay lit.

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Maybe the orriface is slightly plugged. I had this problem on the pilot light oriface and had to use a fine needle to get it working. Worked great after that.

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Does this heater have a pilot light? On the valve block there should be setting for light pilot. You'll need to push that button down as you light the pilot light. Being that it takes very little gas it will take a long time for the air to purge from the line. Once the pilot lights you'll need to keep that button pushed down till the thermocouple heats up. Release it to soon and the light will do out. Next step is to turn the knob from pilot to "heat" or whatever.

If the pilot light won't stay lite the thermocouple is either bad, the flame height needs to be adjusted, the thermocouple placed closer to the flame, or you have a build up on the thermocouple that needs to be cleaned off.

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