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Mr. Buddy Big Heater.

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Bought a couple of new 1lb tanks, and screwed one into my big buddy heater and the threads on the dial side of the big buddy heater totally striped out. Anyone else have problems with the big buddy heaters like this? I took it back to the store and they replaced my big buddy heater, but was a little taken back at how easily the threads striped.

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I haven't used the 1# tanks on mine, but I haven't heard of the issue. I just use the quick connect 12' with an 11# tank.

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Never heard of it before. The tanks should twist on with little to now effort, if it is turning hard it is cross threading, back it off and try again. I think the threads on the buddy heater are made out of a softer metal than the tanks so the heater will always lose.

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I've used 2 1#ers before with no trouble. 99% of the time, I have a 1# on one side, and the quick connect to my 11 lber on the other. It's nice to have backup! My B buddy is 3 yrs old now and running great

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I gave up on the buddy heaters for the Mr Heater/Cooker. Seemed to me that they were much warmer. They Buddy series does have it's advantages... but heat was not one of them in my opinion.

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I use the quick connect as well. It's got one of those collar couplers so you don't even mess with threads. I would recommend it. You can use it with a 20# or 11#

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Push hard then twist. I could see how this happens if you are freezing and in a hurry. Just go slow until it starts to grip and you will avoid the problem.

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dose any one elss have kind of a hard time to get the big buddy lit ....it will most all the time light but might take me 5 minnets have to hold down the polit lit for like 4 minnets to i think blead all the air out of the line i use a 10 foot hose....it would be nice if they would come up with a better way to blead the air out

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That's typical of brass threading vs steel threading. It's good and reliable, but it is also prone to striping if you thread it wrong. Seen it happened on a lot of 20# tanks as well.

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I was taught to always turn the fitting counter clockwise a bit or (Clockwise if reverse threads) until you felt it drop into the threads and then tighten for gas fittings.

I was taught this by an old timer that worked for Xcel energy when I was contracted to install gas meters for them.

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it would be nice if they would come up with a better way to bleed the air out

Get the quick connect hose with the regulator.

Pleasant, I do the same thing and it works very well.

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Get the quick connect hose with the regulator.

airjer - I have the same issue with the quick connect with regulator if I haven't used the heater in awhile. Is there a "trick" to getting the air out faster?

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Shorter hose. I use a three foot hose and can't see an advantage to a longer one. You just set the tank out of the shanty anyway.

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Shorter hose. I use a three foot hose and can't see an advantage to a longer one. You just set the tank out of the shanty anyway.

Yeah I picked up the 10' green hose because people recommended the length is nice....but in the end the cord gets cold and wants to stiffen up making heater placement often difficult. Having a shorter hose would be easier I think in the end if you are just setting it right outside, not to mention a faster purge.

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I have the 12 foot hose on my big buddy and here`s what i do.Shut the big buddy off before you shut the tank off.Then next time i use it the pilot lights right away and after 10 seconds i turn it on the low setting.It sputters a little air out but keeps burning.

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The other thing that you can do is connect the hose to your tank and open your tank and press down on the center of the end that connects to your buddy till you smell propane and now when you connect it will have propane right away. REMEMBER NO OPEN FLAMES WHEN YOU ARE DOING THIS or you will have a torch to deal with.

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airjer - I have the same issue with the quick connect with regulator if I haven't used the heater in awhile. Is there a "trick" to getting the air out faster?

Even when I take it off the tank I have had no problems getting it started. It will flame out after about 30 seconds (from the air getting in the hose when filling the tank) but it starts right back up.

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