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Username Post: Torpedo heater adjustment        (Topic#231349)
T57 
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T57
Loc: NE Ill.
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12-10-09 07:00 PM - Post#1821683    

Hi all,
I have a 60,000 btu kerosene heater that dosent want to stay lit.It runs for about 4 min.and then needs to be reset,I believe the prob. is the adjustments,however I dont know how to do that.
On the back of the heater there are 2 adjustments,one has a collar around it,the other does not.Do any of you knowlegeable people know how to adjust this?
Thanx in advance,and,happy holiday's "T"
IBEW
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Algoma56 
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12-10-09 09:14 PM - Post#1821758    
    In response to T57

Is it an oil fired style with pump, etc. The one I have, used to soot up on the igniter(spark plug) causing it to run rich, then not fire at all. Plug was inside unit.

Edited by Algoma56 on 12-10-09 09:14 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
T57 
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T57
Loc: NE Ill.
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12-10-09 10:09 PM - Post#1821791    
    In response to Algoma56

Not sure about the oil fired style.It does have a "spark plug" type ignitor that is inside the unit.
What you said about it sooting up kinda makes sense,I'll look into that tomorrow.
Although I'm preety sure I have messed up the settings on it,any idea on how to make them correct?
If not I'll clean the ignitor and try to adjust it by feel (although I'll just be guessing).
Thanx much for the reply! "T"
IBEW
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55MAS 
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Loc: North Coast, Ohio
Reg: 12-19-01
12-11-09 03:52 AM - Post#1821832    
    In response to T57

My keroscene 50,000 BTU torpedo heater has several filters which may cause the symptems you describe, starving for fuel and going out. Get out your owners/service manual and take a look at the instructions and exploded view and check the condition of them.


 
malibu101 
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Loc: Walnutport PA
Reg: 11-20-00
12-12-09 09:22 PM - Post#1822955    
    In response to 55MAS

First, change the filters. Most places that sell the heaters the the filter kit. It's under $10.
Is the gap of the spark plug facing toward where the atomized mist coming out of the nozzle hits it?
Is the Fireye sensor (the thing inside the round rubber plug that looks inside at the flame) clean?
When you say reset-Do you mean pusing the button that pops out at the back? If that's popping the Fireye is telling it to,it's sensing no fire (bright light) in the flame chamber.

The adjustment in the back that takes a straight blade driver is for the air pressure. At the bottom of the round housing is a "vacuum" line that goes to the nozzle. Pull that off and attach a fuel pump pressure gauge (the "old fasioned" vacuum/mechanical fuel pump pressure guage) attach it to the brass nipple and set the pressure to spec. I hope you have your owners book for the specs, or maybe Google it.
The hex head plug is just a plug. I don't know why it's there. Let it alone, it doesn't do anything.

Change the filters and let me know.
EDIT- Of course you only have a small amount of time to set the pressure. Since there's no air pressure to blow fuel in the Fireye will (should) shut off it within ~30 seconds.

Edited by malibu101 on 12-12-09 09:26 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
malibu101 
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12-13-09 10:28 AM - Post#1823206    
    In response to malibu101

Check out this link
http://www.bealsmotor.com/Desa%20Hot%20Surface% 20M...
also
plug your model number in at this link for your manuals.
http://www.desaparts.com/

Edited by malibu101 on 12-13-09 10:52 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
T57 
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T57
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12-15-09 11:58 AM - Post#1824504    
    In response to malibu101

Thanx much for the replies,all very informative.
I will post progress when i get some...lol!
"T"
IBEW
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T57 
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T57
Loc: NE Ill.
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01-02-10 03:54 PM - Post#1834801    
    In response to T57

malibu101,Your links were great!
Sorry its been so long(holidays)I cleand all the filters and adjusted flow.
Heater works pretty good now.The "shaker"switch seems to be very sensitive but thats dealable.
It has to sit for about 10 min.'s before it will stay running,but i dont move it very often.
Again Thanx for all the help "T"
IBEW
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malibu101 
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01-05-10 07:49 AM - Post#1836362    
    In response to T57

No problem. Glad I could help.

You said "I cleand all the filters and adjusted flow."
PLEASE tell me you replaced the half-moon filter with the gasket behind the rear round cover. If you "peel" it open you'll see a white filter (like a coffee maker filter) in there. After use it turns brown with dust. A new one is perfectly white. This filter is not cleanable. It is replaceable only.

Thanks for posting back on how things went!
Stay warm!

 
T57 
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T57
Loc: NE Ill.
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01-08-10 08:56 PM - Post#1838864    
    In response to malibu101

He-He,no I didn't,I tried cleaning it(you know how that went)Changing that this weekend.I'm about 50 mi. north of Chicago so I will prob. need it!
Thanx again malibu,will post how it goes!
"T"
IBEW
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