Torpedo Kerosene Heater Repair & HOW They Work




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SKMC69: I bought this EXACT one in 1997 at Home Depot I think. Anyway, I just used this the last 2 days at work. Never have had to repair anything on it. Serious quality.

Terry Martin: Got to say thank you for posting this video. Fixed out little Reddy Heater today, was a fouled spark plug... I can't change the air flow setting the screw rounded off, but its working okay as it. 

ruffypoo: I am having a huge issue with mine. It is very temperamental!!!! When I got it I replaced the heating element (no spark plug) and cleaned the fuel filter. It ran great 90% of the time. The other 10% what it would do is (I call the kicking chicken) it will start like normal then it will blow raw fuel out and it starts to shut off and come back on over and over till it stops and fills my garage full of nasty white fuel. As of last week for some reason it will not even work. It does the kicking chicken now and never runs the way it should.

handers17: top man, I knew the people from over the Pond were clever but not just how clever, now I know as much as you, top editorial thanks

thornwarbler: great video thanks 

Alejandro covarrubias: i got a 15000 pro it doesn't come on it tries but cuts off. can you tell whats wrong???

huntsbd: I have a ready heater 100a, I can turn the photo cell towards a light and the unit will run, when I put the photo cell back, it cuts off. Would this be a bad photo cell or a bad flame out control. The plug and nozzle seem to be working fine. Thanks.

TheJf5432112345: I have a couple questions. Do you prefer propane or kerosene? If so why? Do you run straight diesel instead of kerosene for the cost difference? I just bought a small kerosene heater for my garage (a small portable, but it prob only 20k btu's, it's the old perfection heater), and want to buy another more powerful one and can't decide on sticking with kerosene (which I am hoping I could run diesel for cost purposes) or going to propane. I also bought the kerosene heater cuz its looking like my state is making it illegal to have a fire in a fireplace, thus if the power or gas ever goes out I will still have some heat.

liloz33: Ya I have lots of fuel flowing. The fuel is for sure producing the cloud out hte front. It tries to light for awhile and than trips the reset button. I don't have a way to check the pressure at this time. I never made any adjustments to the fuel pressure when it went down. I don't have a fuel leak in any place. I tore the unit down and cleaned it up to see if I had any leaks. I have the spark plug pointed right direction and I have tweeked it a couple of times to make sure the spark is right. I will try and drain the fuel and try some fresh fuel. It seems everything else you mentioned it working fine on this end. If I don't get this pretty soon I will have to go out and purchase another one. Need to keep some heat on my skidsteer. This might be really stupid on my part. I never put the unit back together when I tested it. Do you have to have the unit together as a safety thing? I noticed you put it all back together before you started it. I am going to try that. I am guessing I am not that lucky. Thanks for all the help hope we get this thing running. Not that it probably matters. The heater you feature in the video is the exact same one I have. I tape up the second spark plug lead. 

nickgw: Just wanted to thank you for your video. I have the reddy heater 55 also, although mine uses a glow igniter. I went through and checked each of the areas you mentioned. Everything seemed to be working individually (glow, fuel, air), but my issue was that my heater would run for 30 seconds to a minute then shut down. I finally pulled the fuel line and blew down into the tank to clear it. When I did, fuel came back up through the line??? So, I figured that the tank was pressurizing. Come to find out, the breather hole in the fuel filler cap had debris and rust in it that clogged it shut preventing the heater from drawing fuel because of the vacuum it created after a minute or so. Just thought I'd share in case someone else could use the info.

Ross Guidotti: Howdy. I've put in a new ignition transformer in my R35A Reddy Heater. It would ignite the fuel and it ran for a 2 hours i'd shut it off. come back a few days later i'd have to take off the top of the unit and blow excess fuel off the plug for it to light up. Now finally I went to use it and now it's not sparking at all. This is a brand new igniter. What's my next move. My ingiter/coil has two leads. i put one on and wrapped the other one in a tape (NO PLUG) and sat it under the ignition chamber. The photo eye is working cause it's shutting off after a few seconds. What's the take? Did I burn out the igniter by only having one plug used and the other one not attached? I really love this thing and want to get her running . The video is fantastic and your teaching approach is excellent. PEACE

1jonat: Hi 65, love your videos. I have a multi-fuel torpedo heater that is not working. I dont even know where to start with it. It has a thermostat and an on off button. I plug it in and turn the thermostat all the way up and hit the switch to on and nothing happens. It doesn't even make a noise. Where do you think i should start? BTW it can run on kerosene, diesel, jet fuel and waste oil. It is 165,000 BTU. Your help would be appreciated.

FlintSpall: Helpful video.Actually been working on a master b150c model today.Replaced nozzle kit,due to it would run without the top,put top on it'd choke out.It did better,but had difficulty adjusting pump pressure.Found that one of the plug ports had hair line crack around it,so I took the pump cover off another compatable heater I have,slapped it on and worked nicely.I have a new filter cover on the way.I do have a question though.I sealed up the crack with silicone to check if it'd still work before ordering a new one,,and at start up,it puffs out a big puff of smoke then planes out,,,do you think the new filter cover will fix that??,,or could something else be the problem?? Thanks

gill834: i got an older torpedo heater (master ) it trips out almost straight away,it does not have a photocell on it,any ideas ?thanks

jason Rudolph: Great video! Thanks for the help. Purchased a used sears heater that when I purchased it, it had no issues starting up. When I needed it, of course, it wouldn't start. It puffs a cloud of smoke and turns off. Any thoughts? Thanks!!

Bill Gilbert: Great video! I also have no spark on my heater but I'm unable to locate a cheap universal ignitor like the one you used. The cheapest I found was $43.99 on Ebay. Would you please post a link where I can order the ignitor for about the same price as you paid and also one that has a long enough spark plug lead..... Sure would appreciate it! Thx Bill 

Joseph Maximus: The part i asked you to identify is a "carbon rotor" which was broken . I ordered another along w/ pump filter from "Space Heater Parts.com", cost was $27.00 for both w/ shipping. So now you know what it was that i tried to identify. Is there anything special i need to do when installing this part ?

H.D. C.: nice video...I purchased a duralast 55,000 btu torpedo last year and haven't used it more than a few hours. I have owned many heaters similar to this one...my problem is the fumes are much stronger than the ones I have used in the past, its like it is running rich or something so would the psi being to low do this or to high?

7Westwood: Thank you....very informative...I had a bad unit, now I am confident to try to fix it.....

Earl Blansfield: So my heater fires up and runs fine for about 5 minutes and then shuts down. I can restart it without a problem, but again it will shut down in about 5 minutes. I bought it new about 2 years ago but it probably only has about 100 hours on it. Just curious if you have any ideas why it shuts down. 

1jonat: Thanks buddy i will try it out and let you know. I'm sure it will work perfectly now that i got advice from you! Thanks man have a great holiday season with your family and be safe out there!

Shawn James: Hi first off great video and second what website can I visit to order that ignitor pack... 

Joseph Maximus: Just finished working on my Reddy Pro 150. Changed all hoses, cleaned the orifice and fittings with carb cleaner. All appear clear. Problem: Pump is not drawing fuel, took the hose out of tank and placed it in a clear jar full of fuel, just to see if it was getting fuel. Has no suction and didn't pick up the fuel. Do you think it could be the pump and if so, is there any way to repair it? P.S. - took apart the pump cover and there was a filter which i cleaned, also there is triangle black pieces of plastic or some other substance that is part of the pump, can you tell me what this is ?

liloz33: I have now changed the ignitor and also the photo cell flame and I still do not have heat. Wondering if you have any other suggestions? I have good spark from the plug now but after changing the sensor I have the same results. I bought the sensor locally but it is the same sensor you referenced. Is there a way to by pass the sensor? Why hazard is caused by by passing?

1uniquez: I have a reddy heater 1701 unit that will start right up, but then goes out within 5-10 seconds everytime. any idea what this may be ?

Byron Horne: Hello, I just bought a Mr. Heater MH50KR 50000 Kerosene heater from craigslist. I turned it on last night and it would spark but no fuel came out. i moved the air pump line further onto the outlet and now it comes on. Fuel comes out and the front gets red but flames come out the front for a couple of minutes while getting hot but sounds like its sputtering. I tried adjusting the two nuts. I checked the air filter and its a little dirty but not much. Any adeas? Not sure if I shoudl check air line, fuel line or adjustments in back. Cheers!

mark lee: 1:11 Lose your hand, Captain? Arrrr!

David DelMonte: Thanks, very helpful. 

Joe Dady: I was gonna give you a thumbs up until I seen the ford signs. LOL.J/K

liloz33: I do now. I did have the fuel lines swapped out by the photo sensor. I thought I saw that but I just worked a 24 hour shift anyway I swapped the lines and got the fuel to flow and it idd not help. I have the same results but now I have the fuel spraying. Still have good spark as well.

Joseph Maximus: I have a Reddy 150 pro it is throwing out a lot of flames can you tell me what the problem is ? Thank you.

John Johnson: Thanks Guy - Very informative!

865sticks: Yes it does have a thermostat which I bypassed but it didn't help

liloz33: It took nine months but the website finally has the ignition module in stock and I got mine. Now the Optical sensor apparently has gone bad. Do you have a webpage for that? I goggled it and even went to reddy heater webpage and can't find one. Thanks for the help "I GOT SPARK" :+) Is there a way to test the sensor to make sure it is bad? I did find one now but they call it a "Flame Sensor" pretty sure that is it. Same webpage. Thanks again

Ross Guidotti: Neither lead is sparking anything. 

John Dunn: Awsome vid

Dustin D: thanks for the video helped a lot have a reddy heater 35 it is supposed to be set a 3 psi got it set it starts and run great and the front plate get nice and red the only thing is when you unplug it has smoke come out the back for a little bit is that ok or do i need to fix it and how thank you for the help 

raul santoyo: I have a ready 155 what do I use for fuel and the video was very helpful

J Brainsky: That wasn't painfull to watch at all. Nice video.

Joseph Maximus: Can you use diesel fuel mixed with kerosene , say 1/3 diesel 2/3 kerosene . Thanks, love the video.

2cyclemix: I came across one of these today. It's made by Dayton. The small amount of kerosene in it is probably at least 2 - 3 years old. Does kerosene go bad like gasoline?

Gary Ronan: They work great in A garage if K-1 kerosene is used. Fuel oil will stink up the place. Usual precautions apply. Plenty of ventilation, working CO detector, have someone check on you from time to time and you will be warm and safe. A thermostat that plug's into the wall and then into the heater will save A lot in fuel cost but they are not cheap. I found my heater's and stats at auction in the dead of summer dirt cheap. Not much call for heating equipment when the day is topping out at 100+! I have A couple of propane unit's that I prefer but when it gets cold I don't care, as long as I'm warm! Thanks for the information. I was not aware of the universal spark coils. Good to know.

ScrabbleMonster1: Excellent video, may god bless you even more than he already did.

Boerje69: Thanks! This really clarified things. I too had problem with spark.

Hagfan789: I have the same unit you have here..I'm having trouble with it not burning all the fuel from the nozzle..just making smoke & fumes then eventually pulsing out..plug & spark is good..nozzle is clear & spraying fine..I'm leaning to some bad kerosene being the problem maybe?. I just topped it off with new fuel too..figures..I'll check it for water & get back to ya .Good video btw

Stephen Zielinski: I replaced the plug,photo cell,new K, filters, It won't fire now and just shuts off after 5 seconds.Is it the pump?

marknlinda417: Great video, thanks for sharing your knowledge on this. I wasn't sure where to start until I watch your video. 

Richard Tringali: my opening is almost 16 inches round too the thing heats my garage in no time at all

Victor Maslak: I tried to adjust. pressure to3.4 because front wouldn't get hot enough, no matter which way I turned adjustment it stayed on 2 psi ,what could be the problem?

Timothy Bertsch: my heater does not ignite with the top lid is on. If I take it off it ignites. it's calling for 5 pounds of pressure , I only can get 2.5 psi.I tried adjusting it but thats all i get. the spark plug sparks for the first couple minutes and then goes out is this normal? I change the pressure and fuel line hose is still does not seem to get over 2.5 psi. I installed a plug from another heater I have and it does the same thing. any suggestions? thank you 
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