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Troubleshooting Tips for Your Portable Propane Heater’s Pilot Issues 

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February 9, 2024

Troubleshooting Tips for Your Portable Propane Heater’s Pilot Issues

Are you experiencing frustration with your portable propane heater’s pilot light refusing to start, light up, or stay lit? You’re not alone. It’s a common issue that can put a chill on your outdoor activities. Fear not, as we’ve got some valuable tips to help you get that comforting warmth flowing again.

Firstly, if you’ve just unboxed your Heat Hog and are firing it up for the first time, it’s crucial to follow a simple yet essential step. Before attempting to ignite the pilot, hold down the control valve for a solid 30 seconds. This allows the gas supply to reach the pilot and effectively purge any trapped air. Skipping this step might result in ignition problems, leaving you scratching your head in the cold. It’s a small but impactful precaution that can make a significant difference in the performance of your portable propane heater.

If, despite following the initial setup instructions, you’re still grappling with pilot issues, there are a few additional troubleshooting steps worth considering. This heater uses oxygen from the area in which the heater is used and includes an Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) for safety. Always make sure there is adequate ventilation air provided to keep your heater running. If you notice this is your problem, provide fresh air, wait 5 minutes, and re-light. Additionally, ensure that the propane tank is adequately filled, as low fuel levels can also impact the pilot’s performance. By addressing these common hiccups, you’ll be back to enjoying the cozy warmth of your portable propane heater in no time, making those chilly outdoor moments a thing of the past.

Note: For the 18,000 BTU unit, be sure you have an AAA battery installed correctly to start.

If using a 20 lb tank connected with a hose, be sure the valve on the propane tank is open.

With these troubleshooting tips, you’ll soon bid farewell to pilot light issues and welcome back the warmth to your outdoor adventures. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy your Heat Hog to the fullest!

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