How To Adjust A Torpedo Heater




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2cyclemix: Is diesel #1 the same as diesel pump fuel you can purchase at a gas station for a truck?

Courtland Beale: There doesn't seem to be any forum that tells what happens with too much pressure. As the video poster says and I've witnessed, too little pressure seems not to burn completely. Does anyone know what too much pressure does or know why it maybe be bad?

Ted Hall: Got two of these as part of buying the house. Hadn't a clue how to operate them. Will be thawing pipe this afternoon! Thanks.

mandy nihiser: Very helpful, thanks

moparmusclecars: My 30,000 btu heater I can't dial down to 3 psi, and screwed the adjuster screw counter clock wise all the way and it still shows about 4psi. Is that ok?Also, my other one shows about 2psi, and it should be at 3.6 psi (50,000 btu heater) but turning it all the way clock wise, it won't move up. What is the problem? Both will run sometimes and they have the plug firing, It appears they are spraying lots of fuel, but just don't ignite to start working all the time. I can see the nozzle spraying fuel, but both will shut off before they actually ignite. At other times they ignite. What is wrong? I ordered a photocell to change out in one.

Mosby's men: you think one of these could be made to run on 12 volts by changing out the blower motor ?

Rusty West: I was just given a Remington 150 and I am wondering what I need for a hose to go from the heater to the pressure gage. It looks like you have a nice little rubber hose with fittings. Did you make that and if so what kind of fitting do I look for to fit the heater? If you bought it where do you suggest buying it? Is it a standard size?

Stephen Coll: Very helpful. I've spent years struggling with beat up torpedo heaters, never taking the time to know how they worked and adjusting the pressure blind while having fuel pressure gauge's around the shop. Thanks for the video. 

Ken ibn Anak: Yes, this was useful. Mine is about 15 years old. A Reddy 55. I hadn't used it in almost 9 years, but pulled it out of storage yesterday and fired it up. No leaks, which was a worry based on rusted outer screws. If course when it was new I had treated the fuel tank with liner fluid, so maybe that helped. Mine shoots right on past cherry red and goes to a yellowy orange. Maybe a little too much pressure? Nice to know how to adjust it. My home in the mountains has a large basement cut into the stone and sometimes that basement drops into the 30s. That makes it hard to keep the house warm, which is where my Reddy comes in. It takes about 20 minutes and the temperature in the basement climbs up into the 70s. Give it an hour or two and the basement hits the 80s and the upstairs heaters can be turned off. Kerosene is about $3.80 a gallon at the local gas pumps, within a few cents of the diesel price so I see no advantage in experimenting or multi-fueling yet.

James Burton: That's all fine and dandy. But I bought a Non-Working one and truly did MY homework. Mine wouldn't light and had Zero Pressure. I fixed it. Guess I gotta start making YouTube videos that show people HOW TO. Thanks for the Video.

Julie Reesman: i have reddy heater wont light the fan kick on then shut off

schrankm: I live in north central Ohio. Many gas stations have a kerosene pump and it is normally very similar in price to diesel. It's not the same 1-K that you buy off a Walmart shelf but it burns nice and clean.

vegasfordguy: @mikey0himself I'm running mine on K1 kerosene as well, It has a kerosene smell on start up, once it heats up the smell is tollerable however it does has a smell. If yours has a nice red color to it then it's most likely adjusted pretty close, if the pump pressure was low then it wouldn't have a nice red color. When I run mine I will fire it up with my garage door open & once it heats up I will either close the door or just leave it slightly cracked. I kinda wish I had gotten a propane unit.

sixtyfiveford: I have run #2 diesel for years in my shop and it never smokes or smells like everyone claims online. There is a very very slight oil odor if you really try to smell it. I have even run off highway red Diesel without any trouble or smells. I like paying $3.50 a gallon for road diesel over $10+ for a gallon of Kerosene. At those prices its cheaper to use electric heat or a propane torpedo heater. Good video on how to adjust these.

vegasfordguy: @rocsvt1 Really? I have never used a propane torpedo style heater but I would think that the propane would burn much cleaner. I know in my camper none of the propane appliances have an oder to them at all. Maybe these heaters are an exception?

nate379: @rocsvt1 I use regular fuel oil in mine (diesel/fuel oil same thing here in AK). Probably kero would smell a bit less, but a 5 gal can of K1 is around $40. Fuel oil is under $4/gal.

007bondspy: Good video man, you are a gem... Very helpful thanks.

vegasfordguy: Yeah, that's what a few people tell me. "I sell propane and propane accessories"

miKe Fox: thanks for the video the manual was vague for mine, it's a mr. heater 75kt. Does yours stink?, mine is stinky. Front cone is mostly red. I have not attempted to adjust the pump pressure as i dont have a guage.... mine is running on A1 kerosene.

son8god8damn: mine fuels real bad burns your eyes out lol so i dont use it

Sebastian Gonzalez: thx

hunterjh13: Great job,thanks for making this video.

Dusty Crandall: I just bought a 50k Mr. Heater for $23. Got it home and found out it has continued spark and fan runs but it wont fire up and heat... Any suggestions???

65bug519: that pressure adjustment can also allow it to run on diesel,just turn the pressure up a bit for diesel down a bit for kerosene. but dont let the end of the burner get bright orange only red to dull orange or it will burn holes in the chamber or melt the end cap!!

A Mouse: Just bought one of these at a thrift store with no documentation or instructions... Ive seen these, but never used one and didn't know how to adjust it, so yeah this video is very helpful, thanks!

vegasfordguy: I've never tried diesel simply because of what others have said. Perhaps I should give it a shot. Kerosene is a PITA to find around here by the gallon and it's not cheap.

schrankm: I bought kerosene today for $4 per gallon.

vegasfordguy: I would think the fuel mixture is too rich.

rocsvt1: yeah i thought that too when i bought it. could be the brand of propane? idk i just thought it was smelly and sold it and got the kerosene heater and heats a lot faster i mean in 20 mins i have to shut it off because it gets really toasty in the garage and thanks to your video in burns even cleaner now.

sixtyfiveford: You must live on the east coast where heating oil is more common.

vegasfordguy: @mikey0himself I'm glad it helped.

miKe Fox: Fixed mine thanks to your help with adjusting the fuel pressure. Mine was actually running way too lean and sputtering occassionally, i thought it had something wrong with it but all that was wrong was the pump pressure was turned down so low it was borderline not enough, a simple adjustment and it no longer has a stink and it doesn't sputter! Thanks

demetrius small: I put my heater away last fall and it worked perfectly, now it cuts on and back off in a few seconds. Help anyone?

76chyanne: i have flames comin out of mine perioctic is this dirt ,and the cone center does not get red any help thanks

rocsvt1: propane stinks too! i bought one and has a lightly smell or raw propane and bought one kerosene reddy heater 65k on craigslist and adjusted it and it don't smell as bad as propane.

ColtCobra2002: I took our 55,000 BTU one at work and screwed the pressure screw all the way down and slightly opened the back, it not puts out about 30% more heat and sounds like a jet powered helocopter, dont know how long it will run like this, but it sure is nice....

vegasfordguy: I'm glad it was helpful, Thanks.

milkman44107: Hey! I would take it as a good thing! At least they don't call you the neighbor Bill! I have found a 210,000 btu one on Craigslist for $200. Now, I own a couple rentals and sometimes work outside or on the cars with no garage. Do you really think its worth getting? I have been debating back an forth with my self on the idea... Friends tell me it's not worth it, but sometimes I think it may come in handy. That or a generator...

milkman44107: LOL! You remind me of Hank Hill! Good info! Thanks!

miKe Fox: Ok, thanks. Mine is stinky in my opinion, i think it needs adjusting, i realize theyll smell. i think i need to back off the pump pressure a bit? it's pretty red . i'll also try shooting it outside until it heats up. occassionally the flame goes out for a half a second. i wonder if the nozzle is dirty? Im surprised how stinky they are.

B. Bennett: thanks for the info!

kc0rock: Good Job! I see your furry friend does a good job of helping/supervising your work too!
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