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Old December 21st, 2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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i bought a propane torpedo heater last winter off a great lakes member. i used it a few times but had to keep turning it off due to excessive smell. something isnt working right. i thought maybe it was because i was using to small of a tank. bbq tank. i switched to a 100lb tank and still the same problem. the flame is blue but it just seems like its not burning the fuel right. no other torpedo heater i have used has smelled like this one or given me a headache within minutes.

anybody have an idea what might needs to be looked at?
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Old December 21st, 2008, 01:10 PM   #2
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it needs a tune up
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Old December 21st, 2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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Ours was doing that, but it was because of too small of tank... but you already tried that... Is the mixer dirty (where the propane comes out)
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Old December 21st, 2008, 01:16 PM   #4
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i have a new one that has like 6 hours on it that smells bad
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Old December 21st, 2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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any info on it ?? manufacture ?? model # ? id give them a call
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Old December 21st, 2008, 03:44 PM   #6
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Do those things have different fuels to use? Kerosene is nice to have since it really doesn't give off a bad odor.

Nevermind, you said propane torpedo, which makes me assume it's propane only. Yeah I'd find out if there are any mods that can be done to make it burn more efficiently.
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There isn't really much to them. The only things I can think of are the regulator the nozzle or too small of a tank which shouldn't be the case if you are running a 100lb tank unless it is too full. Tanks should only be filled to 80 % to allow for expansion and vaporisation. Check to see if the nozzle is clear. Also make sure there is enough oxygen in the area you are running it. If the nozzle is ok you might have a bad or out of adjustment regulator. I know with mine it heats the shop up so fast that it takes all the oxygen out of the air. Have to shut it down or make sure I have a window open or a door cracked near where the heater is running. It does put off a smell when the carbon monoxide is taking over. Good sign to open a door and get some fresh air in there. I have a 150,000 BTU unit and usually use it to get the shop warmed up quickly then switch over to my 3 burner Mr Heater. Keeps my shop warm enough for me.
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i have a old 1980s karosene torpedo heater and hated the smell. so i got the propane one and its way worse. which with the ones ive used in the past were not.

ready heater pro100 variable from 65,000 btu to 100,000 btu.


my plan was to run the torpedo to take the edge off on short stints in the shop. but on long days or nights id use the torpedo for the first 30 minutes and by then the wood burner would be up to temp and take over.
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my plan was to run the torpedo to take the edge off on short stints in the shop. but on long days or nights id use the torpedo for the first 30 minutes and by then the wood burner would be up to temp and take over.
That's what I have been doing for years. My kerosene heater was giving off a bad smell last winter. Took it apart and cleaned everything off (years of dust and dirt) replaced the spark plug and it runs like new again.
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i think it might still be the tank. i found the service manual online and it called for 2 100lb tanks. so if the one i was using was almost empty it might of still caused that. so anyone have some cheap 100lb cylinders???
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i think it might still be the tank. i found the service manual online and it called for 2 100lb tanks. so if the one i was using was almost empty it might of still caused that. so anyone have some cheap 100lb cylinders???
My 150,000 BTU runs fine on 1 100lb tank. Don't know why you would need 2 with yours.
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i have a similar issue too. i ihave a 85,000 btu propane heater that used to work great on a 20lb tank, now it smells and doesn't produce a lot of heat like it used to.

in the past i noticed i would get a bad smell depending on where i got the propane tank filled, not sure why it would matter, but when I went to uhaul to fill it, i could barely breath when it was running.
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where can you get replacement regulators for heaters? From the manufacturer or is there a store that would have them?
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where can you get replacement regulators for heaters? From the manufacturer or is there a store that would have them?
Nick "Sprocket", at the parts store can probably get them.

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