How to Light a Propane Tank Top Heater


Propane tank top heaters attach to the top of propane tanks, and depending on the model generally provide 8,0000 to 30,000 BTUs (British thermal units) of heat. Because of their portability, they are commonly used on camping trips or in construction areas, and due to the low cost of propane, they use only a few pennies' worth of fuel per hour to heat a small area. Lighting the heater is a simple process that requires regular matches or a butane lighter.

Things You'll Need

  • Match/butane fire lighter
  • Open the propane tank's cylinder valve by turning it counterclockwise. Turn the tank top's heat regulator knob counterclockwise to the "high" position.

  • Stand to one side of the burner. Locate the ignition hole in the front of the tank top heater, and insert a lit match or the end of a lit butane lighter through the ignition hole.

  • Push in the safety valve plunger and wait for the burner to ignite. Remove the match/butane lighter, but keep the safety valve plunger pushed in for at least 10 seconds, or until the heater stays lit.

  • Turn the heater regulator knob to the desired heat setting.

Tips & Warnings

  • For dual models, repeat steps to light the second burner.
  • If the burner fails to light after pushing in the safety valve plunger, turn off the regulator valve, wait five minutes and try again. If the burner does not ignite after repeated tries, have it checked by a repairman of at the store where it was purchased.

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