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   Old Thread  #1248 30 Dec 2012 at 8.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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thanks great read that my stove now works again
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   Old Thread  #1247 12 Nov 2012 at 10.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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very good thread thanks
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   Old Thread  #1246 13 Oct 2012 at 2.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Inside the pump there is a small rubber seal, check that this has not split or perished, also if it has dried lube it up with something oil based. They used to have leather washers in which were much better as the rubber is very thin and breaks easily. Mine kept getting caught and not sitting flush until I had a mess about with it and got it working. I ended up using a bit of butter to lubricate it and it was fine from then on.
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   Old Thread  #1245 11 Oct 2012 at 4.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same as cheers Phil, think it,s to do with the one way valve at the bottom of plunger, becoming two way possibly, have another attack tomo.
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   Old Thread  #1244 11 Oct 2012 at 4.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes, and I have to often re-pump fairly quickly to stop it dying, and then maybe 50 times to get optimum burn.
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   Old Thread  #1243 11 Oct 2012 at 3.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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When you re-pump after just igniting, does your flame die down when you withdraw the plunger??
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   Old Thread  #1242 11 Oct 2012 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have no clue about the valve, however...

It could be the generator. I cleaned the generator on mine and got it working only to have it die on me again the next time I was on the bank.

I then bought a new washer set with leather pump cup thinking that I had fixed the generator and perhaps the problem was somewhere else. This made no difference.

Try cleaning the generator, there are a few methods listed here. If yours is like mine though, a replacement generator could be the answer.

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   Old Thread  #1241 11 Oct 2012 at 3.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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When i release the plunger to apply more pressure, pump again, the flame dies down, does this suggest that the one way valve is failing. Doesn't seem to get the same resistance as when it was new,
got a new leather washer clean primus fuel, and an annoying yellow flame at rear, bought a new valve but cant remove existing, a big flat headed screw type.
Or do you think just a dirty genny?
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   Old Thread  #1240 6 Oct 2012 at 1.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Each cooker is so unique, each with their own idiosyncracies.

If you buy one with the above statement in mind then you won't be so surprised when yours works and your mates doesn't!
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   Old Thread  #1239 5 Oct 2012 at 4.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I`m not sure if it is of any help at all but I have come to the conclusion on my stove that the wafers need stacking neatly for a clean, correctly directed burn. When I haven`t taken care in the past, the pan below the wafers has become glowing hot.

Like I say, it may be of no help whatsoever. Each cooker is so unique, each with their own idiosyncracies.
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   Old Thread  #1238 5 Oct 2012 at 2.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pan sizes vary and the kettle is a small one cup jobby and the problem persists.

I'll strip it down again and check out the genny, I have a spare if needed.

Because it fires up and burns well I've never re-stripped it. The bowl has always glowed red as they do but the heat transfer downwards is an unusual development

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   Old Thread  #1237 4 Oct 2012 at 9.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Could be a blockage in the genny, maybe some dissloged deposits that where left in after you cleaned it. Pump it up again and open and close the valve very quickly, do this a few times and jsut maybe it will clean itself, failing that, strip it and start again.
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   Old Thread  #1236 4 Oct 2012 at 9.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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thats not right...maybe a silly question , but are you using a kettle/pan with a bigger base? Ie reflecting more heat back?
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   Old Thread  #1235 3 Oct 2012 at 5.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just getting my stove out for the winter.

I've had it about 15 years or more ( was the DualFuel now called the Sportster 533) and apart from the first year when I ran it on Petrol, I've run it ever since of Coleman fuel and for the last 9 years or so on Aspen 4T so it's nice and clean.

During it's lifetime I've replaced the generator (after the initial petrol phase)and also replaced the origial pump washer with a leather upgrade mode, which is regularly oiled.

So, it runs perfectly, lovely blue flame. The problem that I have is the bottom part of the stove which houses the fuel tank is getting extremely hot. Now I understand the principle behind the generator heating up the pressurised fuel as it passes over the burner and that's fine as it has an outlet ie it burns in the bowl.

However the bottom beneath the burner is a different matter. It never used to get this hot. There is no fuel leaking from beneath the burner, in fact everything is as should be just the actual bottom part of the stove, the main body beneath the burner box assembly is far far hotter than is safe. The piece of heat retardant material is still in place between the burner box assembly and the main body/fuel tank.

When I go to turn it off like most other people I place my left hand on the shoulder of the bottom of the stove to steady it and turn off the red lever with my right hand, only now I need to wear a glove or wrap a thick rag on my left hand to steady the stove. As I said, far , far too hot for safety.

Anyone had this problem and know a fix?
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   Old Thread  #1234 30 Aug 2012 at 7.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I recently tried to get my old Coleman working again and after removing the needle and wire and cleaning the generator I got it going. Although I must add I didn`t try the boiling water/fairy liquid suggestion, rather WD40 and pressurised air.

Sputtery flame at first but then it started burning a treat. I let it burn off a full tank which also got rid of the heavy carbon deposits. I was well chuffed!

Went fishing, first morning tried to brew up but couldn`t get the thing going again. When pumping, fuel came out of the pump hole. Couldn`t get any pressure, or at least no hissing sound came out when turning the burner valve lever.

Where would be the first place to look? New pump washer? If so, how do I take it apart to get to it?
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