I'm installing propane in my shed. Eventually I will have two
appliances, a heater and a two burner stove. Currently I'm working
on the heater. I installed the 1/2" copper supply line, fittings,
shutoff valves, and finally the heater. The heater didn't work. I
can't smell any propane at the heater. I moved the heater to the
outside 30# propane tank. I connected a two stage regulator to the
tank to a 1/2" steel corrugated line to a brass tee to shutoff valve
to a 3/8" steel supply line to the heater.
I hear pressurization when I turn on the tank's valve. I hear
pressurization when I turn on the shutoff valve. I don't smell any
propane at the heater. I smell propane coming from the tank. I smell
propane coming from the shutoff valve.
I tried the heater each time in a vertical position as if the heater
I followed the heater's instructions to depress the setting knob
in the pilot light/ignition position for 30 seconds. I tried moving
the knob to the high setting and did not smell propane.
I removed the tee and one of the shutoff valves from the test
configuration, using only a single shutoff valve. I smell propane
when the 3/8" line is not connected to the heater. I smell no propane
from the heater when the 3/8" line is connected to the heater.
The tank and supply lines seem to be fine. The heater doesn't seem
to be working. The first heater I bought is a Pro-Com MD100HBA.
When it didn't work I returned it and bought a similar looking
heater with a name badge of Williams. Both heaters are rated at
What's going on and how do I fix this?