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    G'day All

    Long time reader but i must confess not huge on posting!

    I have what appears on the surface to be a simple problem.

    I have a Jetfire heater for my shed which works wonderfully. Unfortunately the regulator has packed it in and is leaking gas so a replacement regulator is on the cards. The specs on the regulator are 1.5bar and 8kg/hr. For the life of me i can not find a replacement regulator at a reasonable cost. The original model number is Novacomet APR/85. I can only find it via google in the UK and it is not available anymore but it was only like 20 pound. I can find some in australia but they are closer to $150 which is crazy. I realise that the regulated pressure is lower than most BBQ regulators with a higher flow rate but would a slightly higher regulated pressure compensate for the lower flow rate on the typical BBQ regulator (2.5kg/h to 3.5kg/h)

    Outside of this does anybody have a good supplier that would have something on the shelf at a reasonable cost. I am going to contact Spitwater on Monday but i am not holding my breath as it appears that they have moved away from LPG space heaters and are concentrating on diesel.

    Thanks for any halp.

    Cheers

    Yozza

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    8kg per hour is a bottle of gas per hour, which sounds totally implausible for that heater to me! In Adelaide the business that solves these sorts of problems inexpensively in a flash (no pun intended) is Maxbilt Trading Company, ph 08 8363 1955. I'm sure they can sort you out over the phone with a reasonably priced quality product and post it to you. Disclaimer: I am a many time happy customer of Maxbilt.
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    BTW it is common for the rubber seal on the bottle coupling to fail and need replacement. Most BBQ / camping stores will have these as a spare part for a couple of dollars.
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    Thanks for the reply's so far. I will give Maxbilt a try tomorrow if i have no luck with spitwater. *kg/hr is what the regulator is rated at. The heater unit itself uses a maximum of 2.1kg/hr on high setting. If i got a 3.5kg/hr regulator rated at 250kpa (standard BBQ reg) would it be sufficient? My concern is the higher pressure compared to the original.

    Cheers

    Yozza

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