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Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« on: Mar 12, 2012, 09:38 AM »


This season I wanted to try the Mr Heater heater/cooker and I wanted the model MH15CS. That is the newest model with the push button igniter as I didn't want to mess around with matches or a lighter out on the ice. I tried everywhere but I could only find it on e-bay and the seller wanted $80 plus $13 shipping. By the way the model MH15 in either C or CS isn't even listed on Mr Heater's web site.
I was able to find  the MH15C which doesn't have the igniter for $39.95 delivered. What I did find was there is a pre made spot for the electrode alongside the propane tip.
I called Mr Heater to order the electrode as it was an odd shape .. square. After being told I couldn't do it and it won't work I ordered the electrode .. $13.00 delivered.
I proceeded to make a simple clamp style bracket for the push button piezo .. which I had. I purchased high heat spray paint and painted the bracket/holder.
When the electrode arrived the wire length was very long .. probably 8 or 9 inches. I cut the wire to length and carefully exposed the wire which is encased in a plastic sleeve. I soldered on a new end and shrink tubed everything. I installed the electrode and piezo bracket and found the screw hole that secures the small strap, which holds electrode and fuel tip, was stripped. I installed a smaller diameter screw and nut to secure everything. Final results ... it starts every time.
I had stuff laying around so total cost was the electrode and paint ... under $20 .

I hope this helps some other members.  ;)




Shows push button piezo in bracket.



The electrode and wire lead.



The electrode installed next to the fuel tip.



A better picture of bracket.



Bracket at another angle.



Shortened electrode lead.








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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #1 on: Mar 15, 2012, 06:01 PM »
Cool mod, good job LW!
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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #2 on: Mar 15, 2012, 06:25 PM »
I think I am gonna give this idea a try... I just removed about an inch of my beard lighting a tank top model heater I bought last week with a bic lighter. :o

I had to give it a quick trim to be presentable, many may say it's an improvement! ;D

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #3 on: Mar 15, 2012, 06:33 PM »
LOL
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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #4 on: Mar 15, 2012, 06:39 PM »
I think I am gonna give this idea a try... I just removed about an inch of my beard lighting a tank top model heater I bought last week with a bic lighter. :o

Ouch !

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Cool mod, good job LW!

Thanks B-T .


If anyone needs any further pictures or have questions let me know.

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #5 on: Jul 19, 2012, 04:23 AM »
Very nice.  Having to fumble with a lighter or matches has always bothered me when trying to light these things
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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #6 on: Jul 19, 2012, 06:33 AM »
Great job on the lighter mod LW, neat and clean ! Having to mess around with a lighter or a match to light mine resulting in toasted digits most of the time ! I see home depot has the igniter kits for grills for $10 bucks, Hmm maybe its time to unretire mine ?

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #7 on: Jul 19, 2012, 11:25 AM »
I was thinking of the same thing.  I used to have an igniter laying around. Then I realized I made a potato gun a few years ago, and used it for that. It's off to home depot for a new one.
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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #8 on: Jul 19, 2012, 11:44 AM »
Great Mod there Lone Wolf.
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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #9 on: Jul 25, 2012, 11:54 AM »


Thanks guys. I just ordered it direct as it made for a very easy install being a square shape. Also the length would be somewhat critical.


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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #10 on: Nov 01, 2012, 12:32 PM »
Good stuff!

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 06, 2013, 12:12 PM »
I mainly use the Mr Heater heater/cooker when I want to actually cook with a frying pan or pot.

When I don't plan on cooking I usually just take my old reliable .. Focus 5.
Many years ago I modded up a "holder" I can place a sandwich or precooked hot dog/bun (wrapped in aluminum foil) on to heat up while I'm jigging.
What's nice about it is it just slides on .. no tools. It might give you guys some ideas .. here's some pics :





With holder attached.


Holder removed.



Holder stored on side.







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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #12 on: Jan 06, 2014, 06:20 PM »
Nice. Gives me ideas.

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 06, 2014, 11:14 PM »
Anyone done any?

I found it to be the best heater for my use, but sucks having water on the ice.

I was thinking about making a type of rug out of something like tin foil. Tin foil would reflect the heat, and if i just did something on the bottom it would keep the ice from melting and causing puddles.

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 06, 2014, 11:17 PM »


The difference between an 8" hole and a 10" hole is.....a 10" hole will usually give you your boot back!

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 06, 2014, 11:46 PM »
Neat add on, but not what i was looking for.

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #16 on: Oct 07, 2014, 12:13 AM »
Do not try to reinvent the Wheel   

Take a milk crate turn it side ways open end facing you

stand heater on top of milk crate  and place flasher inside on the bottom of the Crate 


Now both units are out of the ice   ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #17 on: Oct 07, 2014, 04:43 AM »
This is what I have done, works well...


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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 07, 2014, 05:43 AM »
I was looking for the same thing a few weeks ago and there is a bunch of info. I like the Aluminum paint screen idea and doing that. I put my heater and Showdown on 2 pieces of that rubber interlocking pad you can buy in any kids toy dept. I even have it under my feet, Ive noticed it helps keep the chill off my feet and I stay dry.
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Re: Mr Heater cooker modifications?
« Reply #19 on: Oct 07, 2014, 07:21 AM »
Do not try to reinvent the Wheel   

Take a milk crate turn it side ways open end facing you

stand heater on top of milk crate  and place flasher inside on the bottom of the Crate 


Now both units are out of the ice   ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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