Found the problem. I had a bad regulator on the propane tank. I got 10 IWC intially but it increased after I took off the manometer. The ignitor was coming on but I guess if there is too much gas pressure the pilot wont open. Once I was able to get a steady 10 IWC it open and the pilot lite every time
Yeah, I've seen a lot of tank or service reg problems. Bad seating, ice, etc... You'd only see this if you took the pressure on the valve inlet and watched it for a while. If it were tank reg (holding the service reg closed) you may be inclined to condemn the service reg wrongfully.
Drove 200 miles one wintery morning as an equipment manufacturer's rep to find the installers had installed an ancient reg halfway across the roof out in the open. It was also tilted with the diaphram bleed port (1/4" hole!) at a 45 degree angle up! Took the reg apart, cleared out all the ice, straightened it up, put a loose tin can over it and refired the unit. Told the customer to get his regular guy to put the right reg on That was 10 years ago... I wonder if the tin can has held up this long?
Is this a Fabreze moment? C.Y.D. I'm voting white elephant. 2¢. My competition are my best salespeople!