Originally Posted by Cvin
The guy at the hardware store sold me this little kit with lots of flimsy little wires for orifice cleaning, maybe those are for home hot water heaters?
90% sure the orifice was fine and the only problem was the big spiderweb in the burner tube
Couple of comments to the above -
He probably sold you a set of welding torch tip cleaners. If the are all contained in a case like a set of Allen wrenches can be, then those wires are really files.
There are critters that will build a nest in orifices. Happens to patio heaters all the time (and is 99% of the reason people have problems with patio heaters). They do require cleaning out, and doing so can be both tedious and frustrating. Blowing out, starting from “outside in” (so to speak) is the better approach.
If your going to poke through it, use a plastic wire such as found that hold clothing tags on new clothes.