Camping last week was first time used furnace. Tried it out week before and worked fine. Got to campsite and was around 34 outside. Thermometer on furance was as low as would go (50). Anyway thermostat is a cheaper one, no seperate on/off or fan on/auto just the thermometer and the slide to adjust the temperature.
Turned thermostat up to about 65 and nothing. Checked breaker, fuse, knew gas was on, everything seemed fine. Finally, as a complete "I wonder" I took the cover off, held it over up over the stove until the thermometer read about 60. Put it back on, turned the thermostat all the way down and then back up and it worked.
Also, one night it quit working because of the battery being discharged too low and the temperature dropped down to about 50. Had to do the same thing again to get the furnace to come on.
My conclusion is, probably due to some relay or safety feature (which is a good thing) the furnace is trying to kick on when the thermometer is that low and it can't because of no gas, power and it basically won't come on until the thermostat can go below the thermometer reading and then be moved up above it.
Or that seems to be the case anyway or do I just have a screwy thermostat? Or user?