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Old 06-04-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Low Flame on Stove

We took our maiden voyage Memorial Day weekend and had a great time. Our maiden voyage - not the TT, she is an '83. We did have to alter our menu as our stove flame was too low to cook with.

We just had our TT inspected and while it was at the station, they tested the propane lines and filled the tank. I was told the stove lit and they check for leaks in the line and found none, however, they never made mention of the low flame size.

I'd rather not take it in for work if possible. Can anyone suggest why the flam might be so low and what I could do to fix it.

When you light the stove, it lights with the flame low. It looks like the setting is in the lowest position. If you take the knob of the ignite setting, it just goes out since it is already so low, it really cannot get any lower.

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The appliances in an RV all have there own regulator beyond the main one at the gas bottles it is possible that it is not allowing enough pressure to the burners. Furnace and water heater work fine?
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I haven't gotten that far. We are going over one thing at a time. The RV is very old, but in very good condition. It is new to us and so we are finding out as we go.

It did take several minutes for the propane to even reach the stove before it would lite. I forgot to mention that originally. Does that info help any?

I found on ehow how to adjust the amount of propane making it to the burner by removing the stove top and adjusting a little cover, but mine doesn't have anything like that. I took it off and looked very closely. I couldn't find anything that looked like it adjusted.
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Hmm, can't help you with the stove, but I see now that you have an '83. You wouldn't have the bathroom light switch like the other thread, I don't think. You should have a switch or two by your entry door. One will work the lighted grab handle on the outside next to the door (and a porch light if you have one), and the other should operate the water pump for the fresh water tank. You shouldn't run the water pump unless it has water to pump, to avoid damage.
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I would not try to adjust the regulator. If you lift the range top and follow the copper line you'll come to the regulator. I don't know if a RV repair shop would have the gauges to adjust the regulator might be worth a shot I would check on a price I don't think they are very expensive.
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It did take several minutes for the propane to even reach the stove before it would lite. I forgot to mention that originally. Does that info help any?

I found on ehow how to adjust the amount of propane making it to the burner by removing the stove top and adjusting a little cover, but mine doesn't have anything like that. I took it off and looked very closely. I couldn't find anything that looked like it adjusted.
H'mm do you have a new style acme nut, (right hand thread) on your LP pig tail at the tank?

Looks like this? The green nut at the tank, however your might be black


If so you may have slugged the excess flow check when you turned on the LP gas and it shut down on saftey. If you open the hand valve too fast, that instant rush of gas shuts down the gas flow as a saftey and restricts it to almost nothing.

Try this, turn off the tank, undo the green or black tank nut pending what you have, wait a few seconds then put it back on. This will for sure reset the excess flow check.

Then very slowly open the gas valve at the tank. Once you crack it open, wait for it to slowly fill the gas lines, then open it wide open until it stops.

Now go try the stove again.

Technically you do not have to undo the tank pig tail nut, in enough time the pressure will equalize with the tank shut off, but taking the nut off means you know for sure the saftey is reset.

The stove regulator is normally not settable. It is preset to drop 11" WC to 10"WC and that is it. They either work right or pitch em.

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Another question have you tried more then one burner? Thinking one might have some thing in it.
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Thanks for all the replies. Its been several days since I was here.

I surely don't have a new one, but I'll try what you say. It's been many days since I had the propane turned to the on position, so hopefully if this is the issue, it has been reset.

I have looked inside the TT under the cabinets and followed the gas line as best I can and cannot see anything that would invite me to make any adjustments.

If the turning it on slowly doesn't do the trick - i think I will try a new regulator altogether. The one that attached to the tank itself is pretty old looking and even looks a bit corroded. That there could be my problem although since I just had it filled and tested by the inspection station, ya think they'd a said something.

Mainah, I tried all 3 burners and they were all too low to cook with. Thx.

I will also try the water heater and see if that lights, haven't tried that yet.

I'll keep ya'll posted - thanks again.
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Oh oh......I take it you are not supposed to put both propane tanks on full bore? Are we supposed to use only 1 propane tank at a time? We don't know how to operate our propane tanks either and it took FOREVER the first time we lit our stove. However, I read in the instructions that sometimes air gets in the lines and it can take a long time to light. What's up with camper instructions? I cannot make heads or tails of the instructions. It should be simple....step 1 ...open front door....step 2 etc. etc.
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Oh oh......I take it you are not supposed to put both propane tanks on full bore? Are we supposed to use only 1 propane tank at a time? ...
You can turn both tanks on. The key is to not open the tank shutoff too quickly, turn it slowly to let the pressure build.
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If the water heater and the heater work fine I'm still thinking the stove propane regulator.
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turned out it was a bad regulator. It is replaced and now all is working, well, the stove & hot water heater. The furnace still didn't come on, but that is another story...

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Thank you for the information.
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