gassy smell from oven

Old 09-17-05, 08:02 PM
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gassy smell from oven

Hi there, the last couple of times I have used the oven (propane) there has been an initial gas smell which lasts about 10 mins(roughly) when heating, tonight though I noticed a light smoke coming from the vents on the top of the stove, I opened the drawer at the bottom and everything looked fine... pilot was lit and a nice blue flame on the burner, oven heated fine, again after about 10 mins no smoke and no smell we recently had our tanks filled could this be just some gas burnoff??

Also oven is in need of a major cleaning not sure what is safe to use.. hehe yes first time home owner

P.S no smell from upper burners
Old 09-18-05, 05:59 AM
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Hello Jackal62 and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances topic.

Initial gas odor most likely caused by a burner that is not fully lighting around the entire burner. Often caused by a burner that is dirty, causing slightly resticted burner ports. A cleaning is than required.

Look at the burner during the initial startup, through the glass, if possible. Notice if the burner lights completely around the entire surface area. Any area that is not lit or the flames are not the full size, as compared to the others, has restricted ports. Any which are not lit are totally blocked.

Depending upon what the interior oven surface is made of or coated with, depends upon how to clean it. A porcelain surface can be cleaned with oven cleaner and/or a light abrasive cleaning detergent. Never use any type of steel wool, sanding paper or heavy duty scouring material which will scratch the surface.

Best and safest method is to extinguish all pilots. Turning off the gas is not necessary. It's optional. Pilot gas emitting only from pilots being out is not dangerous nor harmful.

DO NOT spray directly onto the pilot assembly. Cover it with a dampened cloth or moistened paper towel.

DO NOT spray the oven temperature sensor suspended inside the ovens baking compartment. Cover it with a dampened cloth or moistened paper towel.

Oven cleaner is caustic. Spraying the temperature sensing element, inside the ovens baking compartment, will pitt the metal and the element will lose it's ability to sense temperature correctly.

DO NOT spray or allow spray cleaner to come into contact with any type of hot surface glow ignitor part. Doing so will quickly burn the part out and the oven burner will fail to operate.

Cover and or remove the interior light bulb. If you remove the bulb, fill the socket with a piece of dry paper towel.

Wear gloves and eye protection. Have plenty of ventilation, read the products label and follow the instruction and directions as indicated. Safety is no accident.

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