propane stove - almost boils water

Old 02-02-08, 06:05 PM
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Question propane stove - almost boils water

I'm not sure if this is something that can be fixed or if I have to replace the stove.

I have a small 3 burner stove/oven that looks like it came out of a trailer or RV. It will bring water to a very low boil ... when frying the oil ALMOST gets hot enough to fry properly.

The oven seems to run about 100 F lower than indicated on the dial.

When in use the burners make a low "whomping" sound every few seconds... but the burners all seem clean and unobstructed.

Is there any way to get more heat out of this thing? Can I adjust the propane rate of flow in some way ?

I am in B.C. and it's fairly cold here ... it's been in the low 30's since we moved into this house ... is it possible that the propane is flowing more slowly in this cold ??

any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Old 02-03-08, 07:55 AM
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Hello Chris. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Cold weather can effect the flow rate of propane. As noted in a few replies to recent questions. Best bet may be to contact the propane gas supplier. To be sure the cause is not with their equipment or within the supply line(s).

If the burners are small, they will not heat large volumes in large pots or pans properly. Try using smaller pots, pans, etc. Neither should exceed two inches larger in diameter then the grates they are on.

The sound you're hearing may indicate a flow restriction. Where it may be can be or should be able to be located by the propane supplier, if a restriction does exist.

Check back on your question several additional times.One of the forum topics propane professionals likely to have more detailed and specific advice. Use the reply button to reply.

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