1970's Kenmore 36in Propane Stove smells of gas

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1970's Kenmore 36in Propane Stove smells of gas

I have just moved into a home with an older model Kenmore gas oven. I have never owned a stove fired with propane before so I am unsure what is "normal". When the stove is lit both cooktop and oven I can smell the propane, it is even worse when it is set to preheat or broil. Is it normal to smell propane? Also I would like to clean the side and behind the stove but I am scared to pull the stove away from the wall in fear of breaking a gas line. Is there anyone out there experienced with propane fired stoves?
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Hello julespa and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and the Gas Appliances topic.

When the oven burner is on, no smell of propane should be noticed by a smell of any kind. Any such odor could be caused by any number of possible causes.

Some but certainly not all possible causes for the odor.
Excessively large flames. (Over-gassed)
Lack of air flow in burner compartment.
Or lack of air flow inside the ovens baking compartment.
A tiny leak at a connection in or at a tube which supplies gas only when the oven is on.
Leaky gas valve on a side only when gas is flowing through it.

Very difficult if not totally impossible to diagnose where a leak is here in a text only format. Suggestion. Contact the gas supplier or any local qualified service tech for service such as leaks. About the only positive method to resolve the cause of the leak or smell and to insure safety and peace of mind.

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