Troubleshooting for a Propane Stove Troubleshooting for a Propane Stove

A propane stove can be a useful appliance to have in several different circumstances, whether on a camping trip or a picnic. However, the benefits of the stove will be negated if it fails to work properly. Being aware of the types of defects that can stop the stove from working as it should will help you to figure out what is needed to repair it.

Obstructions

A propane stove can develop obstructions in a number of different locations through the normal use of it. Clogs in the system can be the cause of low flames or the stove failing to work at all. Where this is the case, inspect the stove carefully to locate the source of the problem. Where the jets have become blocked, carefully disassemble them in accordance with the instructions to clean them. In the event that the flame rises larger than normal, the problem will lie with the igniter. Remove it in accordance with the instructions in the manual and clean it thoroughly before reattaching it.  

Leaks  

If you find that the fuel level of your propane stove reduces at a faster rate than the appliance is being used, you will need to check for a leak. This can also be the cause if the flame is not as strong as it has been previously. Examine the point where the propane tank joins the stove for signs of a leak, in addition to the pipes and connecting components. Minor defects, holes and splits can actually be the cause of major leaks.    

Air Intake

When using a propane stove, it is recommended that a blue flame is used to avoid soot deposits on utensils. In the event that you continually get an orange flame, the cause is the amount of oxygen available to the appliance. You will need to locate the air intake valve on the appliance, which you can use the manual to help you with if it isn’t obvious. Adjust it to control the amount of air that the stove can take in until you get a blue flame.

Connections

Check all the fasteners within the stove to ensure that all the connections have been made correctly. Tighten any that have come loose and replace any that have developed a defect. Washers and seals should be included in the inspection process and should be replaced if they are showing any signs of wear. Make sure that any replacements are of the correct type and size.

Fuel Level   

In the event that the fuel level of the propane stove is insufficient, it is unlikely to work properly. Check the amount of propane in the tank and replace it if it has run out. If the level is merely low and it is not possible to attach a replacement, you will find that the existing tank will work better if it is warm. By removing the tank and placing it in a car with the heater on, you will find that the propane within is encouraged out as if the tank is full.

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