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Old 05-19-2014, 11:10 PM   #1
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first trip, stove troubles

We went on our first camping trip last week-end in our 79 Trillium. Despite 30 mph winds the first day, we had a blast. Everything worked in the trailer, except the stove. When we turned on a burner, the paint melted. Also, the flame was never blue, it was mostly yellow. Upon further inspection, I found that the metal tubes leading to the burners were secured with hose clamps. I would like to replace the stove, but have been unable to locate one that would fit in the cut out. I would rebuild it if I had more info. I have attached pictures.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:32 PM   #2
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"The paint melted"! Sounds like the P.O. hit it with a can of rustoleum before selling...

Looks like an original stove- they were all plated steel, and every one I've ever seen shows surface rust after all these many long years. Not much to be done- and believe you me, I've tried. Heat-"proof" paint will last for a while, but not forever. You'll have to remove the regular paint that's already on it for that to do any good, though. I did recently replace my stove, strictly for cosmetic reasons. The new one came out of a popup and is within an inch of exactly the right size...so they are out there!

Per the yellow flame:

That's an indication of too little air. I'm having a little trouble seeing detail in your pics, but there should be an air-adjustment slider or screw of some kind near where the burner tubes connect to the gas supply. It looks to me like there's a sort of random mix of adjustments there-?

Another possibility, especially if the trailer's been unused for some time, is spiderwebs/bugs in the burner tubes, which will block air. Removal and blowing out is customary.

All of this presumes that your trailer regulator is working properly...if you used the fridge and its flame was the normal blue with just a bit of yellow at the tip I think you can rule out regulator malfunction.
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Thanks Francesca, the fridge & furnace flames are both flawless. We needed the furnace at Bodega Bay in N Ca. where we camped. Is the stove you replaced yours with available new ? I did not blow out the tubes but I will. The Pictures are not as good posted as they are on my phone.
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I bought my replacement stovetop second hand for $35.00. Good ol' Craigslist! At the time there was another used one for sale back east that would have cost around a hundred bucks with shipping.

I'd been looking sort of casually for awhile because as I said before mine worked just fine but the top looked like h-e-double-pitchforks. That's the only reason I finally replaced the whole thing.
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