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Old 08-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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flame in 2-burner stovetop

I bought our Boler in the spring and just now am tackling the LP system. The regulator was trash, so I blew out the lines (from the stove out - got all kinds of powder, gunk, and water) and put a new regulator on. Then, I lit the stove. Here is a pic of the flames, everything fully opened. I would have guessed that it would kick out a bigger flame... does this seem normal? Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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Looks normal to me!
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:41 AM   #3
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Those flames look a little bit small to me, so I just lit my stove to compare. I think the flames look larger on mine. If you look down from above, they "stick out" about 1-1/4" on the left burner, and 1" on the right burner (I don't necessarily think they are supposed to be different though).

I'll take a couple of photos and add them shortly.

Edited to add: Hmm, well maybe flames are like waves and snowdrifts, and photographs shrink them Because when I look at these photos.... maybe they are the same as yours? (Now I can't see your photo because I am in the editing screen.) No, looking back at yours, I still think they look a bit "wimpy." Anyway, here are some 1974 Boler flames for comparison:

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Oh and I meant to say: Blue counters?! Cool!

Oh, and .... clean! Does the stove cover just pop off? Or? Is yours a Coleman?

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Raya's are bigger but not enough to worry about. Look pretty much the same on our mid/late 70s stove.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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Although, I have to say that cooking time on the right-hand burner of my stove (on which the flame is slightly - but not that much - smaller than on the left-hand one) is noticeably longer. Say for making toast or boiling water for coffee. I know it's not the end of the world, but I definitely wouldn't want both my burners like that if I could help it (I have not investigated why the one is smaller, and I don't think it used to be that way but I'm not sure).
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:16 PM   #6
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thanks for the thoughts. I'm going to attach a pic I just took from the top, so I can compare it to Raya's top-view. I know how long it takes to boil water with my home stovetop on low, and this is about the 'strength' of the current flame on the stove.

Anybody know how to check the burners themselves?

ALSO Raya, it IS a coleman. And the top easily pops off, and the counter is blue
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Good idea on the same angle. That makes it much more clear. Hope you didn't melt your camera (of course with that tiny flame, no worries ). I was taking the photo *really* fast over that flame!

This is a bit subjective, but on my left-hand burner (the one you see from above) I really don't notice that it is not a home stove. I have to keep a sharp eye on my toast! But on the right one (which is not that small, and is maybe still larger than the ones on your stove), it takes MUCH longer. So I think it's well worth improving yours (and maybe I will learn something to check for on my right burner).

Coleman stove - okay, yep, that's what mine is. Thanks for the tip on removal of the top; I had to crop my photo so you could not see how many crumbs were down in the knob area

Oh, and speaking of the knobs, that is one thing I love about this stove model. It's the way the burner knobs are recessed below the top of the stove, so you can use that area for a bit of counter space or set a pot there or etc. I've noticed that a lot of other (newer?) stoves do not have that, and so you "lose" the knob area for other purposes.

Blue cabinetry - neato. Have you posted any photos of that, or... would you?

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I think that RV stoves in general are pretty weak compared to household gas stoves. It takes me a long time to cook anything or boil water in my trailer, the Atwood I have is rated 6500 BTU for front burner, 5500 for the rear two. I'm guessing my household stove puts out at least 3x that BTU. I looked around for a higher output replacement stove but the 6500/5500 rating seems pretty standard for camper stoves.
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Sometimes on older campers, the gas regulator on the outside of the camper gets mucked up or clogged with some corrosion caused by electrolosis from being attached to a steel tank with brass fittings and galvanized parts as well as it being aluminum. If you run one burner at a time, it should be a bigger flame. The gas regulator is easy to replace and not very expensive either.
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Our two flames are also small, but we rarely cook inside. We use our Coleman grill outside for 99% of our cooking. Cooking inside adds so much moisture to the trailer!
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sure, I'll clean up my mess and take some pics of the blue cabs!

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Good idea on the same angle. That makes it much more clear. Hope you didn't melt your camera (of course with that tiny flame, no worries ). I was taking the photo *really* fast over that flame!

This is a bit subjective, but on my left-hand burner (the one you see from above) I really don't notice that it is not a home stove. I have to keep a sharp eye on my toast! But on the right one (which is not that small, and is maybe still larger than the ones on your stove), it takes MUCH longer. So I think it's well worth improving yours (and maybe I will learn something to check for on my right burner).

Coleman stove - okay, yep, that's what mine is. Thanks for the tip on removal of the top; I had to crop my photo so you could not see how many crumbs were down in the knob area

Oh, and speaking of the knobs, that is one thing I love about this stove model. It's the way the burner knobs are recessed below the top of the stove, so you can use that area for a bit of counter space or set a pot there or etc. I've noticed that a lot of other (newer?) stoves do not have that, and so you "lose" the knob area for other purposes.

Blue cabinetry - neato. Have you posted any photos of that, or... would you?

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I was thinking the same thing Mark, but this is after the regulator was replaced. Interestingly, the flame doesn't change a bit regardless of 1 or both are lit - which was another reason I was thinking something may not be exactly right...



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Sometimes on older campers, the gas regulator on the outside of the camper gets mucked up or clogged with some corrosion caused by electrolosis from being attached to a steel tank with brass fittings and galvanized parts as well as it being aluminum. If you run one burner at a time, it should be a bigger flame. The gas regulator is easy to replace and not very expensive either.
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