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Old 04-20-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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My hot water heater works great off of propane and finally
got the electric option to work.
Problem with propane...it got real hot but it was windy today
and was out when I checked it. Was very hot in 30 mins.
The lid has a vent,I wander if it would help to fasten a deflector
on the inside...to divert the air from the gas line.
Any one have an Idea?
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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That's a common complaint, that the pilot can sometimes blow out on windy days.

Just for a matter of safety I wouldn't attach anything in the path of airflow to the gas jet area as it may have unintended consequences.

If a fix for the problem was something as easy as adding a deflector, I am sure one of the water heater builders would have incorporated it as a sales feature.

For the most part it won't ever blow out the main flame and the pilot can always be relit.

Of course, others may disagree, but that's my take on the problem.
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That's a common complaint, that the pilot can sometimes blow out on windy days.

Just for a matter of safety I wouldn't attach anything in the path of airflow to the gas jet area as it may have unintended consequences.

If a fix for the problem was something as easy as adding a deflector, I am sure one of the water heater builders would have incorporated it as a sales feature.

For the most part it won't ever blow out the main flame and the pilot can always be relit.

Of course, others may disagree, but that's my take on the problem.
I guess I thought it blew out the main flame but maybe the setting
I had it on shut it off?
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That's a common complaint, that the pilot can sometimes blow out on windy days.
Interesting, I haven't had mine blow out and have camped in some pretty windy conditions.... wonder if perhaps if the outside cover has something to do with it - i.e. the location of the air vent openings on the cover. The air vent on mine is located fairly high up from the location of the pilot light.
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I've had mine blow out a number of times but it was because the heater outside vent was on the windy side. I could have moved the rig around so that the heater was not taking the full wind pretty much head on but the water was warm...good enough.
Bob, it has blown out with the full flame going a few times over the years ( 6 different RV's) and before you say it's a maintenance issue it is not. 40+ mpg winds will do it. Just one of the happy details of desert camping.....0 to 50+ wind at the flip of a switch
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