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Old 03-14-2012, 11:59 PM   #15
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Hey George, it is not a bomb . The mercury expands when heated. For example when you heat a thermometer the mercury in the tube rises. In a closed tube with a mercury bulb at the end when its heated it causes pressure which in turn pushes the gas valve open to release gas to the main burner. It is environmentally dangerous that is why it has been changed to a thermocoupler.
Thank you for the explanation, I am very happy that these mercury pressure devices are outlawed. It seems as they should never be allowed especially in any oven, for Godís sake, we eat this staff. A thermocouple, 2 Centuries old technology, is a junction of 2 dissimilar metals generating an electrical power with high temperature, it is very safe and letís hope that our political powers will keep it this way.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:42 AM   #16
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Success! After scouring the Internet for pictures it seemed my assembly was correct with the sensor below and in front of the pilot flame. Since the sensor worked when I put a flame directly on it I figured it must have something to do with the flame itself and although it seemed big enough and the 'heating mode' worked, the only logical thing to do was clean the orifice. My wife took it off, hit it with an old toothbrush and blew at it with a straw and presto. The pilot flame is completely different! The metal shielding must sort of reign the propane and create a "ball" of flame rather than a standard vertical flame. The flame now reaches the sensor and it works perfectly. Thanks to everyone that helped.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:09 PM   #17
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Just a little FYI - spiders LOVE the odor that is added to propane (an odoless gas/liquid) to allow olfactory leak detection or so you can smell the stuff if a burner goes out, etc. It's a good idea to check all burners, especially small ones such as pilot lights, etc, that are on/of with some regularity. Just a tiny bit of spider web can clog up that tiny orifice & cause big problems that a little cleaning/preventive maintenance will avoid. I have for years carried a small coil of stranded wire (for cleaning tiny orifices) & either a small can of compressed air (like for cleaning computer stuff) or one of the little 'bulb' type blow guns used for cleaning camera lens'n such (good idea on blowing it out with a soda straw biw314). Have only had to use 'em once as I try to remember to check the area(s) in question frequently. Pilot lights on the older Dometic fridges are havens for little 8-legged critters.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:57 PM   #18
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Just a little FYI - spiders LOVE the odor that is added to propane (an odoless gas/liquid) to allow olfactory leak detection or so you can smell the stuff if a burner goes out, etc.
Wow, that explains a lot!

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(good idea on blowing it out with a soda straw biw314).
We are camping on the beach in Pensacola so have limited supplies (unless we want to drive three whole miles to a Walmart).
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:43 PM   #19
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You're in a great place. Used to spend quite a bit of time each fall camping at Ft Pickens. That was quite a few years ago. I'm sure it's changed a lot by now. I know the prices sure have...
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:12 PM   #20
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Almost ended up there but we managed to get a spot at Pensacola NAS for $23/ night to visit my son who is training at the base. I can see Ft. Pickens from my camper!
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