No gas Flow in my BURRO - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-20-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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No gas Flow in my BURRO

OK, a big THANK YOU to all of the awesome colleagues out there who submitted advice to help me with my propane issue. I have an older Burro that I am restoring and I could not figure out why the gas wasn't flowing into the cooktop. I repalced the tank, the two stage regulator, and the hose leading to the 3/8 inch copper pipe. Still nothing. Then I removed a section of the rigid copper pipe at the joint and used wire to inspect the inside. Sure enough, some insect had built a mud nest inside the pipe! I had to ream it out several times and tap it on the cement driveway but I removed a big plug as long as a peanut from the pipe. I reconnected everything with a little tape around the threads and attached the flared fittings and BINGO! Gas! The stove lites beautifully now! I would have never thought that an insect could get inside an almost closed system but somehow they migrate down the burner outlets into the pipe and they find a very comfortable, dark dry home to live and nest in!
I wish I had down this first, it would have saved me almost $100 in needless part replacements but at least now my entire propane system is new. THANKS TO EVERYONE. If you have this same issue, you can't get you propane to flow..........inspect the flexible rubber hoses and the rigid copper pipe. It could be that you have the same issue I had.

Thanks Again Everyone!
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
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Glad you got your problem solved but just a word of caution ,teflon tape is not recommended to be used with flare fittings .They are designed to seal by metal to metal contact .
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Glad you got your problem solved but just a word of caution ,teflon tape is not recommended to be used with flare fittings .They are designed to seal by metal to metal contact .
This is true for the white teflon tape made for water or air, but they do make a yellow tape for gas. I didn't know that for years and just use the white, until the hardware person educated me.

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Old 09-20-2014, 02:29 PM   #4
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Tape is used only on pipe thread fittings, not flare fittings like Steve says
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:22 AM   #5
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I will double check the Teflon tape to make sure I didn't use it on flares. Thanks gang!


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