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Old 04-25-2009, 09:16 PM   #1
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The only propane device in my Boler is the original 2 burner stove. I just connected a tank and lit it up for the first time, it works pretty good but I noticed there is no separate shut-off inside the trailer and the pilot light stays on all the time once lit.

I'm thinking my normal sequence will be:
1. check stove knobs are off.
2. turn on tank valve.
3. go inside and light stove right away, which in turn lights the pilot.

I'm a bit worried that I or someone else might turn on the tank valve, but forget about the lighting the stove pilot and the gas from the unlit pilot will fill up the trailer. I'll probably make a big yellow tag to put on the tank to remind everyone to light the stove right away. I'll also get a propane gas detector so that should cover me safety wise.

I'd rather not have a pilot, it also heats up the surface of the stove directly above it quite hot.

Do most of the newer stoves have pilots like this? Any other precautions to take?

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Old 04-25-2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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My Suburban two burner doesn't have a pilot light.


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I'm surprised a two burner stove would have a pilot light. Wouldn't it be "pilot lights". How does one pilot light reach to both burners??

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Kevin,

Most do not have a pilot, if yours does then follow the small line back from the pilot, it will go to a nexus with an itty bitty screw in it, turning the screw clockwise until it stops will seat the needle in the adjustment body and disable the pilot 100%. You may then use it as a conventional stove.

Is that a Duo therm "travler"?

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That's the first I've ever heard of an RV range with a pilot light!

Joy, likely the LP gas from the open burner reaches the pilot and the gas pops.
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Kevin,
Back up north, years ago, I had an older house stove with one pilot for each two burners....I suspect it meant more unused gas had to be emitted before the flame "jumped" from the pilot and caught. That was ok in a well-ventilated (read old, drafty) house, far less desirable in an egg.. .
Kevin, newer propane cooktops are either lit with a match, or have a (manual) piezo spark lighter (which often doesn't work, so is also often lit with a match), but have no pilot. The newest ones have a safety that shuts off the gas if there is no flame, or not enough oxygen to support a flame.

I wouldn't find a pilot lite in a cooktop acceptable in a (mostly) airtight egg for all the reasons you've already thought of, plus the safety factor of the open, unattended flame, and the heat and humidity gain of a pilot running non-stop if lit. If you can't find the turnoff for the pilot (and it may just be a very small screw beneath the pilot light cup itself), I'd just turn off or disconnect the gas completely, and plan on replacing the cooktop as my second mod, right after installing an LP detector near the floor (LP is heavier than air, and collects low to the floor.) and a CO detector.
( Normally, RV furnaces, refrigerators, and water heaters vent to the outside of the trailer. Only the cooktop uses indoor oxygen, and emits co to the interior of your trailer. You indicated you don't have a furnace, LP refrigerator, or water heater, so, there is no reason, in my opinion, to run an old, risky cooktop connected to LP. You can run your grill directly off the tank.)
Wishing you safe travels....
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:38 PM   #6
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Most do not have a pilot, if yours does then follow the small line back from the pilot, it will go to a nexus with an itty bitty screw in it, turning the screw clockwise until it stops will seat the needle in the adjustment body and disable the pilot 100%. You may then use it as a conventional stove.

Is that a Duo therm "travler"?

Harry
Thanks Harry, that's exactly what I found, haven't tried closing it yet though.

The knobs have the word "Stellar" on them and the plate inside the stove says "Manufactured by Medland Enterprises, Toronto, Canada for Greg Lund Products Ltd., Oakville, Ontario, Model 200"

Sherry I think you're right, I'll have to assess how much we'll even use the stove inside over the next few years. I have one of those single burner butane cartride portable stoves which just might be all we'd ever need inside.

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