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propane cook stove...

Have not used 2 burner stove in two years and now when I need it, will not light NO gas to burners.

I have 150 on the gueage at tank and a little rusted out looking something in the line about 8" out. any ideas?

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All the permanent propane installations I've seen have a selenoid that operates off the house batteries. To turn on my stove I have to first open up the valve on the tank which you must have done since you're getting a reading on the pressure gauge. Then i turn on the circuit breaker for the gas valve on my d.c. panel then I turn on the gas switch which is near my stove. You should have some sort of switch near the stove itself that has to be turned on to open the line. If that too is on and you're still getting no gas either your switch is no good (or not getting any power) or your line is blocked somehow -- either a kink or corrosion in the stove itself. Assume that if the gas line was broken you would have smelled the gas.
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Ralph,

When was the last time you pressure-tested your propane system?
Even when the system is operating normally, this should be done on a routine basis. Your system is experiencing problems, making it all the more important that you pressure test it if you haven't already.

If you don't know how to pressure test your system, just say so and we will point you to some threads that explain the process.

That said, is your remote solenoid working properly? If the valve on your tank is open, then more than likely the solenoid valve is not opening properly. These are designed to fail in the closed position, so if you have power tot he solenoid and the valve doesn't open, it's time for a new one.

All this assumes you actually have propane in the tank. The pressure gauge attached to the propane system does not tell you how much propane is left in the tank -- it is only there as a tool for pressure testing the system.
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Dumb me...

Went back to basics and started to trace the 12volt sys. and low and behold not only the gas detector switch to the right of the stove but my 1st mate of our Sea Scout group ask about the breaker that said STOVE. Yesterday we had so much stuff stacked on nav station we could not have seen the switch if we had remembered it was there.
Glad to say stove is working fine and all is well... there will be hot meals for the young folks going on the cruise.

Nica Ralph
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