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Old 01-26-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Atwood Range Top

Problem:
Warped grates on the 3 burner Atwood range top.

Condition:
While using a 9" dia copper bottom pot to heat up some soup w/front burner "full on", one of the grids got cherry red, smelled like burning electrical insulation. Inspection with straight edge showed grids on either side of the 2 center grids on each grate had warped and were drooping. The cherry red on was in the worst condition. Has anyone else observed this condition and/or was aware of the mfg'er operation restrictions?

FYI:
Contacted Atwood about this condition and representative advised the following; "These grates will become warped and damaged if you are using a pan that is larger than 9" diameter. A large sized pan can trap excessive heat underneath. The grates will need to be replaced. Please call 866-869-3118 with your model number to order replacements or see your local RV dealer."

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It appears that even a 9" dia pot/pan is enough to damage the grate grids so some smaller dia may prevent damage. It appears a griddle would also promote damage. May be able to prevent grid damage if burner is modulated and not used "full on" with larger dia pots/pans or griddles. Has anyone else observed this condition and/or made aware of the mfg'er operation restrictions? .

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Old 01-27-2010, 12:09 AM   #2
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My tenants do that all the time on their Kenmores. Answer is new grates or new tenants.

Pans that disperse heat better require a lower setting and will help with the grates. We cook a lot and have never ruined a grate, but I've seen plenty of folks that think all cooking starts with a blast of gas.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:26 AM   #3
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Very interesting, when we contacted Atwood about this problem about a year ago, we were told that if we used a too small pan the grates would overheat and warp. I do know that if I get in a hurry an use a small pan to heat water quickly the grate turns bright red and I turn it off right away. I figure to replace the grate sometime but since it will be a continuing problem from what I see and hear, I am in no rush.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:44 PM   #4
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The grates on my Atwood look like they have been through re-entry. I am considering something like this:

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/index...OD&ProdID=1505

Or I have thought about getting a little more creative and trying something like this:

SEAWARD TWO BURNER CERAN GLASS TOP STOVE - Stoves & Cooktops by Discount Marine Supplies

Anyone out there have experience with either of these?
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:58 PM   #5
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Jeff & Kathy, I like the flatop with two burners but you might consider the AMP draw if you have a couple of A/C's running.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:12 PM   #6
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I wonder if there would be demand for an after market heavy duty stainless steel version of the burner grate?
Seems to me it would dress up the stove a lot.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:26 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=Refuse1;593985]The grates on my Atwood look like they have been through re-entry. QUOTE]

I read this and laughed out loud. Sounds like a discard from the Space Station that fell to earth. Hope they have better stuff than Atwood.
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Sounds like another project Emike.
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Problem:
Warped grates on the 3 burner Atwood range top.

Condition:
While using a 9" dia copper bottom pot to heat up some soup w/front burner "full on", one of the grids got cherry red, smelled like burning electrical insulation. Inspection with straight edge showed grids on either side of the 2 center grids on each grate had warped and were drooping. The cherry red on was in the worst condition. Has anyone else observed this condition and/or was aware of the mfg'er operation restrictions?

FYI:
Contacted Atwood about this condition and representative advised the following; "These grates will become warped and damaged if you are using a pan that is larger than 9" diameter. A large sized pan can trap excessive heat underneath. The grates will need to be replaced. Please call 866-869-3118 with your model number to order replacements or see your local RV dealer."

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It appears that even a 9" dia pot/pan is enough to damage the grate grids so some smaller dia may prevent damage. It appears a griddle would also promote damage. May be able to prevent grid damage if burner is modulated and not used "full on" with larger dia pots/pans or griddles. Has anyone else observed this condition and/or made aware of the mfg'er operation restrictions? .

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After about 4 years of fulltiming in our rig..we experenced the same thing on our Atwood stove. Redneck country boy I am....I took the grates out on some straight concrete slab and set the grates face down and used a hammer to "finesse" the grate back into shape with some easy taps. The outside runners are low and the center runner is high. Lasted until we traded it in last November. Cheap fix and worked OK rockin'
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Jeff:

I like that Suburban unit and would likely go for the all propane unit, but those grates look like the pans would easily tip over. I can't believe Atwood, Dometic, Amana or Suburban haven't put out a good sealed-burner unit. That Suburban is pretty close (sans grates).
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