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Old 08-24-2016, 10:14 PM   #1
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Frozen regulator on BBQ

My new dual burner BBQ now all of a sudden freezes up at the regulator and reduces the flame to a tiny flicker. Starts off fine then halfway through the cooking process goes practically out. Im using the RV tank as a source and tapped off before the attached RV regulator.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:47 AM   #2
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Have you recently refilled your RV propane tank? If so, you may have gotten propane with moisture in it, which would explain why the freeze-up started happening suddenly.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:57 AM   #3
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High propane flow and high humidity will cause the freeze up. You could either turn the flame down and cook a bit longer or use a hair dryer to thaw the regulator as needed. Had it happen when doing a fish boil in the summer when the humidity was high.
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Maybe it is not actually freezing, but it is in the safety mode. Try turning everything off including the tank, removing the tank/cylinder. Now with the valve turned off reconnect the tank/cylinder. Now slowly turn on the tank/cylinder. After a few seconds turn on the burner valve and light the burners.

Most BBQ grill regulators have a safety device that limits the flow of gas if it detects a leak. If the grill valve is turned on when connecting the tank/cylinder, the regulator sees a sudden rush of gas, thinks the grill is leaking and shuts down all but a trickle.
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What Bigd9 Said

This will most often happen when you turn off the burners before you turn off the valve at the tank. When you are done cooking just turn off the valve at the tank first then let the gas burn out of the burners then turn them off. That will prevent the regulators from going in to the safety mode.
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Modern gas grill regulators are of very poor quality. When my flame is inadequate and I have enough gas in the bottle, I'll often tap the regulator with a hammer. Some times it starts to work okay. And sometimes I just have to buy another regulator.
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I have a Webber Q 220 and in less than three years I've had to replace (free of charge) two bad regulators. In my case the bad regulator stopped all gas flow. I'm hoping the third one is the charm.
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Thanks all! It seems the volume overwhelms the regulator so the trick as mentioned here is to sneak the flow on and avoid the safety trigger.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:13 PM   #9
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well this is opposite of what anybody that i know does. its always burners off then tank as the new valve does not do funny things like shut down.. but maybe yours is different/..


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This will most often happen when you turn off the burners before you turn off the valve at the tank. When you are done cooking just turn off the valve at the tank first then let the gas burn out of the burners then turn them off. That will prevent the regulators from going in to the safety mode.
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