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Old 10-01-2022, 11:37 PM   #1
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Disappointing Stove Performance

Had the ORV out this past week for what may be our final trip of the year. Spaghetti was on the menu for one of the nights. Put a pot of water on to boil for the noodles. The pot contained approximately 3 qts. of water. It never came to a full boil. The best it would do was just above a simmer. Ultimately the noodles were cooked but it took forever. This is a Suburban brand range. I'm not impressed. I seem to remember that other brands performed better. I have decided to add an induction burner to our inventory. Either we will be camping in a place with electricity or will use our generator if necessary. I'm guessing that placing the pot on a gas grill would be better.

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Old 10-02-2022, 02:56 AM   #2
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Propane gas pressure should be 0.4psi, so it doesn't take much variation to result in your problem.

Have the LP gas pressure checked, or if you're handy DIY like this: Measuring Gas Pressure with Manometer
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Old 10-02-2022, 07:53 AM   #3
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Is the flame the same on all the burners? If the pressure is low, you should be having problems with all the gas appliances but I'd have it checked anyway. How about the oven, does it work normally? Start searching for a bent gas pipe or even a bit of debris in the supply depending on the results of your search. Looks like there may be a weekend or two left for camping.
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Old 10-02-2022, 08:13 AM   #4
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Spiders sometimes spin webs in the gas mixing tubes or other contaminants get in. I disassembled the burners and eyeballed the insides. I could see nothing. I then ran a large diameter cotton rope through the tube and it started working again.
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Old 10-02-2022, 08:37 AM   #5
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Contaminants, like oil can get into the gas lines from the lp tanks. You can remove the jets and clean them, and clean the burners. Last resort is pressure testing the line to the stove, but I don’t know how to do that.
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Old 10-02-2022, 12:51 PM   #6
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Both of the regulators were bad on my trailer. The main regulator wouldn't supply enough gas to run multiple appliances at the same time.
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Old 10-02-2022, 12:53 PM   #7
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Something is clearly wrong. We have no issues boiling water on the stove in our 280KVS.

What altitude are you at? Altitude can affect your propane performance.
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Old 10-02-2022, 01:23 PM   #8
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Suburban Elite 3 burner stove top with cover
Front Burner ---- 9000btu
L/R Rear Burners ----6000btu each
Oven ----7100btu


Front burner should have boiled 3 quarts of water within 10 minutes on HIGH
Provided Main LP System Reg is maintaining 11"WC (0.39psi) AND stove LP Reg is Maintaining 10"WC (0.36psi)

Flames should have been strong, steady, blue in color (complete combustion)
Yellow tips......incomplete combustion AND cooler flame temps
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Were you cooking at high elevation?.........that will take longer to cook than at sea level.

Consider a Ninja Foodi for cooking spaghetti in the future https://thetastytravelers.com/ninja-foodi-spaghetti/. That is what we use.
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Water boiling temp at Sea Level....212*F
Water boiling temp at 10,000 feet...193*F

YES ...high altitude requires longer cooking times due to lower temps but water should BOIL....not just simmer
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Old 10-02-2022, 06:33 PM   #11
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This post prompted me to share my recent "stove" experience. I have an Atwood stove, but my story and the OP's story probably applies to all brands of stoves in RV's in that RV's are homes on wheels going down the road at 65 MPH. A week or so ago after arriving at a state park I noticed one of the stove burners laying on its side. I moved that burner somewhat back in position and since that burner is seldom used, life went on. Upon returning home and upon cleaning the TT and checking things over, looked at the forementioned burner. The main attachment screw had backed out and that is why the unit flopped over. I also noticed that two other assembly screws were loose on that unit. I subsequently took all the burner screws loose and used Locktite on them. Hope this helps as probably stove maintenance needs to be done on a regular basis for best operation? Cheers!
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My ORV stove top grate is so soft that if you put a heavy skillet on it too many times the center sags. I ended up tack welding some 1/2" square stock side to side about 7-8" apart for the front burner running left to right. Feels like a cast iron grate as opposed to a soft thin metal grate.
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My ORV is a 2015 model. So it could be that mine and yours have the same.....or different regulators. Mine was low by at least 1-1/2" w/c. Bottom line is, your's needs to be checked for proper pressure. I recommend you purchase a U-Tube Manometer......or you can make one. Take one of the burner assemblies off. Put the tube to the manometer on the jet and slowly turn on the burner to pressurize the manometer. Notice where it settles. Should be right at 11" w/c. Turn on the furnace while the manometer is still reading pressure and see if it maintains 11" w/c while under load. This is the only way to really see if the primary regs at the tanks are set correctly. There is also an "appliance reg" where the 3/8" copper line comes into the stove before the manifold. This little guy could be loused up too.
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My ORV is a 2015 model. So it could be that mine and yours have the same.....or different regulators. Mine was low by at least 1-1/2" w/c. Bottom line is, your's needs to be checked for proper pressure. I recommend you purchase a U-Tube Manometer......or you can make one. Take one of the burner assemblies off. Put the tube to the manometer on the jet and slowly turn on the burner to pressurize the manometer. Notice where it settles. Should be right at 11" w/c. Turn on the furnace while the manometer is still reading pressure and see if it maintains 11" w/c while under load. This is the only way to really see if the primary regs at the tanks are set correctly. There is also an "appliance reg" where the 3/8" copper line comes into the stove before the manifold. This little guy could be loused up too.
The main regulator is 11" wc. At the stove, if you pull a burner, it will only read 10" wc due to redundant regulator at the stove regulates at 10".
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