Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

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Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by Mishigas » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:56 pm

I know this was discussed a year or two ago but I am still struggling with this system. Last time on board we could not get the gas burner to recieve any gas flow. We tried all the tricks that used to work, tapping on solonoid valve in tank locker, working the wall switch several times above the stove...nothing. I know the tank if full and it worked fine two weeks ago. Can any of the list members share what they know about solving this problem. I have never seen any of the "Honey" residue that some have mentioned in the past. Any advice or sugestions appreciated.
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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by Moonstruck » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:30 pm

I finally replaced the solendoid to solve the problem.

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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by Loki » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:09 pm

On the 36 the propane locker is open to the elements because of the big "tie rod." Good for ventilation, but terrible for rust. I replace the solenoid every 3 years - the last one pretty much fell apart in my hands. For a while I used the "dual tank, automatic switch over" style, but they are too expensive, especially if they rust out before the second switchover.

On a slightly different topic, I just replaced the tanks (which also get severe rust in a few years) with fiberglass tanks. I was able to get two 10-pound "Lite" brand tanks from an RV supply house for $165. Very neat, light weight, they fit perfectly, will never rust, and you can see the propane level through the 'glass!
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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by phild » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:11 am

Jeff,
Can you provide the specifics (model, manufacturer, distributor) on both the solenoid and the tanks? I very much agree with your observations!
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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by Loki » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:43 pm

The solenoid was whatever WasteMarine has. The metal is "soft iron" so its not going to last long saturated in sea air. I guess I should just buy another, vacuum seal it, and stash it since I'll be needing it within a few years!

The tanks are the "Lite Cylinder Company" brand:
http://www.litecylinder.com/
Here's a link to the RV place where I got them:
http://www.rvsupplywarehouse.com/produc ... m/pid/4126
With free shipping, it was the best price I found. Since they are the only glass tanks I've seen up close, I can't comment on the quality. They are noticeably lighter than the steel tanks. They are a hair larger than the steel tanks, so the fit is snug but not too tight.
Jeff Morris, Loki 36072

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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by boatpf » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:46 pm

Propane Stove
One burner on propane stove wont stay lit.
One side works fine, the other side lites, but will not stay lit even though holding knob down for long time.
Is it bad thermocouple or maybe something else ?
If so, does know if there is a replacement part or model number for it?
Thank you
David

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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by AMCarter3 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:41 pm

Assuming the issues you are referring are related to the Princess cooktop that was installed on many if not all of the PDQ's, we also had a lot of issues with it when we bought our PDQ 4 years ago. After a replacement was equally flawed, we changed to a Thetford "Spinflo" cooktop Model SHB92090Y (Black glass, Black knobs, 12V Ignition, Burner 1 – 8,530 Btu, Burner 2 – 5,460 Btu). It fits the counter opening with just a bit of modifications. It has worked flawlessly ever since. Unfortunately, I can't find any units available on internet any more.
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Re: Propane Cooktop Issue Revisited

Post by duetto » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:57 pm

sounds like a bad thermocouple. they are available from sure marine.
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