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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Stop, turn off the gas, ventilate the house, and hire a pro. If you applied teflon tape to a flare fitting, you are NOT the person to be installing your gas range. You fundamentally don't understand ...
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I ran out of propane and now the water heater pilot light will not stay lit

I have had similar problems in the past when running out, what I found is I had to hold the pilot for several minutes to get the lines full of propane again. I found it easiest to light the stove top ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

Let's learn about energy: BTUs. Put 1 pound of water (just shy of a pint) on the stove and stick a thermometer in it. Turn the stove on, and watch the water warm up on the thermometer. You're ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

Kris' comment is likely a good reference. Consider to perform a test by operating only one device. If the duration of normal operation increases, or normal operation continues throughout the test, it'...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Repeating the comments : Do NOT use any pipe dope or tape on flare connections . They are metal to metal seals and anything on the metal sealing surface can cause a leak. Pipe threads (tapered) ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

Ask your propane company to check the gas pressure anywhere in the system and then fire all appliances in the system, the low pressure side (after the second stage regulator) should stay above 11 ...
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Propane fireplace won’t light

If you haven't used it for two years, the line is probably full of air that needs to be flushed out to get gas to the appliance. When you tried it in the fall and it didn't work, that would have been ...
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I ran out of propane and now the water heater pilot light will not stay lit

My understanding of pilot lights is that they heat a thermocouple, which is a mass of metal that detects heat. The electronics behind that thermocouple will shut off the gas to the pilot if the ...
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Can I safely refinish 250 gallon propane tank?

I wouldn't use any power tools on a tank with any level of an explosive substance. Sparks, static, busting/cutting through the metal, etc. would be "bad". Also, it might be a good idea to ...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

The basic one common to all is that they can accumulate gasses you can't breathe, or smell. Without active ventilation (a blower, run for some time before entering and all the time a person is inside) ...
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Why won't propane come out of my nearly-new propane tank?

Open the tank supply valve very slowly and make sure the weed burner valve is closed when you do it. I mean if you think you are opening it slowly you are still opening it too fast. Some of these ...
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How do I fill my grill's propane tank from my house tank?

When I asked our builder and the gas supplier about this, I was told unequivocally no. None of them wanted to get involved in any way in allowing a homeowner to be able to fill a propane tank. I was ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

As an HVAC technician, some of these answers you're getting are really bothering me. Do not wrap anything around your tanks, especially anything electrical. They are designed the way they are for a ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

From the look of the burn on the stove it is not to do with pressure. The flame would be short or lazy this is not the case. With this going on all at one time it is something in the gas. Propane CO ...
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How do I add a level gauge for 100 lb propane tank?

Put it on a scale. The only thing that a pressure gauge tells you about a propane tank is its temperature, or that it's completely empty. The tank should have a "tare weight" marked on it (...
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How can I connect a GE LP clothes dryer to a portable LP tank?

Listen to the manufacturer. Don't do it. A gas dryer uses gas at a much higher rate than a 20 lb tank can deliver. You would initially get a nice hot flame and decent drying, but within minutes the ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

Everyone else is right. It’s supposed to be a metal-metal seal, so tape won’t do anything. Glue or caulking would not fix it, and trying to welding it or solder it won’t end nicely. Basically, Either ...
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Gas stove do i need to convert it? Are flames normal

Natural gas and propane are different. The main difference is the pressure of the gas (natural gas is at low pressure because it is sent from the utility to you as a gas, propane is liquid inside your ...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

Filling any container completely/over fill that might have held explosive/flammable contains with water or non explosive gas(CO2) before cutting/doing something that might cause sparks, should be the ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

As others have indicated, there is a very real danger that you have damaged the fitting in an attempt to fix it. Further attempts to fix it can cause things to get worse. And you can solve the ...
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How can I direct heat from a fire pit table?

Reflection of radiant heat is what you would be after. If you could magically hang it, one of the best would be a metal surface above the fire reflecting heat back down to everyone. Using an upside ...
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Propane tank sizes peddled by various local providers

Propane is stored and shipped as a liquid under pressure. That makes it convenient to store and ship a usable amount without needing very high pressures. The pressure in a propane tank is a function ...
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A natural gas water heater was used accidentally when propane was the gas source. Is the natural gas water heater damaged or if so, repairable?

Propane contains more energy than natural gas (NG), and its usually delivered at a higher pressure. Propane orifices (the small hole that meters the gas output) are normally smaller than NG because ...
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Does the arm that connects a camp stove to a 1 lb. propane canister have an appropriate regulator for a 20 lb tank?

There is no pressure difference between a 1 pound propane cylinder and a 2000 pound propane cylinder if both are at the same temperature. 1 looks like it would fit a 20 pound tank. If it fits it's ...
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Propane fireplace won’t light

If you can't hear gas flowing have you overlooked an additional control that is needed to allow gas to flow until a temperature sensor on a pilot light or similar allows it to stay on? For example, ...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

For a true explosion to happen, you need the right mixture of flammable gas and air inside a container. When the air/gas mixture is ignited, it expands quickly, breaking the container and thus the ...
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If my regular propane tank for the house runs out, can I use a BBQ tank as a temporary fix?

It's possible in an emergency but it will not last long. Making the connection is somewhat difficult if you don't have the parts. The regulators are different threads. Tanks use national pipe thread ...
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Why won't propane come out of my nearly-new propane tank?

I had a simular issue with a griill. i turned off valves disconnected the propane hose with the hose off i turned burner nozzles to high and depressurized the system i waited a few minutes closed all ...
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Why does my propane oven emit a chemical smell when in use?

Pull the oven burner and check for lint or any thing that could partially block the air inlet at the burner venturi. If you can see the flame, It should be blue and have a definite pattern not yellow ...
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Holes in gas grill burner replacement constitute a leak?

Those openings are the air inlet. The gas line ends in a small diameter opening that inserts into the burner assembly. The small gas opening causes the gas to flow out at a high velocity, which ...
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