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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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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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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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If my regular propane tank for the house runs out, can I use a BBQ tank as a temporary fix?

This generally won't work all that well. While both large and small tanks contain propane, the large tank can deliver more propane to appliances than the small one can. Propane is supplied as a ...
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Why won't this 3/8 male connector for a natural gas dryer fit a 3/8 female connector?

You need a 3/8" female NPT x 3/8" male flare thread adapter. Any good hardware store or plumbing shop.
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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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Why would a patio heater slowly die out over time?

It sounds to me like a restriction at the regulator, not the control valve. You mentioned that the previous owner had done some work on it, make sure that he/she did not replace the regulator with one ...
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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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New Propane Run

Short answer is, because the 1/2" flexible tubing is short enough to not cause a major pressure loss. If you ran 1/2" line the whole way, it would be too much pressure drop. Pressure drop across a ...
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Why won't this 3/8 male connector for a natural gas dryer fit a 3/8 female connector?

The short pipe you show is a section of tapered NPT black iron pipe. As a sidenote, there should not be pipe dope inside the pipe, the dope should only be on the threads. The section of corrugated ...
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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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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

https://algas-sdi.com/lpg/direct-fired-lpg-vaporizer/ Used to use all the time at -35-40c with 1000lb portable tanks
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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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Adapter to interface camping propane tank like big grilling one

Shopping questions are off-topic here. However, I was able to find what you're looking for by searching for "coleman" (since they're one of the most popular makers of 1lb propane tanks and ...
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What are specs for pipe to install between two concrete slabs connecting a generator to a propane tank

There are building code rules applicable to gas piping under a slab below or feeding a building, but I suppose if these slabs are just out in the open those wouldn't apply. It'll be a good idea to run ...
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Which should I use on a propane line?

If you are using the standard propane fittings and adapters, nothing else should be needed. Not tape, dope, paste, nor putty.
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On demand water heater using a propane tank

I usually encourage DIY projects, but when it comes to gas applications, I have to strongly caution you to consider using a licensed gas installer to connect an on demand water heater. Nothing in a ...
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Can I use 1/4 inch copper tubing with a compression needle valve to run propane to a gas light?

You'll need to look into your local code to find out if it's approved. Where I live, compression fittings aren't allowed for gas but flared fittings are. If you're not sure, you should contact a ...
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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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