Every year for the last 3 years, the pilot light in the oven has
gone out. Two years it went out on Thanksgiving morning (the
first year it added about 1.5 hours on the turkey since I didn't
know it went out). This year it went out a day early - just last
night. It never goes out any other time of the year.
The pilot light feeding the two sides of the stove are still lit
- so it wasn't a gas service interruption. The first year this
happened the water heater pilot light also went out.
Somebody said it might be the wind, but the range doesn't vent to
the outside. It did get kinda cold last night, but it's done
that a couple times this month already. Not that that would have
any effect on the lines/pilots.
Anybody want to take a stab at explaining why this happens every
year around this time?
[crossposting to austin.food and rec.food.cooking - maybe it's a
My guess is that you are using more burners on the stove at one time
than other times of the year. The pilot flame may be too small to
start, and when you are using much more gas, (as well as everyone in
your neighborhood), the pressure drops enough to kill the pilot light.
On Thu, 22 Nov 2007 02:02:20 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
Hmm. I wasn't using the stove yesterday - only the oven for 45
minutes. But the theory that more (non-poltergeist) people are
using gas in my 'hood actually makes sense. I live at the very
butt-end of the gas lines by almost 3 miles.
When I did re-light the pilot I noticed it was very weak. And
these pilots, especially, are based solely on pressure. I don't
have any adjustables for my pilot output like I did for other
Thanks, Turkey. Don't let RFC scare you aware.
The pressure regulator at your gas meter is supposed to cut down the gas
mains pressure of several pounds per square inch (psi) to a household gas
plumbing level of about 1/2 psi. Unless the mains pressure falls to
something close to that, your household gas pressure level should remain
constant. Call your gas company and have them check the pressure regulator
at the gas meter. It might be partially clogged.
Bingo!!! Crudded up would be my pick as the most likely culprit here
given the "weak" description. Why this time of year could also be
related to picking up condensation -- just day before yesterday the cold
front came through here dropping us from highs in the 80s to a low last
night below 20 and highs in the low 30s so on south/east yesterday would
have been the day there...
There are many systems in use, ranging from high pressure distribution down
to old city systems that have been converted from manufactured gas in the
50s. These old ones did not use regulators, the whole distribution system is
very low pressure often with cast iron mains. No matter what, call your gas
company, and let them figure it out. They may want to bump up the
distribution pressure a little if that option is available, and/or check
your regulator if you have one. It is also possible your service pipe from
the street or the pipes in the house are too small for the load that you
place on them with your appliances on Thanksgiving day possibly combined
with other factors. Like running 20 amps on 14 gauge wire. Let the gas
company figure it out.
I worked for 40 years at a local gas company, I have heard many strange
things over the years.
On Thu, 22 Nov 2007 10:49:39 GMT, "HiTech RedNeck"
This is quite likely. However, if the pilot flame is too small and
everything else works fine on the stove and other gas appliances, the
pilot is dirty or needs adjustment. The adjuster is often a slotted
screw looking thing in the front of the stove. Follow the pilot light
pipe back to the place where it attaches to the main gas pipe inside
the stove. That's the likely place that adjuster is. Of course, gas
is dangerous, so if you are not handy, call the gas company.
I don't remember what the weather was like last year and year before
that, but this year, the day before Thanksgiving was also the first
really cold day of the year here in Austin.
So the day your pilot light went out might have been the day you
first turned on your furnace. Do you have a gas furnace, Sqwertz?
If so, that might be something to consider.
On Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:09:25 -0600, Logan Shaw wrote:
The furnace has been on several times before that. I don't think
I even turned it on the day before Thanksgiving.
I really think it has something to do with the load being put on
the gas lines during this time. It only does it on Thanksgiving
(and this year, and the day before as well). Perhaps my pressure
regulator has trouble adjusting to the lower pressure.
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