I have your basic bottom of the line 10 year old gas stove (from the town
gas, not propane, dunno if it matters).
I know nothing of how these are hooked up, and I seem to remember seeing
elsewhere that they are often hooked up to the gas feed via a large copper
coiled loop so that the stove can be pulled out.
Question: Are there any worries about doing this that I should know about?
(besides not smoking a cigar at the time) :)
Yes, there is something you should know. That's where the a shutoff
for the gas is located. And don't assume there is one behind the
stove before you start to pull it out. Having the appropriate wrench,
if needed, to shut it off is also a good idea.
There have been changes in gas codes over the years, and without
having a professional installer on hand, it's difficult to predict
what you have. Even then.
Try to find the stove shut off, and shut it off before doing anything.
Make the assumption that they have _something_ that will permit you
to pull the stove out far enough to disconnect it. But, pull out
real slow and keep rechecking to see what it is and whether it's
If you're planning on disconnecting it (and/or reconnecting a
new stove), I'd recommend getting an installer since you don't
seem to have worked with gas before.
Disconnecting seems easy, but the end really should be capped
(and you don't necessarily know what cap you need until it's
apart), and properly tested for leaks. Similarly, for reconnection,
you may have to change connectors around, _and_ also test for leaks.
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
I used the wrong term here, by the way. Flashpoint is the temperature at
which a flammable liquid turns to gas (and can then ignite), not
specifically the temperature required for an existing gas to ignite.
In any case, without contentiousness, I do want to know what you mean.
A smoldering cigarette or cigar or whatever you are smoking will usually not
ignite propane, butane, or even gasoline. You can extinguish a cigarette in
gasoline (although I very much recommend you don't try). However, as you
draw on whatever you are smoking, the air rushing across the burning
material will cause the temperature of the burning material to increase,
much like what happens when you blow on glowing embers to get them hot
enough to burn. Certain components of whatever you are smoking might get hot
enough to ignite the gas. So don't smoke when you work around gas. One deep
toke on your smoke and BOOOOOMM!
Actually, for the record, I don't smoke. Not even tires.
No liquids burn, gasoline included. But the vapor does if there is
molecular oxygen around (and an ignition or high enough temp).
But if I put a smoldering cigarette over the gas flowing out of my stove top
burner, you're saying that it usually will not ignite? Huh....I'll have to
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