I have a BBQ propame tank that doesn't let a full stream of propane reach
the burners; i.e., even on wide open (tank and burners) the flame burns low.
I don't have this problem with another tank. Is something wrong with the
tank regulator and can it be fixed.
That is because something WAS blocking the gas flow. The new tanks with OPD
valves suffer from this when very full and the valve is opened quickly. The
overflow protection device impedes gas flow. Shutting it off and slowly
opening will usually take care of it.
My wife does this all the time; From the owners manual that came with
my Weber grill: "WARNING: The burner control knobs must be in the OFF
position before turning on the liquid propane cylinder tank valve. If
they are not in the OFF position, when you turn on the LP cylinder
valve, the "excess gas flow control" feature will activate, limiting
the flow of gas from the LP cylinder. If this should occur, turn OFF
the LP cylinder valve and burner control knobs. Then start over"
It you turn on the burner knobs first and then the tank, this gas flow
control feature kicks in and the grill lights normally, but it won't
get hot. If you open the valve on the tank and *THEN* turn on the
burner knobs, the grill works fine.
Does the tank have the 3 sided top valve? Or the round one.
The new and improved, protect the people from themselves 3 sided tanks have
an extra set of valves for tip overs.
Shut off the controls on the grill, shut off the valve on the tank. Wait 10
minutes and then open the tank then the control valves. My brother taught
me about this one when I mistakenly upgraded my grill.
Have you checked to see if the tank is low?
All of you gentlemen have been very helpful. The tank is full and it must
be the OPD unit in the tank. I'll try it today and see if I can get it
working. The grill is a Weber which is about 3 years old. I gave up on the
Sunbeams and CharBroils. The $500 I paid was the best money I've ever
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