I just purchased a Galaxy (Sears) gas stovetop (model 790.6000) which
has two central pilot lights between the burners. Everything functions
properly but I find when the stovetop is closed the proximity of the
pilot lights are such that the actual stovetop gets heated up quite
high with just the pilots going.
I've adjusted each of them to be the absolutely smallest that they can
be (in danger of going out with a light breeze) and it still has the
same effect. I cannot imagine this is correct.
The pilot cage itself has a small arm shield that raises above it I
imagine to take the heat of the flame should it get too high. I'm
wondering if these are the culprits and need to be bent downward
slightly in case they are touching or if there is something else that
can be done to remedy this.
Thank you both for your replies. I suppose it must be so. Its still
hard to believe this stove was designed such that the surface remains
painfully hot. The stove is actually brand new..I bought it a few
months ago because it was the only one under $1500 that fit into the
alcove of the original one (for some reason all reasonably priced
stoves must have a foot high backing whether theres a display in there
It is indeed an open burner unit.
Not that I'd expect you would but do happen to have an inkling as to
where I might find an inexpensive 40" high pilotless gas stove? My
exhaustive search produced only this one.
New & Improved - N/F John wrote:
Here are several: http://tinyurl.com/7gagp
The 30" ranges start toward the bottom of the list, e.g.:
If you go to www.ajmadison.com you'll see an Appliance Finder
(it's in the middle of the page). In the Finder, click on Cooking,
then select "cooking ranges" in the category box, you can specify
a minimum and maximum height. I used 38" and 40 3/4" just as
Thanks again everyone. I managed to find some other options but it
seems as though all 30Wx40H freestanding ranges are simply pilot
ignition (I think I've found one particularly ugly two-toned
I still have word into Sears and there is a small amount of hope in
that the instruction manual indicates that there is a version of this
model that comes with electric ignition.
Perhaps I'll become Amish.
That's completely normal for gas stoves, at least for the part
of the stovetop immediately above the pilot lights. If it bothers
you, switch to a pilotless gas stovetop which use electronic
starters. These models will lower your gas bills a bit as well.
In most cases, you are not allowed. If the stove has any electrical
components at all, it MUST, by law, have electronic ignition. OTOH, it is
allowed for Amish, places with no electricity, and some Kosher kitchens.
Many new ranges have Sabbath mode.
According to Jewish religion, now work is to be done on the Sabbath. That
includes starting a fire. If the fire is already going, you can use it.
Some stoves have provision to keep the fire on. That may not be a perfect
explanation, but probably close enough coming from a Christian. As an
aside, read up a bit on kosher food preparation and cooking. Modern
technology has probably made for some to be of less concern, but they have
some very interesting ideas on the food we consume.
That is pretty much how stoves with standing pilots are. The heat has to
go somewhere and that is why the stovetop gets warm/hot.
Surprised that they still make stoves with standing pilots. That has
been considered bad form for a long time because of the wasted fuel.
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