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Old 05-11-2009, 10:28 AM
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Grill has 5 burners. A few months ago I was able to light 4 and when lighting the 5th all of the burners would flame out. Now I'm down to being able to light 2 burners then if I try to light the 3rd, same thing happens, they all go out. I'm thinking fuel delivery and the most likely culprit being the regulator although I've never had them go bad personally. Any thoughts? All of the venturi tubes are clean and free of spider webs and grill is only 2 years old.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:33 AM
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Jeff what kind of grill is it? What fuel are you burning?
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:35 AM
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It's a Perfect Flame (from Lowes...not part of the recall). Fuel is LP.

Edit: I should add that it happens indepently of which burner I start with
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If you're using propane bottles, is the brand of what you're using Coleman? My Magma won't work with Coleman cannisters, but fires up fine and hot with the long, slim ones.
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If you're using propane bottles, is the brand of what you're using Coleman? My Magma won't work with Coleman cannisters, but fires up fine and hot with the long, slim ones.
I'm using BlueRhino propane from Lowes or HD. I tried a different tank with the same results.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:54 AM
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I am betting it is the gas regulator. Might want to tap on it with the handle of a screwdriver, sometimes you get lucky and the regulator works again. Other times you must replace the regulator.

One other possibility that does not seem like your problem is that spiders are known for making nests in gas lines, orifices, and burner racks, etc. Typically we see this in a pilot tube after a long period of lack of use (the winter for grills, the summer for heating systems).
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I think you already answered it.

I'd bet your regulator is shot.
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I bet if you took a good look at the three that will light they probably have a very weak flame. When you light the next one it just drains the other down to the point of going out. Either its the safty valve in the tank or the regulator in the hose.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:28 AM
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I know up here our units have some sort of safety valve BS inside the regulator. If you shut off the grill in the wrong order to the tank, blink the safety valve kicks in. After the safety valve kicks in there is barely enough gas flow to run the grill, definitely not enough gas flow to run the grill properly. You might want to read up in your instruction manual to see if there is a particular order in which your grill needs to be turned off, maybe you are just doing it wrong????

If you are shutting off the grill the wrong way the manual should tell you how to reset the safety valve.

Look to see if you have screens covering the air intake vents where your manifold (assembly the control knobs are attached to) joins up with your burners. If there is no screens covering the 1/4" - 3/8" air vents then there is a good possibility that spiders or some other type of bug has crawled up in there and called the place home. ? Have you tried pulling the burners and blowing them out with compressed air?
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Put an air hose in both ends and zap it - it worked for me - either that or rapping the regulator - I have had also problems with the cheap chinese regulators the grills come with . The home depot replacements are made in Texas (just looked - San Marcos - probably a border town....???) and seem to work fine. Check the simple things first. If this doesnt work get on line and call the manufacturer (of the grill) - they are pretty good sep if its less than a year or 3 old - they can tell by the serial number.

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It's probably the regualtor lockout as Garett mentioned.

I've seen this problem on several grills. The tank must always be opened before the valves on the grill. Shut down in the reverse order.

Resetting the valve is usually simple. Shut everything off, wait a few seconds, open the tank, then the grill valves and light.
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I'm going to take a look at it again tonight. I'll blow some air into it and try rapping the regulator. I did see somewhere online in my searches about the proper way to shutdown as Garett said. Is this the dumbing down that wev'e all been talking about or what...how to shut off a grill ? I'll report back, thanks for all the input.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
Grill has 5 burners. A few months ago I was able to light 4 and when lighting the 5th all of the burners would flame out. Now I'm down to being able to light 2 burners then if I try to light the 3rd, same thing happens, they all go out. I'm thinking fuel delivery and the most likely culprit being the regulator although I've never had them go bad personally. Any thoughts? All of the venturi tubes are clean and free of spider webs and grill is only 2 years old.
Had the same thing happen to me and had to get a new regulator.
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How you making out Jeff? Has anything come to lite?
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
How you making out Jeff? Has anything come to lite?
I haven't even had the time to check things out in the last couple of days. I'll have some time this weekend...I'm in in new baby overload!!
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
I haven't even had the time to check things out in the last couple of days. I'll have some time this weekend...I'm in in new baby overload!!
Yikes, that can be a real shitty job. Best to you all!
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I rapped the the regulator and that didn't help, also did the "proper" shutdown procedure and of course that didn't do shit. I'll make a trip to one of the big boxes and get a new reg and see what happens.
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Replaced regulator...problem solved.
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You leak checked it also, with soapy water solution, correct?

Just asking, watch for those leaks, especially on grills
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