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Propane smell inside oven

joebedford
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Nomad II
There's a thread which is very useful not not quite applicable to my case: "Propane smell inside trailer...how to best diagnose?"

There is a slight propane smell inside the oven when the pilot is lit but none anywhere when the pilot is off.

What should I look for?
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2oldman
Explorer II
Explorer II
fj12ryder wrote:
We turn the pilot light on when we use the stove. It has a piezo-electric igniter so not a big deal.
A piezo lights the pilot that then lights the stove?
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S_Davis
Explorer
Explorer
Get some soap bubbles and check your pilot tube, the nut at the pilot and at the gas valve. I have found lots of small leaks on pilot tubes over the years.

Vintage465
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Nomad
I had the same thing going on and it was a real small fuzz leak where the tube tightened into the pilot assembly. Tightened, smell gone.
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Roger10378
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Explorer II
Bobbo wrote:
When we leave our oven pilot light lit for a few days, my wife can smell it. What she smells is not propane though, it is propane combustion byproducts. Get a propane detector and put it in there. They are very sensitive. If there is propane, it will tell you. Otherwise, it is probably combustion byproducts you smell.


My thought as well.
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Bobbo
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When we leave our oven pilot light lit for a few days, my wife can smell it. What she smells is not propane though, it is propane combustion byproducts. Get a propane detector and put it in there. They are very sensitive. If there is propane, it will tell you. Otherwise, it is probably combustion byproducts you smell.
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enblethen
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That should be BAKING!
auto correct sucks!

Bud
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joebedford
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enblethen wrote:
Why are you leaving oven pilot on when not backing or broiling?
I don't know what backing is but we leave it on because to light it, one of us has to get down on the floor and reach backwards with a lighter while holding the pilot knob pressed in.

enblethen
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I turn off the pilot to the oven to save fuel and make my feeble safety mind a little happier. This while we are traveling not when setup.

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ernie1
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Is your propane level low? If so, then the mercaptans in the propane will start to smell because it is more concentrated in the bottom of the tank. That's why both the pilot light and the burner produces an odor. Just refilling the propane tank will take care of the problem.

fj12ryder
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Explorer III
Not a problem, just a waste of propane. Not a big waste, but... We turn the pilot light on when we use the stove. It has a piezo-electric igniter so not a big deal.
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2oldman
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Explorer II
enblethen wrote:
Why are you leaving oven pilot on when not backing or broiling?
I do that. Is that a problem?
"If I'm wearing long pants, I'm too far north" - 2oldman

enblethen
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Nomad
Look at the end of the pilot tube. Many have a small "deflector" it could have been hit so the pilot is not burning all the propane.
Why are you leaving oven pilot on when not backing or broiling?

Bud
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2oldman
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Explorer II
If no one else has a good answer, this might be a question for youtube.
"If I'm wearing long pants, I'm too far north" - 2oldman

joebedford
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Nomad II
It smells with just the pilot going (though I think it also smells when the pilot is on and burner tube is lit).