Barely boiling water/ low flame

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    mcgillclan4 Member

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    My interior stove seems to have a low flame. I can barely get it hot enough to cook pancakes on and it takes forever. My hash browns barely get brown and again it takes forever. Boiling anything takes forever. I also have an outdoor grill that seems to work just fine and gets hot enough for grilling. I’m used to cooking on my Colman camp stove with the green 1 lb canisters that heats up and boils very quickly. I don’t know anything about propane or regulators or lines except that there are differences between low and high pressure. Even if the interior stove is low pressure surely I should be able to turn the flame up more than it can now right? What should I do to troubleshoot? What are common scenarios and fixes? Thanks so much!

    I should also say that our fridge seems to work fine on propane. And the furnace works fine too.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I would remove the burners and check the tube for blockage first. Also a kinked line of closed shut off to the stove first.
     
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    Depends how much water your boiling etc. I do think mine takes forever when comparing it to my home stove also.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    When I first started scouting ....... years ......years ......years ago I ask about the trouble I had blowing water. The old scoutmasters best suggestion was to put a lid on the pot.......... That worked and the water was cleaner when using a campfire. LOL
    You low pressure stove runs on about .5 psi so even a small blockage can cause problems. Insects love the smell of propane and may wanted to move in.
     
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    I had a similar issue with my table top gas grill a couple weeks ago. It was windy and wouldn't even stay lit. After checking in with my old buddy Google I learned that the regulators have an integrated bypass as a safety feature that will restrict the flow of propane. The fix was simple: Disconnect the propane tank and open all the burners on the stove. Wait a couple minutes, turn all the burners off then reconnect the propane and open the valve slooooooowly. I thought it sounded stupid, but I tried it this weekend and worked like a champ.

    https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/10658-troubleshooting-a-weak-flame-on-a-gas-grill
     
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    Check to make sure you are not kinking your supply hose when flipping your galley over. I did that once.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    The problem with the low pressure stoves is that they just don't get hot enough for proper cooking in my opinion! It does take longer to boil water, even with a lid on. We have a 2 burner factory stove in the pup that took like forever to boil water and make a pot of coffee. That's why after the first season of camping with the pup we ditched the inside stove and went with our Coleman 2 burner stove. Yes, I know the OP is trying to resolve an issue. But don't hope something will cure the original fact the these stoves stink!
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    IIRC Coleman used a Vitco stove which I agree was not the best. I could not find much info on them. Coleman most likely used the cheapest one to use. Give it a good cleaning, see is the air tubes are adjustable or just give up and use something else. Next time your camping ask other campers what works well for them. I have a friend that could cook a 5 coarse meal with a old electric fry pan .....his fish is to die for ... Blackstone grilles seem to all the range but are they really that great. I don't know.
    Many of us (I hope) have different experiences. Our 2 burner Suburban stove works and cooks better than our electric stove at home. Best builtin camper stove we have ever had. Why do we use/cook in the camper. My wife does like the smoke of a wood fire. I don't like the cleaning of a grill. Just the 2 of us and we don't cook fancy. Just saying.
     
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