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Old 04-13-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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magic chef cook top pilot light not working

I have a magic chief cook top , all the elements work but the pilot will not light. I used a small drill to clean out the orifice and still can not get the pilot to flame. Anyone have a suggestion?

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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many of them have a small screwqdriver operated shut off valve in the line to the pilot.
We have always preffered to leave the pilot off and light the stove manually because of odor problems when near the bottom of a gas bottle or when the trailer is closed for long periods

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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On my old Magic chef there was a screw to adjust the flame of the pilot. The screw is located in the bottom left corner of the picture.
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I had the screw turned all the way in to prevent gas from going to the pilot. The PO did not like the idea of an open flame in the trailer all the time and neither do I.
I have replaced the unit and the new one has an ignition switch which is a bit more convenient then the long lighter that we used before.


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Old 04-13-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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Don't mess with the screw!

Be careful messing around with that screw. We have a teensy annoying leak which developed between that little adjustment screw and the brass nut. (Lower left corner of photo above, coming off manifold)
Took it to the Airstream dealer, and they said we need a new $625 stovetop. Nah, not interested.

We never used the pilot light anyway and I've stopped the leak with various things like, one night in an emergency when we needed to use heat but I was worried about the bitsy leak, candle laugh but it worked and we stayed warm and gas fume free. (although I was checking it with soapy water every 30 minutes or so!) Plumbers Goop has worked for a while, and next to try is JV Weld. Meantime, I've quite enjoyed telling hubby to turn off the gas, can't cook, got the little leak again. LOL
"Oh darn, honey, guess you'll just have to fire up the outdoor grill or we'll go out to eat."
Sometimes, about suppertime, I get out the Dawn and my little paintbrush and look like hell for that itsy leak..... If I shake it around a bit, doggone it, the little leak blows a teensy bubble again. And it's off to Crackerbarrel or somewhere.....
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:13 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone after reading your posts I decided to leave the pilot light in the off position which is where it is now. Looking at the screw which is corroded, I decided a lighter was the better approach. Again thanks for the reply's.
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