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Old 08-22-2003, 07:55 PM   #1
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Question Magic Chef Oven pilot


We are working on the appliances in our '65 Safari.

The instructions for our Magic Chef tell us to turn the control knob to 300 and then light the pilot. It does not say what to do after that?

When the oven comes up the the set temperature on the control knob and turns the burner off, the pilot goes off with it. In addition, if the oven has reached the set temperature, whatever thaqt may be and the burner goes off, the oven cannot re-ignite to maintain temperature because the pilot always goes off too.

If we leave the control knob in the off position and are only using the range top, do we even need to light the pilot inside the oven?

Now, to the heater. If you light the pilot light in the heater, and turn the thermostat to ON, the incoming gas blows the pilot light out.

We hope you will have some suggestions for us and thanks very much!

Julia and John

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Old 08-22-2003, 08:06 PM   #2
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If your Oven is like the one that was in the 65 Safari I had (red knobfor the temp control) then the pilot neeeds to be lit if the gas is on. You may want to do some research though, it sounds like a PO may have decided they could do without the oven and has run the pilot gas screw in to cut it off. I do not know for sure whee the pilot set screw is but I would bet it is on the thremostat. It may be under the knob.

As to the trouble with the gas pressure blowing out the pilot light on the water heater I would first check the gas pressure in your system. A decent RV shop should be able to do it for a few $$.

The system should be at 11 to 12 WC inches of pressure. If it is too high then you have issues like saftey gas valves not staying open and pilots blowing out. It can be adjusted on the regulator that sits between your LP tanks. I would do this first as it may solve other problems.

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Old 08-22-2003, 08:17 PM   #3
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Well, we adjusted the pilot "adjusting screw" that is behind the red knob you mention.

About the pressure, that sounds like a good idea to check but we don't have the tools. We are having a terrible time finding someone to come out at the moment.

It's the heater/furnace, not the water heater where the pilot gets blown out. The refridgerator is fine and we are waiting to see if the thing cools now. Also the water heater works OK.

Thanks a lot!

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