Ah yes, propane. We of the RV and general outdoor lifestyle love it and hate it, but we can’t deny its functionality in our everyday living. When you have an appliance like a stove that runs on propane, there are advantages and disadvantages, so we thought a general operating guide might be in order.
Direct Spark Ignition
Direct Spark ignition propane stoves have an automatic ignition for starting the pilot light, but others need to be manually lit with a match. In either case, make sure you have a clean oven, free of food, dirt, or dust that might clog up the workings. Use a clean, dry cloth or mild soap and water to clean and wipe the connections and surfaces down, just as you would at home. Get some ventilation before cooking by turning on your range fan or cracking a window.
Turn on the propane running to the stove.
Find and push the control button on the stove (it should be near the burner controls). Turn the button until it starts clicking and you should see a blue flame appear.
Once ignited, turn the button until it stops clicking to stop the gas going to the burner. Adjust the burner knob for desired flame or heat.
Turn the propane gas on that runs to the oven.
Lift the stove top and look for the pilot light.
Push the pilot light control in while holding a lit match over the pilot light hole. Make sure you are keeping the control pushed in at the same time. After the pilot light is lit, keep the control button held for at least 30 seconds to make sure that the pilot light stays on.
Propane is great and very efficient for cooking, just make sure you are staying safe when using the stove. Be aware that propane can leak, and keep that in the back of your mind because carbon monoxide poisoning is no joke. Get everyone out if someone starts feeling dizzy, unusually sleepy, or gets a sudden headache.
Use your head, and you’ll be just fine when whipping up your famous dinner dish. Any tips to share with our audience? Feel free to post them below!