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Old 06-07-2022, 07:32 PM   #21
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Actually, altitude can be a problem but it doesn't sound like any of the other appliances are having problems. What altitude are you camping at?

It could be a regulator problem. If the flow isn't consistent, the flame could go out. Probably the stove would be the best way to judge if the flame is consistent.

Other than that, I don't know enough about propane water heaters to guide you to a solution.
I'm at 9,000'.

The flame in the inside and outside stoves is consistent. I don't think the regulator at the propane tanks is the problem. I was thinking of the one on the water heater which may be thermostat that I described in error.
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Old 06-07-2022, 07:36 PM   #22
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I'm at 9,000'.
The flame in the inside and outside stoves is consistent. I don't think the regulator at the propane tanks is the problem. I was thinking of the one on the water heater which may be thermostat that I described in error.
You are at a bit of an altitude aren't you?
It could be that the flame needs to be adjusted on that water heater. You might want to get the make and model off the heater itself, then go to the manufacturer's website and download the manual to see if there's an adjustment you can make.
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Old 06-07-2022, 07:41 PM   #23
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You are at a bit of an altitude aren't you? ...
That blue matches the color of our faces when hiking up a grade.
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Old 06-08-2022, 01:33 PM   #24
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I found a YouTube video where a sliding gate allowed adjustment of the air intake. Unfortunately, my Suburban doesn't have such an adjustment.

I'll try to fashion one by folding some aluminum tape back on itself to create a thin strip of aluminum. I'll wrap that around the air intake to close it off very slightly, sliding it on and off to see if that improves how it burns.

If that works I'll use more aluminum tape to secure it in position until it's no longer needed; if it doesn't, it's trash.
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Old 06-08-2022, 09:22 PM   #25
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I fashioned an adjustable cover for the venturi by folding over a sheet of aluminum foil multiple times to form a strip, then wrapped that around the venturi intake. I can adjust it by sliding it back and forth to cover more or less of the opening. In this position, the flame is more consistently blue.

I won't leave this on overnight because we don't need hot water. I'll turn it on again tomorrow when the wind picks up to see if it addresses the problems. Click image for larger version

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