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Old 08-28-2017, 11:57 PM   #1
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Do you leave the oven pilot light lit when traveling?

We have been leaving the oven pilot light lit all the time when travellung. Mostly because we don't even think about it. Are there any issues with doing this?

The reason I ask is the other night my son smelled gas or rather the smell of burning propane. This led me to find the oven was hot inside. Looked at the pilot and burner and there was a partial flame on the burner. It was like 1/4 of the burner closest to the pilot had a flame. I touched the oven knob and it went away and only the pilot was burning. Very weird... I am not sure what caused this but was thinking maybe all the bumping down the road moved the oven knob enough to slightly open the valve. Not really sure though what happened.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:27 AM   #2
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I never even leave the pilot lit when stationary never mind moving. Leaving it lit is a waste of propane to me either way.
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I never even leave the pilot lit when stationary never mind moving.
Same but different reason- we use the over for storing cookie sheets and paper plates. If it was warm at all, we couldn't store the latter in there!

It's annoying to lite the pilot, but we use it so rarely that I don't mind the occasion that I have to.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:51 AM   #4
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It's annoying to lite the pilot, but we use it so rarely that I don't mind the occasion that I have to.
Same here. Plus my wife hates lighting it. So anytime she needs the oven lit I am called. It makes me feel needed and important, and I don't want that to ever go away.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:56 AM   #5
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I never even leave the pilot lit when stationary never mind moving. Leaving it lit is a waste of propane to me either way.
[QUOTE=ependydad;1608154]Same but different reason- we use the over for storing cookie sheets and paper plates. If it was warm at all, we couldn't store the latter in there!

X2 not to mention the CO buildup.
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Once I learned how to light it, it isn't that hard and it scares me to think I might forget that it's on and something bad happen
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How often do you use your oven? This is my 7th year with a TT with an oven in it and we have never used the oven for anything but storage. If I did have the pilot lit I would turn it off before I towed the TT anywhere just like I did with the water heater in my old trailer.
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:55 AM   #8
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I dont because in the summer its hot and it adds heat to an already hard to cool place.
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Same but different reason- we use the over for storing cookie sheets and paper plates. If it was warm at all, we couldn't store the latter in there!

It's annoying to lite the pilot, but we use it so rarely that I don't mind the occasion that I have to.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:20 AM   #10
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Pilot off till I need the oven.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:32 AM   #11
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Ditto the rest here- we do NOT leave the pilot on but we do use the oven
every so often.

We discovered that an "air bake" cookie sheet under the biscuit pan keeps
them from burning the bottoms.
We are rather fond of those little bake and ice sweet roles that come in
a tube!
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No. I don't even leave it on at the campground. I only light it when I'm going to use the oven....which is rarely.

Unlike a fridge that will attempt to re-light a blown out flame the pilot will NOT. It will keep dumping propane into the trailer until the control is shut off.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:41 AM   #13
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No. I don't even leave it on at the campground. I only light it when I'm going to use the oven....which is rarely.

Unlike a fridge that will attempt to re-light a blown out flame the pilot will NOT. It will keep dumping propane into the trailer until the control is shut off.
If the pilot light goes out the thermocouple will cool off and shut all propane off to the oven.
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Pilot off till I need the oven.

Same with us!!!!!!
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I stand corrected.....wasn't aware of that.
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No. I don't even leave it on at the campground. I only light it when I'm going to use the oven....which is rarely.

Unlike a fridge that will attempt to re-light a blown out flame the pilot will NOT. It will keep dumping propane into the trailer until the control is shut off.
I donno if that's exactly true. Since you have to hold in on the burner
knob to light the pilot I'm guessing the pilot will shut off if the thermocouple
cools after the pilot goes out for some reason.

(edit) you guys are fast on the trigger this morning!
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Off, light only to use. Used for storage when not in use.
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We are rather fond of those little bake and ice sweet roles that come in
a tube!
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We do not use the oven much in the warm summer months but spring and fall it gets a workout. Sweet rolls in the tube, slice & bake cookies, and Walmart Garlic Knots are camping staples for us!

Oh and the pilot only stays on in cold weather. I figure any little heat helps.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:38 AM   #19
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We only light the pilot when needed. Which is frequently. We use our oven to actually cook stuff in, and when travelling, use it for storage.
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Thanks all, makes sense to only light it when we need it. Won't have to worry about a mysterious flame also... In the last month or so it hasn't been used much but normally it is used 2-3 times a week and yes, those sweet roles are good.
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