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Lighting the pilot light on oven


I have always had an electric stove/oven and lighting this pilot light on my oven is freaking me out.  I hate it.  My husband can do it cause he is left handed and it is easier for him to reach.  At least that is my excuse!

Anyway I can't always wait for him to be here to light the darn thing so my question is how long can the pilot light stay lit?  If he lights in the morning for me can it stay lit all day or even a couple of days.

Like I said I am new to the whole propane stove.  I do hower love the stove burners .  They light so easily with the switch and I love the flexibility of temp control

Thanks in advance for any tips on that darn oven pliot light.  The holidays are coming and I need to figure this out!



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After lighting out oven, it stays lit until we move again. We always turn to off to move. Your mileage may vary.

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Does that waste alot of propane leaving it on?  We are parked in an rv park right now fulltime.  



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I have no idea why this happens. Do you turn your propane off when traveling? That would put it out for sure.

If it happens while you are in place then I would guess some kind of maintenance is needed... If the pilot light is out and the gas is flowing I would think that's  a risk.

It may be a safety issue thing. A pilot light requires a constant flow of gas which could be a fire hazard, or even explosion risk, if it's not lit, whereas the burners don't get any gas until you turn them on.

Do you have any manuals for the stove/oven that might shed some light on this?

I agree with you though about temperature control... had to replace my gas range a few years ago and couldn't find a drop-in gas range that I could afford, so I went electric - and I hate it.





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It stays on once lit.  I just want to make sure I can leave it on even when I am not using the oven. I don't want to have to light it everytime I am ready to use the oven.  I will definitely turn it OFF when traveling.



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It doesn't use a lot of propane to leave the pilot light lit. Once we light ours it stays lit until we are on the move again. Look for a long flexible lighter sold at RV supplies or BBQ supply stores. The one we have is 18 inches long so it makes lighting the oven a lot easier.

Here's the best solution- Get an electric convection oven. Since we put a counter top model in the RV, we no longer use the gas oven.

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Hey guess what I just lit it by myself!  Just took a batch of cookies out of the oven.  Now I am trying to figure out what else to bake!  We are taking the 5er away for the weekend so I have to turn it off Sat.  Rats!

Thanks for the tips



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I too never used anything but electric so am definitely "propane challenged"! I didn't have a clue that the pilot light could be left on once it was lit so I turned it to off each time I was finished cooking a meal. But if you can believe this, I kept asking DH to come light the oven each time I wanted to use the stove, because I didn't understand that the electronic ignition swich worked independently. He would do that thinking that I was going to use the oven. I actually thought you had to light the pilot light before you could even use the top burners. I can hear you laughing...you can't fix stupid, "here's your sign"!
He finally figured out what I was doing and enlightened me. He hasn't even teased me about it; what a great DH!
Hmmm. Should I have admitted this? Oh well, if you all had a good laugh, guess it's ok. Pat K.






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Oh good.  I feel better now!!!  Just kidding.



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The oven pilot light :) Lighting that thing was my one fear of living in an RV. I got over it LOL!!!!! Cause I get home from work sometimes as early as 4 hours before Adam does, and waiting on him to get home so that I can get STARTED cooking supper was just, not a thing I wanted to do, I'm a "I want it now" kinda girl HAHA. And I'm going to do it myself if need be!!  I always shut the pilot light off after I'm done cooking.  I can't imagine keeping it on, beyond the time needed to use the oven. 



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When I light my pilot light I turn the Pilot Light Knob to the Pilot On Position and hold it for about five seconds and while holding it on reach into the oven with the lighter and ignite the pilot light. Holding it on for about the five seconds lets the gas start flowing and makes the lighting easier. Once lit, I need to hold the knob on for about another five seconds or when you release the knob the flame will go out.
I have found that putting one of the insulated cookie sheets on the lowest rack closest to the burner helps distribute the heat better and prevent hot spots on my baked food, and the cookie sheet is unbreakable.

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