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Old 08-22-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Galloway, NJ
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I just got a new Grill two months ago, I had an old propane tank I had refilled, I used the grill maybe a dozen times to cook four hamburgers each time. Now when I try to start it, the flame is barely lit and it blows out, can it be out of gas so soon? The tank don't feel empty to me. Could something be clogging the fuel line? I never cleaned it, except to scrap off the grill surface with a wire brush when it's hot before cooking. How long would you expect a full tank of propane to last on a grill?
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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You probably have a leak somewhere and have lost your gas.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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Or the venturi tubes could be obstructed - spider webs and such.
You can get a special brush to clean them out.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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I just got a new Grill two months ago, I had an old propane tank I had refilled, I used the grill maybe a dozen times to cook four hamburgers each time. Now when I try to start it, the flame is barely lit and it blows out, can it be out of gas so soon? The tank don't feel empty to me. Could something be clogging the fuel line? I never cleaned it, except to scrap off the grill surface with a wire brush when it's hot before cooking. How long would you expect a full tank of propane to last on a grill?
I believe the rule of thumb is about 20 hours on high/ medium high.

4 hamburgers, takes, what 10 minutes, plus another 5-10 to warm up? Assuming 20 minutes in total, 12 times is about 4 hours.

Check your hoses for a leak and make sure your hose is correctly hooked up the the regulator. Also, you can do the hot water test to see how much propane is left.
How to Check the Level of a Propane Tank | eHow.com
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I recently had what I thought was an empty tank (it would only get the grill up to 200 degrees). I let it run and 2 hours later, it was still burning. Turned out there must have been a blockage somewhere. I closed the valve on the tank, detached the hose and then re-attached it. The grill worked like normal again (able to get one more grilling out of it as it was near empty). I'm guessing there was an ice blockage in the tank or hose connection.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I usually twist the handle on the gas tank to off when through with the grill. Even a tiny leak over time will drain a tank. That said, Pitt Chick is likely correct about the venturis. Other issues would be clogged orifices (a strand of wire poked in may help, it isn't a high-tech engine you can damage) or a malfunctioning valve.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Same here harry chickpea, I turn the barbe off at the tank when I'm finished.....sometimes TechGromit, when I haven't used it for a long time, I have to light it a couple of times, I suspect some little spider or what not has set up a home....when I'm cooking regular on the barbe (summer months) a 20lb bottle will last me a good 3 weeks, and that's cooking potatoes and steaks, whatever....full meals every night of the week.
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