Repairing 3 burner stove?

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:22
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Hi,

We have a 3 burner Primus that was given to us that is a little over 20 years old and never really used.
Used it at camp and there is some kind of leak just after where you turn knob - flame goes out there instead from ring. I don't know if it is something I can repair myself?
A mate said I need to take it somewhere to get it tested? Not sure if that is what fellow campers do with their gas stove when they have a leak just before ring?

Any advice would help a lot. I guess some of you might say, throw it away and buy a new 3 burner since its over 20 years old (but hardly used).
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Reply By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:27

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:27
Hi, take the stove into a camping store, sounds like all you need to replace is one of the jets and/or o'rings. If it has hardly been used, may be worth the $5 to replace these parts.
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Follow Up By:- Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:35

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:35
Fanastic, didn't think of asking camping store to look at it.

It is the copper pipes where the flame is coming out but many thanks for your suggestion - I might just do that.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:29

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:29
Never never never never mess with LP gas appliances yourself. You're asking for a set of skin grafts or much worse.

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Follow Up By:- Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:36

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:36
Thanks for the warning.
I will do nothing with it and get someone who knows what they are doing.
Thanks agian!
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Reply By: snoopy2 - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 16:25

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 16:25
A new gas stove does not cost much so maybe that is a better and safer option.
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Reply By: Jude&theboys - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 18:14

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 18:14
I discovered when I looked in the shed about 18months ago that our old two burner stove was not there but still had the stand...just bought a new stove for a whole $35 at Rays....they are almost disposable at that price aren't they?
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:20

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 20:20
I had a stove that had a number of problems years ago. Every time we used it a different burner failed either to light or stay alight. I chased the problem for a couple of years and thought I had fixed it. One day I had flame from under the burner. I took the stove apart to investigate and when I lit it found that the flame was coming from a broken solder joint.

I bought a new, low pressure stove. I should have done it years earlier. The low pressure is way more reliable, uses less gas and stays alight better in the wind.

I also carry one of those cartridge gas stoves, $15 on special and one of the best buys I have. Simple, convenient, effective and reliable.

By the time you get the old Primus tested and repaired it would be cheaper and probably more effective to get a new one....or two.

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Follow Up By: Member - Donks1 (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:23

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:23
I think NNF's problem may be the same as mine... All PRIMUS gear, with "back to front" thread. & triple the price of others Eg colman. Just priced a few stoves online & they seem to range from $80.00 to about $150.00.
Coleman 9 which won't fit ) from arond $30.00

I too have a cartridge burner. Great buy and simple.

Steve
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