MemberMay 10, 2019 at 12:00 am
I purchased a used XX-4, and have lit the pilots — but the pilot flames are yellow rather than blue. I contacted the seller (a local used restaurant equipment company), and he replied “It’s normal for the pilots on the grill to be yellow so please use it as is .”
Can anyone confirm if it is “normal” for the pilot lights in this case to be yellow? That doesn’t make sense to me.
MemberMay 10, 2019 at 10:59 am
It doesn’t make sense because what the equipment company told you does not check out compared to the manual:
On page 7: “The burner flame should be as blue as possible. However, there will be traces of orange and/or yellow from particles in the air burning in the flame. Slight yellow tips at the flame ends are acceptable.”
fixbear - ADK NYMemberMay 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm
If the pilots’ are yellow, then they need to be cleaned. Unless your on a different gas than it was previously set up for. What do the main burners look like when lit? It’s not uncommon for foreign particles in the gas lines to be disturbed during a move. Once loose they may burn yellow or partially clog a orifice causing a improper mixture. The vendor of a used piece of equipment does not want to add a service call to it as he loses money. We don’t know what king of agreement you have with them. But no, it should be a clean blue flame.
If it continues to burn yellow, you’ll wind up with a heavy carbon deposit above and around it. Sometimes effecting the main burner lighting.
ectofix - NashvilleMemberMay 11, 2019 at 7:41 am
Have you tried adjusting the pilot flames? Here’s the valve that does that:
Turn the relevant adjuster screw CLOCKWISE using a 3/16″ nut-driver or flat screwdriver to reduce pilot flame height and COUNTER-CLOCKWISE to increase pilot flame height.
CAUTION: When turned CCW, there is nothing to stop the adjuster screw from falling out if you turn it too far. If that happens, then you’ll have gas leaking from the threaded hole.
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