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High flame on Mabe Gas Stove

I have a Mabe Model EM1754BB which I bought in Honduras.  Two problems.  All stoves here come with one rack and I want to order two more.  No one has them in Honduras and I cannot find a source to order to have sent to me from either Mexico or the States (I have to do business by e-mail). Second, the burner flame is too high.  Even at the lowest temperature it does not simmer and I want to know if there is anyway to adjust the burner flame.  The flame does not start to lower until almost 3/4ths away around the dial and by the time it reaches simmer, it is still too high!  We have no service men here (I live on an island off the coast) and no one is up to speed on the mainland to handle this.

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  • hotmamajones Feb 10, 2009

    No, we use butane in Honduras.

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick May 11, 2010

    Are you on propane?

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The gas supply pressure could be too high and it could be worth checking or if your supply isn't regulated, try fitting a regulator. Maybe the regulator is faulty if you have one.

From memory I think most domestic gas appliances need a supply pressure of 11 inches on a water manometer. Butane pressures can become quite high in warm weather (and drop to zero at freezing point).

Perhaps your new cooker is jetted for natural gas (methane). As that fuel gas has a lower calorific value than butane the jets would probably be bigger.

As a temporary measure you could try using a hotplate for simmering. I have a gadget that is two sheets of perforated steel with an air gap of about half an inch between them. It is nicely made with a useful handle and a loop for hanging and when placed over a low gas flame it allows me to place the glass coffee pot on it with no chance of damage.
Someone local could surely make you such a gadget if you don't find an everyday item that could be used. A car brake drum would lift your simmering pan a few inches and tend to diffuse the heat...

In the laboratory at school there was an asbestos pad to fit over the bunsen burner so flasks could be heated more gently.

I suggest you take a walk and look around with different eyes to see what you can find...

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