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This is a typical symptom of a failing LP regulator. Replace the regulator and hose that attaches to the LP tank. When a regulator is failing, it allows enough gas through for the burners to light, but not enough to keep all the burners going at the same level.
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You problem could be or probably is with the regulator...not enough gas
Next time you use the grill turn the gas on slowly. For some unknown reason when turned on quickly the regulator reduces the gas flow.
Another problem with some gas fittings is an auto shutoff if detects the slightest leak. Sometimes the shutoff is not 100% and allows a small amount of gas causing the weak flame.
Hi Lyon, Yeah, it's the regulator. Fortunately, they're cheap and easy to replace!
You can look on line for part number 80012. Or you can remove yours and take it to Home Depot or Lowe's in the outdoor cooking area and match up a replacement. <--- they're all the same... just make sure the compression fitting (the brass end) is the same size.
The only other thing I could recommend is this... Turn the LP bottle completely off. Then completely remove the big plastic knurled knob from the tank. Now replace the knob back onto the tank (all the way and make sure it's tight). Then S L O W L Y turn the gas back on. Now try your pit. If you get the same flame, it's the regulator. If you get full flame, you just reset the safety device inside the tank.
I'm betting regulator. Good luck and happy cookin'!
Low flame, low temperature, yellow flame: This has become the biggest problem with many grills these days and it's almost always because of the regulator (the funny UFO shaped thing on the gas hose). Regulators seem to be stickier these days and when they stick you don't get enough gas to generate a good grilling temperature. To get your regulator unstuck you need to release the pressure on it. Follow these steps exactly:
Turn off the gas at the propane tank
Disconnect the gas line from the tank
Open the grill lid
Turn all control valves to high
Wait for about a minute
Turn all control valves to off
Reconnect the gas line to the tank
SLOWLY turn on the gas at the tank
Light the grill normally
Your grill should now heat normally
To keep the regulator from sticking again make sure that you turn off the control valves first, then turn off the tank valve. Always open your tank valve slowly.
If this doesn't work give it a second try. If you still have low flame then you probably have a faulty regulator that will need to be replaced.
Agree with rjmbridge. I called the Weber support people and was told that there is a built in safety feature on the regulator that will cause the flame to burn at a low setting if the gas within the extension tube to the large tank and regulator is not allowed enough time to equalize. They suggested turning on the gas from the tank very slowly, allow about 2 minutes with the temperature control knob turned off, then turn the temp knob on and light. This worked for me.