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I have a 5 burner grill that will only burn 2-3 burners. As soon as I turn on the 4th burner. They all go out. Is this a regulator problem?

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You should not smell propane at any time when the tank is closed or the flame is lit. Make sure that the connection is tight between the grill gas line and the tank. You might want to take it off and reattach it to make sure there is no cross threading that is preventing a good seal.

The new tanks have a safety valve that can interrupt the flow if the knob is turned to on before the tank is opened. When that happens, the flame is low and sputtering. It will often go out if all of the jets are turned on at once.

You can actually hear the difference when you first turn the knob. If the valve is opened fully, you should hear a healthy hiss from the gas. You should use the ignition quickly after turning the knob and pay attention to whether one jet is assigned as the one to light.

It can be a regulator on the gas line as well, but this is actually less common. If you have not had this problem before hooking up this particular tank, try a new one. Those trade in tanks are often culprits because all tanks should have been updated to new standards a few years back. The trade ins are often older than they should be. There's a date on the top that will give you an idea.

Other than that, make sure that there is not a lot of debris, no loose connections, and the jets are clean. Thanks for using fixya.

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