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Our Church kitchen has a 10 burner Vulcan (Shorkel) 48-inch x 30-inch stove and the pilot light on one of the ovens continually goes out, We keep having repairmen put in new thermocouples, but the problem persists. The various repairmen we have employed keep saying that "some breeze must be blowing it out", but in fact there is no breeze ! Please advise and Thank You ! Jim Casey jpmcasey@cox.net

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I don't know a whole lot about these, but I know that a pilot light heats a thermocouple, which controls the gas flow valve. The repairmen should have suspected and checked it or changed it out, but the thermocouple is easier, of course. Each oven is equpped also with a gas shut-off valve, and that may be faulty.
Make sure your pilot flame is adjusted properly. Here is the proper adjustment: Homerepair.about.com explains:
A natural gas flame should be a bright blue with the tip of the flame having just a tinge of yellow. A propane flame should have a bluish green flame with a tinge of yellow at the tip. The flame should be strong enough to hit the thermocouple tip about 1/2 inch from the tip end. If the flame is weak or shaky looking, check to see that a breeze or draft is not blowing on it.

The following site will explain how everything works in detail:
http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-repair-an-oven6.htm
This should help, just take it step by step.
Good luck, thanks for using FixYa, and hope this works for the benefit of your congregation!

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