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Rotisserie won't stay lit

My Jenn-Air (model #720-0336) grill is brand new and I just tried to use the rotisserie burner and it keeps going out after it gets hot. It does not re-lite by itself...right??? I am so frustrated as people are waiting for my first chicken cooked this way. HELP!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous May 26, 2008

    Mine stays lit for 5 mins, then goes out. Relight it and it does the same thing all over. It's also a Jenn-Air (NexGrill)

  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    When I first light the rotisserie burner it starts fine and heats up initially without an issue. When I return to check the grille the burner will be out. You can relight the burner but it quickly goes out once you release the knob and the igniter. I have adjusted the thermo-couple but it does not seam to help. Once the deal, has anyone fixed this before?

  • kjeakman May 29, 2008

    Mine has the same problem. it works for a few minutes and then goes out. Then it won't stay lit at all.

  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    my new kenmore grill is doing the same thing



  • drgreg411 Dec 21, 2008

    Rotisserie will not stay lit

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I bought 4 electric grills by Ducane the model is "take it or leave it" after continuous use of the grills of about 6 months the electrical connection and the heating elements were burned and i cant find the parts i need for this model of Ducane , I can't call the company it self to ask for assistance because they have subcontracted all parts and services to other companies and these companies that I have called they don't carry any parts for the electric grills only gas . If any one can help me i would appreciate it a lot as I depend on these grills for my part time work.
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Posted on Sep 19, 2008

With our Kenmore, you need to increase the gas flow another 1/4 turn once it's lit.

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