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I recently moved into a house with an old South Bend stove: the 6-burner, 2-oven, open broiler, and griddle model. I don't seem able to light the pilot lights, but can light the burners with a match with no problem. However, the oven is a different matter. When I hold a match to the center hole in the oven floor, as seems logical, a flame just under the hole lights up but doesn't spread until there is a build-up of gas, at which point there is a small, but scary, explosion. This can't be right. it nearly blows the door off. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to call a repairman? Do you recommend anyone in my area who can service vintage SB ranges?

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SOURCE: the southbend 436d range gives a yellow flame at the burners

This model Southbend range is "built to order" for the gas type.

Orifice alignment is critical on this model especially on propane, so make sure that the orifices are pointing directly down the burner venturi tube.

Also, the air shutters for the open top burners will probably have to be wide open.

If you are in an area with an elevation higher than 2000 feet above sea level, you will have to run a smaller orifice.

Those are nice ranges. Good luck!

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