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Old 09/30/07, 07:09 AM
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Propane cooker leaving soot on pot bottom

We have one of those propane fish cookers that I like to use outside for canning. However, it leaves a thick coating of black soot all over the bottom of my canner when I use it. Does anyone know what causes this and if the cooker can be adjusted to correct the problem?

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Old 09/30/07, 07:47 AM
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There may be an adjustment where the gas tube enters the burner. The flame should be all blue , no yellow. It should look similar to the one in this picture:

You can also try coating the bottom of the pot with soap before using, and that will keep any soot from sticking

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Old 09/30/07, 01:39 PM
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Yep, sound like you should have an air adjustment on there that will control how much air is mixed with the gas. Gas burning properly will burn cleanly.

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Old 09/30/07, 03:11 PM
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probably a spider web blockiing the air intake for the gas mixture.......clean that out first before making any other adjustments....

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Old 09/30/07, 03:19 PM
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All the above are good answers, also on mine once a small wasp nest was inside blocking the gas air mixture, burned red and smoked pot till I found it. It wasn't the nest burning, it was just preventing the proper air to gas mixture causing smoke and red flame. Eddie

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Old 10/01/07, 07:34 AM
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Thanks, eveyone, for your help. I found the air intake and I think that is the problem. Now I'm looking for a pipe cleaner to get in there and clean it out .

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Old 10/02/07, 11:21 PM
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i have one that did the same thing and the lil holes where the flames come out was rusted up and was almost blocked with the rust. i used a small drill bit to open them back up and it quit sooting, so check that also.

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