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Old 09-11-2019, 02:55 PM   #1
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Odor from SDS2 cooktop

I have a 2018 Escape 19 with the Suburban SDS2 flush-mount 2-burner stove. All was fine until about 6 months ago when one of the burners began emitting a foul stench whenever it was lit. Can't tell if it's propane or something but the odor lingers for a long time in the trailer. No alarm from the propane detector. Odor also seems to be inside the cabinets beneath the stove.

So, since I am full-time and don't have the luxury of leaving the trailer somewhere, I just used the other burner which was fine. Now, however, the second burner is emitting the same foul odor when lit. I did contact ETI and they said to call Suburban. I did and they said to take to a servicing dealer of which there are very few it seems. But, I will do that when I get back to New England for a few weeks this fall.

So, has anyone else experienced anything like this? I will be using a propane detector first to see if it's propane. If it is, then I will request replacement or repair. If not propane, then I have no idea what it might be?

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Old 09-13-2019, 09:45 AM   #2
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So, I had a little spare time so decided to take the bottom cover off the cooktop and look up underneath. I found that the compression fitting onto the left hand burner was totally unscrewed! Only friction was holding the tube into the burner. So I tighten that up and now have no odor from that burner. The right side burner, however, still emits a propane odor but the compression fittings seem to be tight. Guess I will need to pull the cooktop when I get back to New England and look at it more carefully. Apparently, that compression fitting was never tightened at the suburban factory.
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:51 AM   #3
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That's scary. Good on you for taking the initiative and finding it. I wonder if it would be prudent for that type of fitting to have a drop or two of Loctite?
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Old 09-13-2019, 10:04 AM   #4
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Is it possible that there could be some water in the propane line to the stove?
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Old 09-13-2019, 10:20 AM   #5
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Also are you familiar with the smell of mercaptans (used to "odor up" propane gas)? Is that what you are smelling?
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Old 09-13-2019, 10:38 AM   #6
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That's scary. Good on you for taking the initiative and finding it. I wonder if it would be prudent for that type of fitting to have a drop or two of Loctite?
That probably wouldn't hurt. My experience with compression fittings is that, once they're secured properly, they really don't loosen. So, not sure what happened here.
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Is it possible that there could be some water in the propane line to the stove?
I suspect not as the flame was the proper color blue.
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Old 09-13-2019, 10:40 AM   #8
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Also are you familiar with the smell of mercaptans (used to "odor up" propane gas)? Is that what you are smelling?
yes, I am familiar with the propane additives odor. What I smelled inside the trailer seem to be a little bit different. However, as noted above, once I secure the loose compression fitting, the odor ceased. So, yeah, it was propane!
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