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Old 06-12-2019, 08:46 PM   #1
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stove top burners working loose

I have the Dometic 3 burner stove top that comes with the optional oven. Works great except after approx 10 months one of the burners fell apart. There are 2 small screws with lock washers that hold the burner assembly together and both screws literally fell out. Lucky for me, the screws were still in the stove top area and were easy to retrieve.

Taking the top off to access the burners is easy after you know how to do it. 1st time was a bear, was lucky I didn't tear it up getting it off.

I took the top off, tightened the screws on all the burners, they were all loose, and went on my way. Soon the original problem burner was loose again. I'm afraid to over tighten, think would be easy to strip the threads.

What to do?, anyone else experience this issue?
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:58 PM   #2
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Loc-tite Blue or Red on the screw threads, bigger self tapping screw, machine screw with nut and lock washer on the underside. Those come mind but I’m not familiar with the exact design.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:03 PM   #3
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good ideas, thanks for reply :-)
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I dunno how hot those get, but loctite blue is not very heat resistant and degrades significantly when heated. loctite red is for when you never ever want to take it apart again

(come to think of it, I've seen wrenching instructions that say to use a blowtorch on the fasteners that have red loctite before taking them off, so its probably not that heat proof either).
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I've had my 3-burner stove-over-oven apart to clean, and to fix the sparker on one of the burners. no clue why it wasn't working, it looked perfect, but had no spark. new sparker wire, and now that burner works fine, spark! spark!

I didn't notice any loose screws. I probably should check again, we just got home after 3000 miles of often very rough roads.
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I agree loc-tite probably won't work because of the heat. Best idea is probably larger diameter screws.

It's pretty easy for me to disassemble now. So, will monitor and replace with larger screws/ lock washers if gets to be too much of PITA. Can also install helicoils, but probably overkill.

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I've had my 3-burner stove-over-oven apart to clean, and to fix the sparker on one of the burners. no clue why it wasn't working, it looked perfect, but had no spark. new sparker wire, and now that burner works fine, spark! spark.


John, where did you get the new sparkle wires?

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I agree loc-tite probably won't work because of the heat. Best idea is probably larger diameter screws.

It's pretty easy for me to disassemble now. So, will monitor and replace with larger screws/ lock washers if gets to be too much of PITA. Can also install helicoils, but probably overkill.

thanks for replies :-)
We used a lot of loctite when I worked for the city. I always trusted my mechanics to buy what they needed to do their job. Though retired, Iím still in contact with them. My west side guy informs me that he used loctite 266 on heat prone areas. it is permanent and good to 450 degrees F. Itís about $20 a bottle. I took a scope mount off of a .223 Contender handgun barrel once. It was held on with one of the loctite red compounds and was a struggle but I got it with the proper sized screwdriver and my gun vise. Best of luck with securing your burners. As I used to tell my friend Loren, all a steer can do is try.
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John, where did you get the new sparkle wires?

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heh, Amazon, where else? :-p

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QTZZWTE/

these are for the 3-burner stove w/ the oven. they probably fit similar Atwood 3 burner stoves without the oven too.
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I had the same thing happen and fixed it yesterday. Found three of those screws two off the one burner which had come loose and one other. Also fixed one sparker that was touching the metal base and creating spark there instead of at the burner. Gave it all a good cleaning too.
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heh, Amazon, where else? :-p



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QTZZWTE/



these are for the 3-burner stove w/ the oven. they probably fit similar Atwood 3 burner stoves without the oven too.


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I had the same thing happen and fixed it yesterday. Found three of those screws two off the one burner which had come loose and one other. Also fixed one sparker that was touching the metal base and creating spark there instead of at the burner. Gave it all a good cleaning too.


Adrian,
Did you use bigger screws or just put the original ones back?

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