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Old 06-16-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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We have a beautiful Force 10 (4) burner stove and oven. We just moved aboard a few months ago and have since started using the oven for cooking. We have found that the oven doesn't get any hotter than 250 degrees F which makes it difficult to bake. I've checked the propane pressure and there isn't any issue. We have plenty of propane pressure to run all four burners and the oven at the same time. It simply seems like the burner in the oven doesn't put out enough BTU to heat beyond 250F. In addition, it takes forever to get to 250F.

Has anyone else experienced this issue with a Force 10???

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Old 06-16-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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Do you have the aluminum heat plate installed at the bottom over the gas element?

My Force 10 seemed to have little to no insulation - I, too, had trouble bringing the temperature up hot enough, and it never got as hot as my ENO oven.

Is there a chance that the thermometer is not working correctly? Have you tried using a regular oven thermometer to check the temp? Are you sure that the thermometer is in Fahrenheit, not Celcius? (I know, silly question, but one never knows).

You have a propane gas supply, are the burners for propane? CNG burners don't work for propane, and vice versa.

Have you contacted Force 10? I don't know if there is a difference in burner size for the various ovens, but that might be something to consider.
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I just talked to Force 10. My plate at the bottom is stainless and not aluminum. We have tried with it in and out to see which way it gets hotter. Force 10 guy says it needs to be in and in contact with the flame. I'm not sure why they would switch to stainless steel from aluminum for this piece since stainless is such a poor thermal conductor...it acts more like an insulator in the bottom of the oven.

Anyhow, we did place a cooking thermometer in the oven to check the actual temp...and it is hardly reaching 250F. Force 10 guy says it is likely the regulator or the orifice.

Yep..it is a propane stove.
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Did the Regulator come with the stove ? If not What Regulator do Force Ten specify ?

JET size ??
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No, he was speaking about the low pressure regulator on the propane bottle.
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Great link!!!!! Thanks again. I must say you are the resource king!
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Did you get this resolved? We have been away from internet for the past few months. More remote cruising. We have had similar problems. In fact we have a 4 page word doc with all the problems with our Force Ten oven. If you are still having problems let me know and I can share some of our solutions with you. Ours is finally working after about 3 years.

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Hi Chuck

Please share the information here for the rest of us anyway. Thanks in advance.
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Did you get this resolved? We have been away from internet for the past few months. More remote cruising. We have had similar problems. In fact we have a 4 page word doc with all the problems with our Force Ten oven. If you are still having problems let me know and I can share some of our solutions with you. Ours is finally working after about 3 years.

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When we placed the stainless plate in the correct location, it did seem to increase the peak temperature, but it took forever to get to temperature.

I would really like to see your list of issues and solutions associated with your Force 10.
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Well, it seems that I was finally able to fix my oven problem by installing a new regulator. The oven now jumps up to 450F in about 10 minutes.

I also took the time to run a propane line up to my BBQ grill so that I don't have to stow those little bottles onboard anymore. This project took the entire weekend tracking down all those damn fittings needed to neatly go through the deck and switch between tank sources.

I'm very pleased with the result...two birds with one stone per say.
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Mmmmm! The regulator is so often the source of these sort of problems. Good that all is now OK.
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Lori is very happy now that she can cook bread. She has been practicing her onboard cooking skills and is doing a fine job.
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Hi

I asked a Force 10 supplier at a Boat Show who informed me that the insulation breaks down and therefore the oven does not get hot enough. It is possible although difficult to replace the insulation although we haven't tried yet.

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