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Old 08-19-2014, 09:54 PM   #11
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I had bugs take up residency in ours. Took metal vent out used metal door screen using 1/8" rivets to hold in place. Now it makes it more difficult with the "No Vacancy" screen in place for the bugs to camp out.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:06 AM   #12
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It is soot from a too rich mixture of propane. IF your not comfortable adjusting it take it to a dealer it is a simple adjustment and should not cost you too much.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:23 AM   #13
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CamCo sells screens for most of the external ports that a bug can get into.
I found a couple on Amazon.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:14 AM   #14
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I have no problem taking stuff apart. Thanks for the help. Will do tomorrow.
I, too, have no problem taking things apart. It's just the getting them back together thing that causes all the issues.

So that smoke on the exterior was caused by bugs? We had been told about mud dauber screens, which are supposed to help with these types of issues but were also told that we don't have to worry about the bugs here in Southern California. Does anyone know if that is so?
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It is not caused from bugs.. bugs impede the propane flow this is too rich a flow..
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:02 AM   #16
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It is not caused from bugs.. bugs impede the propane flow this is too rich a flow..
bugs can fill up the burner tube blocking air from entering. Creating a rich mixture. The OP found lots of bugs and cleaned it out. It has been a couple of days maybe he will confirm if it repaired it and if he now has a nice blue flame
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So that smoke on the exterior was caused by bugs? We had been told about mud dauber screens, which are supposed to help with these types of issues but were also told that we don't have to worry about the bugs here in Southern California. Does anyone know if that is so?
I have no clue if SoCal has mud daubers, but spiders and other bugs can cause the same issue.

I would recommend poking around and looking for signs of an issue. If you see any carbon build up, you at least know where to start.
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I have no clue if SoCal has mud daubers, but spiders and other bugs can cause the same issue.

I would recommend poking around and looking for signs of an issue. If you see any carbon build up, you at least know where to start.
You know, my day job is beginning to look better . . .

and don't even start telling me all that can go wrong with the black water tank . . .
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It is not caused from bugs.. bugs impede the propane flow this is too rich a flow..
Not always. I had a spidey web built into mine once and didn't know it. First use in that spring, same issue, flamed/smoked up the side. Cleaned it out, problem solved. Every year now I take an air hose and blow it out before using it.
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Same thing can happen to the furnace. My uncle warned me about this (he learned the hard way) and we got the screens before leaving the dealer for both TT's.
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