Thermocouple? Dean 40lb fryer

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2018/02/21 16:35:52 (permalink)

Thermocouple? Dean 40lb fryer

I've been operating for 5 days now on a 40lb cylinder. I noticed my fryer pilot was out. I quick checked the range to see if it would lite and it did. I re-lit the fryer. It went out a few more times so I switch to cylinder number two. Couldn't get the pilot to stay lit, maybe because of the changing over to the other cylinder. Then finally it lit and stayed lit. So, I assumed I was running too low on propane to support the BTU's. Well, it shut off one more time and took a while for the pilot to wanna stay lit. Any ideas?
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    cavemaneats
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    Re: Thermocouple? Dean 40lb fryer 2018/02/21 18:12:46 (permalink)
    Occasionally we run in to this too, could very well be a bad thermocouple?, But more likely its the thermostat. If the thermostat is either not calibrated correctly or is going out, it will reach a certain temperature them shut off the system to protect from over heating. This is intended to happen at about 450*F but if its not working correctly it can happen at any temperature. One of our units would do this at about 325*F. So just when its about to be usable for food it would shut off. I haven't replaced the thermostat on that unit yet, because it was an older unit with out brand markings to know what part is needed. I always thought I would figure out which brand it was and be able with a parts manual get the right part. But I just purchased a different unit and moved on.
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    Re: Thermocouple? Dean 40lb fryer 2018/02/21 18:24:46 (permalink)
    It could be that. Especially since I've been adjusting it a lot. I'm trying to get the temperature and timing down to a science. I've had some cold centers on the empanadas.
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    Re: Thermocouple? Dean 40lb fryer 2018/02/21 19:03:01 (permalink)
    Clean the thermocouple with soft or fine Scotchbrite pad and alcohol on a cotton ball. Make sure it is positioned properly in the flame , if you aren't level the flame won't be in the same place. Always a good idea to have extras just in in case.
     
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    Re: Thermocouple? Dean 40lb fryer 2018/02/22 14:46:27 (permalink)
    I re-leveled things and no issues today. Thanks
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