How to Convert a GE Cafe Stove to LP
General Electric offers its specialized Cafe product line designed to provide consumers with high-end cooking appliances. While the majority of gas GE Cafe stoves are outfitted for natural gas, if you want to convert your GE Cafe stove to liquid propane, you may find the process to be easier than expected as all GE Cafe stoves are designed for this conversion.
Disconnect the gas supply to your GE Cafe stove by turning the gas supply valve to the “Off” position. The location of this valve may vary, according to your kitchen design; however, it is typically found directly behind the stove attached to the wall. Disconnect electric power to the stove by locating the circuit breaker assigned to the stove and flipping the breaker to the “Off” position. If the breaker is also connected to other appliances, such as your refrigerator, unplug the stove from the wall instead of flipping the circuit breaker.
Convert the stove pressure regulator by removing the storage drawer located on the bottom of the stove. Removal may vary, according to the GE Cafe stove model number; however, it is generally removed by pulling the drawer toward you until it is released from the stove.
Move the stove away from the wall so you have access to the rear of the stove. Locate the pressure regulator, which is typically found in the rear of the range on the left-hand side. The regulator is circular and features a large hex nut in the middle of the component.
Remove the hex nut from the pressure regulator with an adjustable wrench. Once removed, the hex nut will have a plastic tip sticking out of the middle of the nut. Remove the plastic pin from the nut by gently pressing your finger against the side of the pin, which will pop the pin out of the nut.
Rotate the plastic pin 180 degrees so the pointed portion of the pin enters the nut and the flat surface of the pin sticks out of the nut. Replace the reversed hex nut back into the pressure regulator. Secure it with the adjustable wrench and make sure you do not over-tighten it.
Convert the cook top burners to LP by locating the LP orifice spuds, which are located directly to the right of the pressure regulator. The orifice spuds are positioned vertically and have a two-digit number written on the top of each bracket, along with the letter “L” to denote the brackets are for LP use. Remove each of the orifice spuds with a 7 mm nut driver.
Remove the grates, burner caps and burner heads from the cook top surface of the stove and set these items off to the side.
Remove the brass orifice spud located in the chimney of the burner with the 7 mm nut driver. Install the LP orifice spuds removed from the rear of the stove by attaching them with the 7 mm nut driver. Make sure you tightly secure the spuds in the burner chimney to prevent gas leaks during operation. Repeat until all burner spuds have been replaced.
Convert the oven burner to LP by removing the oven door, broiler drawer and the floor of the oven. The exact steps for removing these items will vary with the model of your GE Cafe stove. Review your owner’s manual for the removal instructions.
Locate the lower burner orifice hood, which is typically found at the rear of the oven. Turn the burner orifice hood clockwise with a 1/2-inch wrench. Tighten it until the hood is snug but be careful not to over-tighten it.
Locate the air shutter for each cook top burner as well as the oven burners. The air shutters are found near the burner chimney. Locate the Phillips head screw found on the air shutter and rotate the screw with a Phillips head screwdriver until the air shutter is in the full open position. Repeat for each air shutter.
Attach the LP hose to the LP orifice found at the rear of the stove. Connect the opposite end of the LP hose to the LP gas source coming out of the wall.
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