Chicago, IL asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Illinois

Q: Is gas stove with standing pilot light legal? No electric start, pilot light keeps going out leaking gas.

I am afraid to leave my dogs home alone. Carbon Monoxide detector doesn't go off. Even if it did who would notice. I just want the stove removed and a safe one in its place. I rent.

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Some gas appliances have a standing pilot light, i.e. a small flame that burns continuously, used to light the main burner gas. Should the pilot light flame go out, most appliances have a safety that will stop the flow of gas to both the main burner and the pilot. These appliances are known as 100% shut-off. It appears your stove does not have a shut-off.

Since so many gas stoves, with a continuous flames exist, I am not aware of any laws that prohibits the appliance. You can always turn-off the gas flow value to the stove when not in use. I can suggest to use the technique used by coal miners of the past. Keep a canary near to stove, and check on his health on a regular basis.

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