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Adjusting the simmer flame on a gas stove

We recently installed a stove in our home. This stove required a conversion from natural gas to propane (LP). The installation instructions walked us through the process, which included changing the pressure of the regulator valve, installing smaller orifices in each of the burners, and adjusting the air flow for proper combustion.

When we were done, everything worked fine, except the range burners would not go lower than this:

Simmer flame before adjustment

This, the lowest flame, would still sustain a full boil in a large pot. That’s far too much heat for slow cooking for rice or stews.

I called Whirlpool to ask if there was any way to adjust the burners to give a lower flame. They asked a lot of questions about the conversion – had I changed the orifices, had I changed the regulator’s pressure, did I adjust the air flow – and suggested I call an appliance repair service to take a look at it.

While searching the web for answers, I came across this text on

One detail that’s commonly overlooked on these is the simmer settings. Each top burner valve has a small screw inside its shaft that can be adjusted to provide a low simmer. This adjustment must be made on each burner once the range has been converted, or ‘simmer’ settings will be far too high to be useful.

A small-bladed screwdriver is needed for most of these. If you can’t find one small enough, it’s possible to grind one down to fit. I’ve noticed some of the most recent ranges are using a larger screw that’s a lot easier to access, and that’s a welcome change.

You’d think if this were true for our stove, this information would have been in the installation instructions, or at the very least, that someone at Whirlpool would have mentioned that when I called. I had to pull off a knob and see for myself.

Remove the stove knob

What’s in the center of the shaft? It looks like a small, flat-head screw.

Simmer setting adjustment screw

Sure enough, none of our screwdrivers were narrow enough to fit into the shaft. I took a bench grinder to one that I wasn’t particularly attached to, and ground down the flared sides to make it fit into the shaft.

Narrow screwdriver

I put the knob back on the oven, lit the burner, turned the knob to its lowest setting, then pulled the knob and adjusted the screw. It didn’t take very much movement to significantly change the flame – maybe 1/2 turn from smallest to largest.

Adjusting the simmer flame

After the adjustment, the high flame is the same as before, but the low (simmer) flame is much, much lower.

Simmer flame after adjustment

CAUTION: If you set the simmer flame to be too low, the flame may go out. If this happens, the stove will continue to send a steady trickle of gas to the burner, which will not be burned. This is VERY DANGEROUS and could even lead to an explosion if it is allowed to continue. Make absolutely sure that the simmer flame will not extinguish, and monitor it closely while you are using it. A rule of thumb is to set the simmer flame so that it stays burning even if you blow on the burner (from a safe distance, of course). If you are able to extinguish the flame by blowing on it, it is probably set too low. If you are unsure, get a professional to make this adjustment for you.


Comment from Jenn
Time: April 2, 2007, 12:35 pm

You officially rock my socks for posting this. My husband and I just purchased a home and had the very same stove installed and converted from natural gas to propane.

After a week of burning everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to vegetables to bacon, sausage and pancakes (the last three were all done last night), and thus setting off my smoke alarm and deafening everyone in the house, I went to google to try and find an answer on how to adjust the simmer flame. Your site was the first result.

My husband is adjusting our stove right now. :) Thank you so much!

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Comment from Joe
Time: March 9, 2008, 1:30 pm

thank you thank you thank you…. i too had the same experience as above… i put up with it for 4 years. I feel like I just got a brand new stove! AND the pictures are awesome!
thanks a million… cheers!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 14, 2009, 4:29 pm

thanks, huge help! not on whirlpool site!

Comment from ernie
Time: May 12, 2009, 6:06 pm

Thanks, we just had our new premiere gas range hooked up today and almost did backflips when we were cooking a pot of rice tonight … it was boiling instead of a low simmer like our old stove … we stacked the old stove top trivets on top of the new stove 3 high and it was still simmering too high to make a nice pot of rice … my wife said, well maybe we should sell it with a very sad look on her face … she’s been waiting months for this pro grade stove to arrive (on order) hahaha and really looking forward to it. A momentary massive disappointment … luckily I thought to google how to adjust the burners and found this!! Duh!! Thanks so much for posting this simple fix. (There was no information in the Premiere Range owners manual about it either, even in the trouble shooting section) I guess you’re supposed to call the dealer and have him come out and give him another hundred dollars to adjust the burners besides the $100 he charged to hook the hose on the back! Jeez! Anyway … thanks. :)

Comment from Barb
Time: July 30, 2009, 10:51 am

Oh so many thanks from me too! Also a Premier Pro owner and also stacking trivets to achieve “low” temps. Can’t wait to try this tonight. And thanks for saving me the $$ too!
PS the photos are perfect!

Comment from steve in VA
Time: August 2, 2009, 11:54 am

Your post was as marriage saver. Thanks!

I adjusted the burners on my Jenn Aire after changing from a gas grill insert to a double burner inset. I didn’t know to I could adjust the simmer until I found this site. I thought I had bought the wrong burner set!

I now have my gourmet chef wife happy because she can simmer our food properly, and now thinks perhaps I am a genius (well, not quite).

Comment from rhiamom
Time: September 13, 2009, 6:51 am

Woohoo! I just moved into an apartment with a Whirlpool gas stove, and have the same problem with all the burners being set way too high. I will be adjusting them later today!

Comment from GEstove
Time: November 3, 2009, 7:44 pm

THANK you!!! I’ve had my stove for about 6 years. I love it, but could never cook rice without it sticking to the bottom of the pot. Thanks to you, I’ll have fluffy rice forever now!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: November 27, 2009, 2:54 pm

The svc tech came out and said there’s no way to adjust for a lower simmer. The company said the same by phone. Thanks to your post, I will no longer risk serious injury. I’ve had a few near misses with large pots of stew slipping off my make-shift spacer to get the pot further from the flame.
My small screwdriver shaft was not long enough, so I fashioned my own tool from a bamboo skewer with a razor blade. Thanks ever so much.

Comment from Kellie
Time: December 26, 2009, 1:54 pm

YOU rock!! That is all I can say. We have been dealing with this for four years and then it just hit me…maybe we can adjust the flame. We would have had no idea where that adjustment needed to be made without your photos. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Comment from Carmen
Time: January 18, 2010, 1:49 pm

I can’t thank the person who posted this solution enough!!!! I moved into an apartment with a brand new Whirlpool gas range that has been giving me this problem all along, and driving me nuts since I couldn’t simmer anything. I made the adjustment and now the flame is low like it should’ve been to begin with. THANKS SO MUCH for the post!!

Comment from dave
Time: January 25, 2010, 10:43 am

thank u so much.we just got a new stove and found that not one thing was not getting burnt.after ur post all is well your a life saver.well done!!!

Comment from Luke W10196161C
Time: February 24, 2010, 8:12 pm

I just adjusted my whirlpool W10196161C range. Excellent. I can’t believe they don’t put this info in the conversion instructions. Thanks

Comment from Scott
Time: April 2, 2010, 8:43 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Enjoying toasted pine nuts now as opposed to pine nut cinders.

Comment from Dean
Time: May 2, 2010, 8:19 am

thank you so much now my wife can make her sause which needs to simmer for hours thanks again.

Comment from James
Time: May 18, 2010, 8:15 pm

Thank you! I thought it was the new reality with a propane gas stove. I am very relieved to know that it can be adjusted.

My wife will be very happy we can cook dinner without burning it!

Comment from s. willey
Time: May 23, 2010, 3:13 pm

Hi, your advice is right on…i already have done this effective procedure years ago to my Sears gas range top…Now, perhaps you can help me with my problem with the same range (Sears Kenmore model#75885…propane gas fueled): Is there any way to adjust the broiler flame? Since i’ve had this unit, there is no difference between the “Hi” and “Low” broiler settings. In addition, the broiler is very inadequate (i usually have to take food outside to my Weber grill if i want it broiled (not fun in the snow) …it takes forever for the food to cook, and it never gets that just right “sear,” I can’t even broil a grapefruit or caramelize brown sugar. The broiler flame is not a “drawer” style, but rather is mounted on the top or “roof” of the oven box. Any advice you may have would be most gratefully appreciated!!!

Thank you very much!

Comment from Joe
Time: May 24, 2010, 10:40 pm

OMFG! You’re a freek’in genius! Thank you so so much! Home made spaghetti sauce is now a possibility! Wooot!

Comment from agsserv
Time: June 8, 2010, 12:45 pm

Wonderful discovery and explanation. Nice photos that really help.


Comment from Esther C.
Time: June 26, 2010, 1:07 pm

Found your site by accident. But a divine one, indeed. I had the same problem with my gas range. Got my very slender screw driver and wouldn’t you know, IT WORKED. Thank you so very much.

Comment from Carol N
Time: August 8, 2010, 2:43 pm

Yay for your post here. I tried to find other posts that mentioned adjusting the air shutters or the orifice, neither of which I could never find on my Whirlpool. It’s a brand new stove but I’m a renter and they didn’t even leave the owner’s manual. Your info here did the trick! Thank you. :)

Comment from Karen
Time: August 20, 2010, 9:17 am

Any idea how to do this with a GE profile model JGSP44BEY2BB – there is no screw visible when I take off the knob. Nothing in the users manual either, and no instructions for how to lift/remove the range top either. Very frustrating.

Comment from Nick
Time: October 20, 2010, 4:46 pm

you just make our life so so so so so much better. Life saver. . . It’s unbelievable that whirlpool doesn’t manage to include this anywhere. . .

Comment from Chuck
Time: October 24, 2010, 10:39 am

Thanks much for the helpful hint. Worked like a charm for me, once I found my eyeglass repair kit and used the screwdriver to fit into the impossibly tiny hole.

Comment from Craig
Time: October 26, 2010, 8:40 pm

My problem was the opposite. We converted from LP to Natural Gas, and the guy who did the conversion was not detail oriented. I showed him that our simmer setting was so low, the the flame goes out on one burner, and on the others, it is so low that it wouldn’t take much to blow them out. He opened the panel behind the knobs and showed me that there was no adjustment for the lowest setting, as he had seen on other stoves. His conclusion was that the Kenmore (Whirlpool) gas stoves have no adjustment.

After reading your post and looking at our knob shafts, I got a small screwdriver and turned the screw in each one until it was perfect. It only took about an eighth of a turn counter-clockwise to increase the flame to a reasonable simmer height.


Comment from Lyne
Time: January 2, 2011, 2:52 pm

Thank you so much. The gas company didn’t know how to adjust the flame, so I’ve been using an electric skillet when I didn’t want to cook on high heat. I finally decided to research the issue and found your instructions. Although I couldn’t see a screw on my stove, under the knob, I decided to try anyway. I bought a precision screw driver set and put the 3/32 flathead on the base and it wouldn’t reach all the way to the screw. So – I took it off the base and inserted it into the burner knob stem and it reached with a little poking out. I took the base and (without the gold screw part), fit the notch on the base onto the notch of the tip; pushed and turned. Amazing – I can now simmer things on my gas range.

Comment from AJ
Time: April 5, 2011, 5:01 pm

I remember hearing of this adjustment, but couldn’t remember the details and didn’t see anything about it in the manual of our new gas stove. Sure enough, popped the knob off, and way in there were those screws! I can’t thank you enough.

Comment from Joe
Time: June 11, 2011, 11:34 am

To give Whirlpool credit, they now give instructions on adjusting the burner flame in the installation manual.

Comment from Makoto Cole
Time: June 26, 2011, 8:58 pm

Thank you so much for posting this article. It helped me out tremendously.

Comment from Jack Whitney
Time: July 7, 2011, 9:49 am

Thank You, just the info I needed. Well Done!

Comment from Feliz C.
Time: July 30, 2011, 7:58 am

Thank you so much for this info, now i can finally cook my rice without burning it or standing at the stove and watching it all day..

Comment from Ty W.
Time: August 8, 2011, 4:04 pm

THANK YOU! We just moved into a new home…apparently they converted from gas to propane in this neighborhood a few years ago. After basically making fried rice enough times, we called a recommended handyman who pretty much told me I needed to learn how to cook with gas. Just found your article, and after adjusting the simmer setting as you instructed, I now have a wonderful low flame and great low-to-high range on all four burners. THIS IS AWESOME!!!

Comment from JC
Time: August 22, 2011, 12:16 pm

Thank you! My wife has been on me to fix this issue on our LP-converted stove for over a year, and your site told me exactly how to fix it. Not a word about it in the user’s manual for the thing. Thanks much!

Comment from Dale
Time: September 6, 2011, 9:42 am

THANKS!!!! My wife was not happy with the new stove and if Mamma ain’t happy nobody’s gonna be happy. And if Mamma don’t cook there’s gonna be a hungry Hubby. Finally she said didn’t we have this on a stove when we were first married? I thought and then remembered I adjusted the flame and my new bride thought I was as great(almost) as her Dad. So now that I’ve fixed this (with your advice) I’ll be a hero all over again. Oh wow maybe there’s something I can fix in the bedroom too!! Wahoo!! Thanks again.

Comment from heidi siebels
Time: November 5, 2011, 2:12 pm

I finally googled this topic and found your answer. I am so excited about having this information. Thank you.

Comment from Lisa
Time: November 10, 2011, 7:11 pm

Awesome, Thank You soooo much. It was so simple but we wouldn’t have figured it out on our own.

Comment from Eric
Time: November 13, 2011, 11:00 am

Thank You very much. I have been burning food for awhile and now will be able to actually simmer instead of boiling everything to death………

Comment from Gail
Time: November 13, 2011, 2:38 pm

Thanks so much!!! I finally googled to find a solution and found you answer. It worked!!!!

Comment from jEFF
Time: November 13, 2011, 7:02 pm

you are a ROCK STAR – THANKS!!!

Comment from Craig
Time: November 27, 2011, 8:16 pm

I seem to have the opposite problem on my Kenmore 665 502210 model, using natural gas. The burners do not go high enough to boil in a reasonable amount of time AND the broil function does not work. I see the spark ignite the broil when first lit, but it then goes out. Bake function seems to work OK.

Using a Whirlpool troubleshooting guide, I checked the Gas Distribution Valve. Resistance readings for the Broil and Cooktop solenoids were good.

What’s the most likely problem–bad Distribution Valve or low gas pressure to the stove?


Comment from kevin
Time: November 27, 2011, 9:43 pm

Hi Craig, I would first check the gas pressure to the stove, then the regulator. Once the proper pressures have been confirmed, I’d troubleshoot the top burners first — they’re the simplest — by confirming that the correct top burner orifice “spuds” are installed and then by adjusting the venturi airflow. Your broiler problem could certainly be a bad distribution valve, but low gas pressure could be the root cause of both problems, so I wouldn’t spend time or $ on troubleshooting the broiler problem until you’re sure you have the right pressure. Hope this helps, Kevin

Comment from david hamilton
Time: January 1, 2012, 10:09 am

this helped me too. i have been using my whirlpool for a year now at full does adjust a little .but now after i saw this .its great .seems though they would put this in owners manual.they just want you to spend money for a service man.

dave hamilton

Comment from Steve
Time: January 2, 2012, 8:06 pm

The most frustrating problem in the history of mankind, solved.

I love you. <3

Comment from Rollin’
Time: January 4, 2012, 1:25 pm

THANKS!!! This was very helpful. I was about to have a tech come in to adjust it. It was costing me $45 just to do this. Hey by the way do u have any idea how i can adjust the oven? I have a electric oven with a gas stove top.

Comment from kevin
Time: January 4, 2012, 5:26 pm

Sorry- it’s been almost 20 years since I’ve had an electric oven, and I’ve never had to adjust one. Best regards, Kevin

Comment from niksi
Time: January 9, 2012, 2:30 pm

Thankyou so much.!!! I have been tearing my hair out for months trying to simmer on my new LPG converted Flavel Aspen 100 range. The guy who converted it, couldn’t find anyway of adjusting it. After reading through the comments on this site, we removed the knobs on the range and there was no sign of a screw to adjust, but with a torch and a small screwdriver, we moved the rubber round the knob fixing to one side, and located a screw. Hey presto after a bit of hit and miss getting the screwdriver in the right position, we moved the screw and adjusted the flame down to a simmer.!! Thankyou you are a star.!!! :)

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 15, 2012, 9:22 pm

AWESOME!! We have been struggling with this problem for some time now and we just want to say THANK YOU and God bless you for taking the time to share vaulable “free” information with the public. You have obviously made alot of people very grateful. My husband said that the information shared along with photos worked like a charm and was easy to follow instructions!! KUDOS!!

Comment from ajk
Time: January 18, 2012, 1:22 am

This is what makes the internet great. I was trying to figure out how to lower the simmer for weeks and on a whim just googled it. Next thing my stove is set perfectly, and all this in less than 60 seconds at 11pm at night. My inner-chef thanks you for this true pearl of wisdom!

Comment from Penny Benson
Time: January 19, 2012, 12:29 pm

I can’t believe how easy this was to do after I read you instructions. I have been dealing with this issue for 8 months now in the home that I recently purchased. I asked several different people who are well educated (plumbers, electricians, etc.) and everyone said that this problem can’t be fixed, telling me I would have to buy and new range. Couldn’t cook stew, spagetti sauce, etc. without burning it or standing at the stove all day and stirring it. Took me about 2 minutes to adjust all of flames. I am amazed!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this information. I can finally cook again without burning it.

Comment from Joanna Sanchez
Time: February 12, 2012, 9:18 pm

I never comment on any post, but this was so helpful I can’t tell
you how grateful I am. It was so easy and now I can cook rice again!!! THANK YOU!!! YOU ROCK!!!

Comment from Laura
Time: February 16, 2012, 7:27 pm

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been unhappy with our stove for almost a year due to burning food at the lowest flame. From your photos it looks like we have the same stove!
I found that using a pocket screwdriver fit perfectly without modification. I also had to hold onto the outer knob stem with a pair of pliers while I turned the screw for at least one knob because otherwise the knob stem turned with the screw.

Comment from Jay Buckley
Time: February 23, 2012, 4:08 pm

This is just what I needed to find- thank you so much for your help. The people at Jenn-Air were of no help at all.

Comment from Richard Mace
Time: March 15, 2012, 11:13 am

Thank God for the internet. Ditto on all the wife and rice sticking stuff.
As a tip, I used the little key that opens the bathroom door lock (most people keep on the molding above the door). Mine was just a bit thick, so I dragged it across some 80 grit sand paper a couple times and it worked like a charm. The key fits in the door knob lock better now too.

Comment from Gino Gazz
Time: April 28, 2012, 3:19 pm

Moved into this home a year ago and have had the same problem with our burners. I followed your easy instructions and now they work great! Thanks for posting this easy solution!

Comment from kisha
Time: April 29, 2012, 10:09 pm

THANK YOU!! New apartment, stove…UGH, lowest flame was on back right burner & even that was too high. I just adjusted the flames with a long bobby pin (puffy part off) b/c all my flat heads were too dang long. Now I can simmer my beans & sauces, make my rice.. I am overjoyed!!
Thank you so much!!

Comment from Jeff
Time: June 22, 2012, 6:19 pm

Solved! I had to grind down the smallest Allen key I could find from an old Ikea product but it did the job perfectly. I am really pleased about how much gas we will save now.

Comment from Mike Hardin
Time: July 3, 2012, 1:45 pm

First, let me say that I have never commented on anything. This morning for some reason I decided to search online to see if by some chance someone had ever said anything about the problem of excessive flame on low setting. I have had this range for four years having purchased the stove new and also having the propane jets installed for me. I have noted that high-end gas ranges have an extremely low flame and even gone so far as to price some of them. I cannot afford anything like that and have always liked the Whirlpool except for this one problem. When I searched I had little hope of finding any information. To my surprise the first site that I landed on was this one. I can’t believe how simple the correction was. Thank you for such a great post. The pictures and explanations are excellent. both my wife and I are thrilled with the results.

Comment from Rose
Time: July 17, 2012, 11:36 am

Thanks so much! I just moved into a place where the stove had this issue and I’m so glad you took the time to post this.

Comment from Fran
Time: July 22, 2012, 3:49 am

I live in Oman, I have a HZH gas 5 burner cook top. I have both gas valves turned down as low as they can at the outside tank but the flames are still too much. I took all the knobs off looking for a set screw so adjust flames but see nothing. Can you advise?

Comment from Todd
Time: July 27, 2012, 2:44 am

I can’t believe this is the only truly useful page Google turned up, but I thank you profusely. I was starting to think I was the only otherwise competent person in the free world who couldn’t cook rice to save his life. I never thought to tell my mother my apartment had an old gas stove. I’m not brave enough to fiddle with the burner valves, but I’ll try the trick with two grates.

Comment from Murs
Time: July 28, 2012, 9:55 am

OMG THANK YOU!!! I was on the brink of buying a new stove. The stove I bought has a simmer burner but it’s no where near simmer. I finally decided to do some research online, found this, made the adjustment. It’s all good!

Thank you thank you thank you thank you

Comment from Dick
Time: September 13, 2012, 5:50 pm

We have a Whirlpool Mod WFG361LVQ gas range can’t get the burner flames high enough to boil water. Oven works fine using natural gas. Ser. R03865848. Any ideas?

Comment from Patrick
Time: October 5, 2012, 10:03 am

Adjusted our Jenn-Air after 10 months of putting up with burnt food (or only having 1 burner able to simmer and constantly rotating food around the stove to stop is burning). Read the manual and they suggest a licensed repair man come out. So glad I didn’t waste $100+ for someone to come out and do this 30 second fix. Had to straighten out a cotter pin and file the end flat, but worked like a charm. Wife is gonna be SO happy when she gets home and sees this. Thanks for posting!!!!!

Comment from Bev
Time: October 7, 2012, 8:23 pm

YAY!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy I found this!! We have Low heat…

Comment from Diana Walstad
Time: October 10, 2012, 9:52 am

I adjusted the flame on my Coleman propane camper stove using your method. It worked! Now I have the low flame I need for pressure cooking on this stove.

Before I found your website, I notified the Coleman company. They said that their camping stoves only had a medium and high flame, no simmering flame. I am DELIGHTED to report that my two-burner stove now has two simmering flames! I followed your basic idea– removed burner dial and inserted a tiny screw driver (from eye-glass repair kit) into the hole.

Thank you so much!

Comment from Jim Henson
Time: November 23, 2012, 5:43 pm

Thanks so much have been using the crock pot alot more since we moved into our new house with the propane stove, Because like the others we were burnimg food because the flame was too high. I found your article tonight after looking at several sites to no avil and all I can say is Thank you thank you Mom is here and making a pot of her ham and beans as we speak with the flame just right to simmer !!!!

Comment from Carol
Time: November 26, 2012, 9:06 am

I am hoping that this fix works on my GE stove when I get home tonight! We’ve had our stove for a year and I’ve just about given up trying to cook anything on it because of the high flame….high enough to boil at lowest setting. My Christmas candy was a disaster last year so now I’m hopeful that this year it will turn out better! Is there an adjustment for the oven as that is too hot also? Thanks so much!

Comment from Kim
Time: December 2, 2012, 9:04 pm

I just received my new Whirlpool gas range yesterday and was so upset when I saw the huge yellow/orange flame on high and slightly smaller yellow/orange flame on low. I tried the small flat screw driver trick, although it did allow me to have a actual simmer on low the high setting was still 4″ of orange flame. After finding 5 tiny fittings, called Jets, that came in a bag with the manual I decided to try changing one burner to see if the stove was not set up for propane…which it was not. Once I changed the Jets on each stove top burner and the oven element it was a perfect blue flame. From what I discovered, Natural Gas jets have a larger hole than the propane ones. It is most likely something that a technician from Whirlpool, or whoever you purchased it from should do, but being that I live on a 21 sq. mi. island in the Caribbean, we do not have a WP technician here! I also found a gas leak where the flexible hose connects, but two fittings in, which would be a mistake from the factory. It was not correctly attached with PTFE tape. So yes, me (female) was able to figure it out. And have taken all the safety measures as YES, if you are not sure of what you are doing and have access to a technician…do it. I still plan on making any other small adjustments with the flat screwdriver. Many thanks for your most helpful post that got me on the right track to sort out my new gas range!

Comment from Chris
Time: December 4, 2012, 2:10 pm

Great – my adjusters are not in the shaft but at the side – perfect though just the same. No more burned curry :D

Comment from Edward Perigo
Time: January 1, 2013, 4:02 pm

Thank you so very very much for posting this, I just moved in to a rental and after a month of burning (well my wife) stuff (I have been in and out of the hospital) I am finally home to google it to find out how to adjust the simmer flame on the same stove… Thanks again for posting this…

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 9, 2013, 5:56 pm

You’re awesome!

Comment from paul klaus
Time: January 13, 2013, 12:25 pm

Thanks for the tip on the simmer setting….it worked.

Is there a tip for lowering the medium setting. Mine seems too high


Comment from LeAnna
Time: February 8, 2013, 5:46 pm

Thank you so much! Now my pot roast can simmer to tender perfection again instead of burn. Without people like you who take the time to post information, with images, a lot of us would be lost!

Comment from Arlean Taylor Chandler
Time: February 11, 2013, 9:58 am

I burn a lot of rice, cut my cook time, watched the clock closely, and really did not want to call maintenance guy cause i,m the one complain,g about no hot water all the time @ my apt complex but now my problem finnally got solved. My rice and chicken die can go on without the eating of burned rice i called fried rice TODAY!!! Thank you! Thank you internet PEOPLE with all my batchlorette answers….

Comment from Johnny Cook
Time: February 16, 2013, 8:15 am

Thank you for this post. I have a new GE Profile gas range and it was like taking my food down to the volcano caldron to cook it. The flames and smoke were life-threatening. Once I found the adjustment screws at the base of the turn knobs I now have a well-behaved stove top that doesn’t singe off my eyebrows.
Again, Thanks for your post.

Comment from Adree
Time: March 17, 2013, 7:25 pm

MY HERO!!! I have been living with the too-high burner for six months, burning my rice…aaaargh! You get the Most Useful Post award in my book.

Comment from Jeff Garber
Time: March 24, 2013, 3:41 pm

I just tried this and it works ! For about 10 years I’ve been turning the flame down to a low simmer by turning it almost all the way to “OFF”. To say the least, it was a very tricky procedure to set the burner to simmer. I’m not sure why I tried looking online about this today but I’m glad I did ! I can’t thank you enough for your research and diligence and for posting the fix online.

Comment from Anne
Time: March 26, 2013, 7:46 am

We just purchased a new gas range and converted it to propane. The flame was too high and thanks to your article, my husband adjusted them a few minutes ago. You saved us a service call. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the same problem. Thank you again.

Comment from Gail
Time: April 11, 2013, 1:37 pm

I got knobs adjusted and now I can’t get them back on!!!Help, I hate to force them, I am afraid I will break them

Comment from kevin
Time: April 19, 2013, 7:22 am

Normally knobs like these are friction fit and easy to get back on. You do have to align the flat edge of the shaft with the same flat edge inside the knob. Good luck.

Comment from Ginny
Time: May 1, 2013, 7:27 pm

Thank you so much. My service man came Monday to fix my range and didn’t have a screwdriver long enough to fit so rescheduled for next Monday. I was talking with my son and he told me to “google” it and with your help, it was a snap. Took me less than 5 min. As a single senior female, it made me feel proud that I can still do things for myself. Now, as for the repair man, cancel my call. Thank you, thank you!!!

Comment from donia
Time: May 6, 2013, 8:31 am

So happy to have found your site. Thank You.
Flames adjusted !!!Cook On!!!

Comment from NancyT
Time: May 27, 2013, 3:54 pm

Thank you for this post! I also have the same range. The flame on its lowest setting was way too high for my pressure cooker. I used a screwdriver that comes with a eyeglass repair kit. It worked perfectly.

Comment from Mike
Time: August 20, 2013, 7:50 pm

Thank you very much. Just got this range and after changing the spuds (nozzles) for propane the flame , as you found , was way too high to simmer. I was looking on the internet for smaller spuds when I re phrased my question and here I am. Worked great.

Comment from Derek
Time: August 23, 2013, 10:20 am

Priceless!! We’ve been complaining for ages about how we could not simmer properly. Excellent post and certainly a money saver!

Comment from Kathy
Time: August 28, 2013, 12:25 pm

SO HAPPY!!! Thank you for the great post and pictures!! Had the same problem on a Kenmore ELITE 36″ Sealed Gas Cooktop that was converted to propane 2003 but never adjusted. I have been in the house a 1yr and it was on the list of fix or replace. Thanks for the saved money!!! Went to my tool box and had it fixed in no time. I think that I will send a bill to my husband. lol

Comment from Kristin
Time: September 15, 2013, 4:15 pm

Thank you so much for posting this!!! My mom and I always wonder how and if we could turn down the flame. This will be so much better for Thanksgiving and just in general too. Thanks a bunch!!!

Comment from Jose
Time: October 1, 2013, 11:03 pm

Dude… you freakin ROCK!!! I tried doing all kinds of crazy stuff before I searched google, yours was the first result and 2 minutes later our stove was usable again!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

Comment from Scott
Time: October 4, 2013, 5:46 pm

Apparently I’m six years late in posting this but THANKS!!!!!! My wife and I have hated our stove for years and just decided to buy a new one. We were going to switch to electric due to never being able turn any of the gas burners low enough to simmer. I have adjusted them all and we can’t wait to try cooking again!

Comment from Joseph
Time: October 14, 2013, 4:19 pm

Holy sweet jesus, why is this not in Owner’s Manuals? I was just dreading the conversation with my friendly but non-Anglophone gas guy (I live in Berlin) about how to make my new expensive gas stove more flexible than my old cheap jetboil. So… thank you!

Comment from Derek
Time: October 30, 2013, 2:40 am

get a large paper clip and file it down

Comment from Mike
Time: October 31, 2013, 8:48 am

Than you so much for this article. The “simmering” oatmeal poured over out of the pot. The owners manual made no mention of adjusting the flame. We called the service dept. They sent a technician who said the flame could not be lowered. We were so upset that we were going to return the stove. My wife saw your article. I was able to lower the flame with an extra thin coping saw blade.

Comment from Paul
Time: November 20, 2013, 3:46 pm

Burnt rice (boiled over), angry wife, nothing in the owners manual, but alas, this was the fix!!! Marriage saved, I don’t have to buy another stove.

Comment from Mark
Time: November 21, 2013, 7:33 am

thank you bought my wife her first gas stove. She was so mad it was to hot. thank you this fix worked great.

Comment from Minnett
Time: November 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

OMG! I knew there had to B an adjustment for the lowest flame setting! My new LP gas cooktop was finally hooked up today & I tried every burner but all were to hot for simmer. I grew up cooking on a LP gas stove so I knew something was wrong! It is a 5 burner Whirlpool & I read the manual thoroughly & found NOTHING! Thank U so much for the info!

Comment from Marlene
Time: December 9, 2013, 12:54 pm

I went to Sears and bought a mini screwdriver set for $10.00. The 3/32 flathead worked perfectly. I was able to adjust 3 of the 4 burners. The fourth just wouldn’t go any lower, but having 3 burners that will actually simmer instead of boil will be great. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 11, 2013, 9:49 am

Also benefited from your examples!art

Comment from pauline watson
Time: December 15, 2013, 3:43 pm

I bought a Whirlpool ignition gas range and was upset that the flame was too high on low. I went on your site to see how to adjust the flame which I found quite easily. However, I found that if you turn the knob back to high the blank area between high and off allows you to adjust the flame to simmer. No more watching the pot.

Comment from Cleveland Real Estate
Time: December 18, 2013, 10:25 pm

Any idea how to get the flames higher??

Low is not my issue at all. Does the knob turn work the other way? Before I start messing with it… The new Samsung 5-burner stove has such small flames… Bother.

Comment from kevin
Time: December 21, 2013, 8:03 pm

This adjustment is for the lowest (simmer) flame only.

Comment from Craig Howell
Time: January 4, 2014, 10:07 pm

Awesome! This adjustment worked great on my Jennair stovetop that had been converted to propane. We had never had a propane unit before this one and just though the high flame was a “propane thing”. After living with it for TWO YEARS we finally googled it and found your site. 5 min with a screwdriver and now it’s fixed! I wish that I’d have thought to look for answers online before waiting so long ! Thanks again for your help, it was very much appreciated!

Comment from Linda
Time: January 12, 2014, 5:57 pm

omgosh!!!! finally, after burning many dinners for 2 yrs, we finally googled ‘flame too high on gas stove’ and there was your answer. ours is an ikea 5 burner whirlpool and this fix was so simple. thank you so much for sharing this info. it took my husband less time to lower the flame than to make the tool that fit that far down the very narrow shaft. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!

Comment from Sherry
Time: January 13, 2014, 3:57 pm

Thank you for the detailed, easy to follow instructions!! My husband and I just bought our home and found the same problem. I just adjusted our burners and all is great!! Thanks again!!!!

Comment from Ron
Time: January 14, 2014, 7:09 pm

Thank you!!! So much, great fix. Low flame…..

Comment from Chantell
Time: January 16, 2014, 4:33 pm

hi I have bought a camping hob with 1 hob I use it inside and on a low level the flame is quite high. Iv never used one before and I’m scared I’m doing it wrong

Comment from Jimmy
Time: January 25, 2014, 5:08 pm

Thank you for taking the time to make my life better.

Comment from Jan
Time: January 29, 2014, 5:53 am

Thank you! I call the installer; they came out and could not adjust the low flame by using the installation manual. I called GE; they referred me to the installation manual. I had to buy a tiny flat-blade screwdriver (in a set) but it was well worth the $13 investment! I called the installer back and told them what I’d learned on-line. I hope that will help someone else down the road.

Comment from Nieva O. Lingatong
Time: February 7, 2014, 1:48 am

Same problem for me. Rinnai was not able to give a solution to my complaint on the newly purchased 3-burner stove. We even decided to give it to those in need coz better to replace it than end up burning food always. Thank you so much for sharing the instruction.

Comment from Dede
Time: February 23, 2014, 9:58 am

Wow!!! Thank you! I bought a new range over a year ago and have been struggling with the burners that are too hot even on low! I read your post and fixed the problem myself in about 5 minutes!!!

Comment from Everett
Time: February 28, 2014, 7:46 pm

Thanks for your help. We were pricing a new Jenn-Air cooktop because we have been living with this problem for years. I adjusted all 4 burners down lower and I’m sure this will fix our problem.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: March 19, 2014, 1:24 pm

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Problem solved.

Comment from CP
Time: March 22, 2014, 5:52 pm

Thank you so much for this posting! Was ready to sell the stove I just purchased…thought it was a defect since there is so much bad press on Kitchenaid. I’m so happy!

Comment from ecobeing
Time: March 25, 2014, 6:48 am

though I knew the fix, I was searching to buy the right tool & happened upon your post and the AMAZINGLY happy people because of you ! ya know, if success can be measured by unintended random acts of kindness, you are at the top of the pyramid. bringing a smile to a person is a beautiful thing and I will smiling all day!

~every day is a gift though some days the wrapping ain’t pretty

Comment from Sandra
Time: April 2, 2014, 4:23 pm

The gift that keeps on giving. We just got an Amana and it worked on it! I shaved down a small screwdriver that *almost* fit with my Dremmel tool. No money wasted, no service call/charge and not burning my food! All the way around wins! :D

Comment from Larry
Time: April 6, 2014, 2:50 pm

Lived with burnt food for 3 months till my wife found this solution. It works! Thank you

Comment from ann
Time: April 13, 2014, 1:05 pm

Thank you so much ….I will now be able to cook rice again now …my hob is a smeg and burned far to fiercely ….keep an eye on it for a while to make sure we are at the right level now !!!!!

Comment from Susan
Time: April 25, 2014, 5:49 am

Thanks so much for this post i have been on this for sometime now when i got home yesterday after getting this post i removed all the knobs and discovered that the shaft are not open but the screws are beside the shaft but very tiny i will try it this weekend i hope it will work for me.

Comment from kevin
Time: April 25, 2014, 8:13 pm

Hi Susan, I tried to contact you directly but the email bounced with “no such address.” I am concerned that those screws beside the shaft may not be flame adjusting screws, but rather, those screws might be holding the valve together or securing it in place. It would be really bad — like enormous and uncontrollable fire bad — if the valve fell apart because it was accidentally disassembled while the gas was turned on. I would strongly advise you not to turn those screws without confirmation from the stove manufacturer or a competent repair person that those are in fact flame adjusting screws. My own experience and the 100+ comments on this page lead me to believe it’s common to have the flame adjusting screw in the center of the knob shaft. If it’s not there, then without any documentation stating otherwise, I’d conclude the flame is not adjustable. Best regards, Kevin

Comment from Susan
Time: April 29, 2014, 9:10 am

Hello Kevin, am sorry for the incorrect email address, its been corrected.
i tried to locate the screws but i discovered that the screws are inside and not at the center of the shaft and very tiny i ve given up trying but decided to get a technician to check for me.

Comment from Martin
Time: May 1, 2014, 7:50 pm

Thanks Kevin. Just moved into a 10 year old house. Lovely 5 burner hob (Lofra brand) but never been adjusted! Had to buy special 1.4mm flat blade screwdriver with 55mm long shaft which only just reached the adjustment screw. Cheers

Comment from Jerry Rosa
Time: May 21, 2014, 1:56 pm

Thank you so much! My renters were complaining and this fixed it perfectly.


Comment from mari
Time: June 9, 2014, 9:51 am

Thanks. We recently moved into an apartment that the previous tenants had completely wrecked. We were thinking the low flames on the stove were another leftover from them. (you could not get water to boil even after 20 minutes).
Landlord sent the repair guy in and he said there was nothing we could do.
I may have to send my landlord this page.

Comment from kevin
Time: June 9, 2014, 10:07 am

Hi Mari, this adjustment is normally used to reduce the flame when the burner is on the lowest setting. If you’re trying to increase the flame on the highest setting, that problem is likely elsewhere. Best regards, Kevin

Comment from Bruce
Time: July 15, 2014, 7:01 am

Amazing to read all these thank-yous. My situation is so similar to these responses. I made the mistake of calling in a gas plumber first , before l googled and found the answer laid out before me. Money down the drain— the one installed by the plumber incidentally!!

Comment from Mary
Time: August 18, 2014, 11:13 am

Same fix works with new Amana range using natural gas. Thank you, thank you. We recently bought a new stove, and I was so disappointed that the flame was too high to simmer. Now no more burnt food… or anyway significantly less. Thank you thank you!!!

Comment from Stan
Time: August 24, 2014, 4:41 am

Followed your instructions to the letter even ground down a screwdriver adjusted to perfection. Boy is the wife happy !

Comment from Wendy
Time: September 15, 2014, 2:35 pm

THANK YOU!! I was thinking I was insane, boiling over everything, burning simple things.. Going to fix it tonight.

Comment from Glenn
Time: October 1, 2014, 5:51 am

I’ve just installed a 5 burner KitchenAid cooktop. Installation instructions actually specify the small flame adjustment procedures. Kevin’s web posting does a really good job of explaining the procedures.

Note that in my 5 burner cooktop, the four corner burners each adjust with a small screw located inside the shaft (2mm screw driver blade).

Here’s the reason I am posting this note…
My 5th burner – which is actually a fancy combination of two concentric burners – adjusts each section independently. The adjustment for this combination burner is done with somewhat larger screw heads which are beside the control shaft – not inside the shaft.
My KitchenAid burner control has a rubber shield which also needs to be removed before the side adjustment screws can be seen.

So – this may be similar to the design found by a previous poster for her “normal” design burner heads – each perhaps having one adjustment screw off to the side of the control shaft instead of inside the shaft.

Also note: some burner designs are just not going to be particularly good as simmer burners. However adjusting the minimum flame size gives you a chance of making the best of the burners.

Comment from Pat Fortino
Time: October 6, 2014, 8:04 pm

You save my bacon. This issue has been driving me nuts. Thank!

Comment from Bob McCreadie
Time: October 13, 2014, 7:05 am

We changed Neff hobs, both used lpg, and discoverd we had your problem. The adjusting screw on the Neff is to the bottem left of the control stalk, partly hidden with cables. A bit finicky but job done and we can now simmer.

Thank you very much for your original post and for further comments


Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 31, 2014, 4:38 pm

Great post!

Comment from Dixie
Time: November 18, 2014, 8:31 pm

Thank you to the person who commented about the “blank” space between high and off. That fixed my problem. That is where the simmer is! I have a whirlpool 5 burner cooktop and this works on all 5 burners.

Comment from William
Time: November 20, 2014, 8:19 pm

Another marriage SAVED! Thank you for this valued information, this if the fix for our GE five burner range.

Comment from Stephen
Time: December 12, 2014, 8:11 pm

Your a LEGEND!!! thanks mate, I have an Eletrolux range which is the same, small screw included, and now a happy wife. Thanks again

Comment from Rodney D. Smedley
Time: December 18, 2014, 3:39 pm

Wow! I bought a new house in June of this year and the new stove and fridge were included. The Whirlpool stove is exactly the same as the one you picture. I was ready to purchase a new stove due to the simmer flame being more like a medium flame on all burners. Did a search not anticipating finding anything useful and clicked your link 1st thing. Thank You Very Much, and my wife Thanks You, you’ve been a help to countless people as is evidenced here in the comments. So, as far as “possibly useful information” I believe this article qualifies as extremely useful information. Thanks Again :)

Comment from Mike
Time: December 20, 2014, 6:50 pm

Same problem here. Simmer flame too high. It is a Bosch set into a counter top. Very small screws are visible on removing the control knobs but it looks like they can only be adjusted by lifting the whole hob clear of the worktop. Am I missing something? Any ideas?

Comment from kevin
Time: December 23, 2014, 10:25 am

Sorry, I’m not familiar with that style of burner. I searched other sites out of curiousity and only found a reference in to “tiny screws in the shelf where the stove knobs mount” for adjusting the simmer flame on a Bosch. Good luck and please share your solution if you find one. Best regards, Kevin

Comment from Simon
Time: December 30, 2014, 12:34 am

Mm thanks. just adjusted our smeg you would think the manufacturers would have that detail in the user manual.

Comment from David
Time: January 1, 2015, 4:54 pm

Wow. Great tech help. I bought this stove to replace an old standby that worked well on top but the oven was shot. 3 years we have place cooktop shuffle because of simmer temps. This worked great.

Comment from Susan
Time: January 4, 2015, 11:44 pm

Thanks! Our old stove after 22 years went out and just put in a new one and couldn’t get a simmer for anything. Tried everything and couldn’t figure out why. I just started checking tonight and yours is my second article; what a Blessing. Thanks and God Bless. Susan from Missouri:-)

Comment from Greg
Time: January 7, 2015, 3:32 pm

This post is now almost 8 years old but still seems g tobe the only source for this information. Odd that manuals don’t included this. Thanks for keep keeping this site alive.

Comment from Nicole
Time: January 9, 2015, 3:04 pm

Hi, I just bought a GE gas stove. Not sure about the model, The only thing that looks like a model number is 31-10897-1 06-13 GE
My question is: is there a way to adjust the flames? They are too big! I do not see a screw where the knob fits..

Comment from Martin
Time: January 10, 2015, 2:46 pm

We have a 20″, bottom-of-the-line, Avanti oven. A metal barrette with the tip cut off worked perfectly as a flat-tipped screwdriver. I was skeptical that it would be strong enough to turn the screw, but it worked perfectly. Save some dough on a specialized screwdriver and put a barrette in with your tools for special projects.

Comment from Rebecca
Time: January 16, 2015, 11:41 am

I can’t wait to go home and see if my GE profile cooktop has these screws – LOVE my new cooktop other than the fact that the flames are just too high! Thank you for the very clear instructions and pictures!

Comment from Dave
Time: January 20, 2015, 1:07 pm

Thanks. Just had a gas stove installed last week, front 2 burners too high, adjusted the flame by these instructions in just a few minutes. As Emiril would say: “happy,happy.”

Comment from jane
Time: January 21, 2015, 9:47 am

i have struggled for a year and a half with this issue….last night i had a beef brisket on the stove that smelled wonderful….until the simmer(still a boil) burned it… i cannot wait to make this adjustment when i get home. maybe my husband will finally get a decently cooked meal!

Comment from Rochelle
Time: January 28, 2015, 12:02 pm

Perfect fix😄 Easy to follow instruction!! Thanks so much.

Comment from Tonia
Time: January 29, 2015, 3:20 pm

Thank you Jenn aire recommended I call a service technician however after googeling and finding your site, my husband quickly found a screwdriver to fit and made adjustments, now we no longer slide the pans half off the burner. Happy cooking now. thanks so much

Comment from Jane
Time: February 7, 2015, 6:34 pm

Thank you so much for your information on how to lower the flame. I have always had an electric stove until 2 years ago. I love my gas stove except I can’t simmer on it. That poses a real problem when I try to make spaghetti sauce or just want to keep something warm. I was always having to turn off the burner for awhile and then start again. It was very frustrating. Thank goodness for your simple solution. You’re a super hero. to many of us with this problem. Pictures and directions were outstanding.

Comment from Susan
Time: February 20, 2015, 8:12 pm

To all above with GE gas ranges, YES! It works — you need that really skinny and long screwdriver (my husband had one in the shop) and it only takes a minute. He adjusted the lower end of the range on all our burners and I am SO HAPPY! I was hating that stove so much, and we were stacking up the black burner grates and then putting cement board on top of that, just to get it so I could make stew. Now we’re cookin’!

Comment from sherry
Time: February 23, 2015, 9:48 pm

Thank you so much for this post! I have been burning everything on my new gas cooktop (hooked up to propane) for over 4 years. My kids will thank you as I haven’t been able to make pancakes for the last 4 years because of this. Thank you so much!!

Comment from Lisa
Time: February 25, 2015, 11:38 am

Thank you so very much. This was very very helpful. Finally got my simmer back.

Comment from Steve
Time: March 4, 2015, 10:49 am

Thank you! I just got a new expensive Samsung range and all the burners are too high to simmer. This after giving a guy $525 to “install” it. Plus he left it perched on top of the counter with its leveling legs floating in air. I’m counting on your advice to fix the simmer problem. Getting some supports under the feet so I can properly level it is going to be harder.

Comment from T. Keenan
Time: March 7, 2015, 6:27 pm

I found a “precision” screwdriver set at Lowes and used the 3/32 which solved the simmer problem in seconds. We tolerated this burner issue for over 8 years and resigned ourselves that’s just how a propane stove works. But thanks to you, we now have a functioning set of burners working the way they were intended to work. Thank you,

Comment from Christine Hall
Time: March 19, 2015, 9:22 am

Let me add my thanks to the bunch. Very well instructed. Pictures are worth a thousand words. I was able to find the adjustment screw much more easily. Thank you!!

Comment from Denise Martin
Time: March 19, 2015, 3:01 pm

I want to thank all who found and wrote on this site. We just purchased a gas stove, did all the conversions, had it set up but like the one comment my husband saw, everything cooked on high. I argued with him and he states I have to get use to it. Finally after much arguing he found this site and now at least three burners work properly. My husband said I was the only one that could find fault with something new, you set him straight. Thanks!!

Comment from G Dang
Time: March 21, 2015, 1:00 pm

You rock! This has been bugging me for years, and it was such a simple adjustment.

Comment from Ash
Time: March 22, 2015, 4:32 am

Thank you. Perfect instruction. Fixed my problem.

Comment from kiki
Time: March 22, 2015, 7:32 pm

You just saved me a fortune. I won’t mention how long I have lived with my expensive dacor range, tolerating the lack of a simmer setting. They included a plate and a trivet to help but they were barely helpful. I was about to give up and replace it. Now I have hope! Thank you!

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