Bayou Classic Control Valve

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by smokie bill, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. smokie bill

    smokie bill Fire Starter

    I, too, have trouble getting my Masterbuilt Pro smoker down to low temps.  I ordered the Bayou Classic needle valve to install on the regulator coming off of the propane tank.  When I went to unscrew the hose from the regulator, I find that there is no hex surface to clamp on to to unscrew the hose.  It appears that the hose & the regulator are one together.  Someone told me that that is called a pivotal connection so that the hose won't get in a bind if the regulator has to be turned at an odd angle.  I'm not sure about that.  The hose on my Char-Broil Big E-Z has a nut-like base to put a wrench on to unscrew it from the regulator.

       Does anyone know how to get the hose off of the regulator?  Or am I going to have to go out & purchase a whole new regulator/hose?  I am assuming that it is best to put the needle valve coming out of the regulator & not where the hose is connected to the burner on the bottom of the smoker.  That would be a real pain to deal with.

  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    If you can't get the hose off the regulator, which if you do the threads might not be right anyway (ask me how I know) then just cut the hose, get 2 hose barbs and 2 hose clamps. Screw the barbs into the needle valve then slide the hoses on and clamp them. A lot cheaper than a new regulator. Here's some pictures and a good explanation of the needle valve:

    It's all low pressure so nothing to worry about, mine has been like this for over a year and not one problem.

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