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Old 03-19-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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How to use the ignitor on the indoor stove?

We bought our 23LB a year ago and used it last summer for the first time. We have the knob on the stove that is supposed to ignite the burners when the gas is turned on. We turned the gas on the burner and kept turning the knob so that it kept clicking but the burner would not light. I'm afraid to leave the gas on too long while it's trying to light. Can anyone tell me how to use it? Not sure if I'm doing something wrong or it's just not working.

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Old 03-19-2016, 09:20 PM   #2
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Very possible that the gas line has gotten air into it over the winter.

Suggest you get a butane lighter and hold it next to the burner, and let it run until it lights. It could take a minute or two until you get propane to the burner.

Once you've got propane to the burner, it should light normally.

Note that if this is the problem, you may also have to try to light off the water heater and furnace a few times until the gas gets through the lines to them, too. (Unfortunately, you can't use a butane lighter on those!)

UPDATE - It goes without saying that you should also make sure the gas is turned on at the tanks. Your propane regulator may also have locked up. See post #14 here about resetting it:

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Old 03-20-2016, 07:51 AM   #3
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I'm sorry, but I must have explained it incorrectly. Our stove lights fine when we use a butane lighter on it. My question was how to get it to light using the igniter knob on the stove. It would be much easier than using the butane lighter.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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Lift the top of the stove up and check to see if the wire has fallen off the igniter, ours did that all the time.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:09 AM   #5
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We have always just used a 11" butane lighter instead of the clicker. I've never liked lighting the stove with the clicker. Even with a new unit.
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:36 AM   #6
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electric BBQ starter

I removed the clicker style starter and replaced it with a BBQ electric starter from wally world. Very easy task. Cost about $15

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Ditto on checking the wires from the ignitor to the burners. Two of ours were not inserted in the ignitor sockets when we lifted the stove pan under the burners. We also have a butane lighter for campfires.
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Also try one of the other burners and turn the knob real fast. later RJD
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:58 AM   #9
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DDC and Hikerbob are probably the solution to your problem. I've also had wires fall off the electrode terminal under the burner top. You want to have fun? Hold the end of the wire while you're clicking the ignitor....that'll tell you for SURE is you're getting a spark.
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:11 PM   #10
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Thanks, everyone! I'll check it out when we get to the camper the next time. Hopefully I can get the top of the stove lifted up. Is it difficult?

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