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Title: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: fandj on September 25, 2016, 06:28:42 pm
I recently installed the grill ignitor as shown on the link below.  I have not seen mention of a ignitor in the forum other than apparently the 2017 model now includes an ignitor. It sure is convenient to push the button to start instead of trying to find a match or a butane lighter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017AUOGDY/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I attached some photos showing the ignitor electrodes and the placement  of the control button below the sink.  
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Polish Prince on September 25, 2016, 06:38:18 pm
Great Job!!  Looks good and it is probably really convenient.
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Pax on September 27, 2016, 06:14:41 am
Great idea, and nice job.  Adding this to my to-do list!

-   Mike
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: rdalton on October 04, 2016, 11:34:25 am
Nicely done!!

Rob Dalton
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Denny & Barb on October 06, 2016, 07:54:51 pm
Easy to change battery?   Or should one decide on a battery-less unit?
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Pax on October 06, 2016, 08:36:14 pm
I couldn't resist and bought one.  Arrived a couple days ago.  Not installed yet, but the battery is very easy to replace.  In the picture posted by fandj (above) you see the ignition button sticking out.  That button unscrews and the battery slips right in.  Pix below....

Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Denny & Barb on October 07, 2016, 07:50:01 am
Thanks... I thought one would have to replace battery from the back which would be a pain... Well, now I'm am tempted to order one.

Denny
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Ron Dittmer on October 07, 2016, 09:34:09 am
Very nice feature you installed fandj!  I'll have to ask my wife if she would like that.

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Dave @ Lenore on October 07, 2016, 12:05:20 pm
 2o2 On my list of great add ons. Thanks for figuring that out and perfect pictures to follow!

dave
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: fandj on October 08, 2016, 05:44:28 am
Just a little follow up on the battery.  I installed the same type ignitor on a previously owned camping trailer and the AA  Alkaline battery lasted at least 3 years.  It was still working when I sold the unit.  I much prefer the battery type over the piezoelectric type.  The battery type continues to spark as long as you hold the button in whereas the other type is a single spark unit.

I used the single electrode holder provided and cut it in half.  I then attached each half to each burner support.  One word of caution when you are bending the electrode tip to provide the required spark gap is to hold the electrode with needle nose pliers just above the ceramic insulator.  If you try and make the bend by holding the ceramic it will more than likely crack the ceramic and it will spark through the insulator rather than at the burner.  Fortunately I was told this by an RV mechanic who was adjusting the refrigerator ignitor gap on my previous unit.  Usually I have to learn the hard way but by using his warning I was able to make the bend without destroying the ignitor.
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Ron Dittmer on October 13, 2016, 08:39:13 pm
fandj,

We just got back from a trip to New England.  During our trip, I mentioned your electric ignitor to my wife.  She said it would be really nice to have.  I think she will appreciate the battery version you installed rather than pressing and pressing.  I now have one more project for this winter.  I like where you installed the start switch too.

Thanks Again!
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Doneworking on October 18, 2016, 06:45:00 am
Just now seeing these posts and I am ordering today!  By the way, the efficiency of the battery free piezo models seems to decrease with altitude.  Now, I don't know the science behind that statement but it is a pretty well accepted fact among those of us that frequently camp above eight or nine thousand feet.   

Since these things are so relatively inexpensive, it is amazing that most rv stoves don't have them already installed from the manufacturer.

Thanks for the original post and most of all for the pictures of your installation.

Paul
Title: Re: Cooktop Ignitor
Post by: Ron Dittmer on October 18, 2016, 07:39:54 am
I ordered one just now.  Thanks again fandj!