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Where to get Electric BBQ ignitors?

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Where to get Electric BBQ ignitors?

Unread postAuthor: Kufive » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:38 pm

Im in the process of building/planning out a propane powered spud gun and wanted a repeating spark. Stun guns are an option but i have seen some guns with electric bbq ignitors/starters and I was wondering where you get them?
I have looked all over the internet/forums and have come up with nothing. so if you have used one or even know where i could get one your answer will be greatly appreciated! :D
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:46 pm

I bought mine at Canadian Tire for about $25. Any store that sells grills should carry them, if they don't have one in stock just ask them to order one in for you.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:01 pm

Here is one for $20.
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Unread postAuthor: Kufive » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:14 pm

Finally found one here.... Here

Which do you think would be better?
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Unread postAuthor: f.c » Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:24 pm

i want one also. anyone know how much power they put out ?
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:40 pm

SpudBlaster15 wrote:I bought mine at Canadian Tire for about $25. Any store that sells grills should carry them, if they don't have one in stock just ask them to order one in for you.


Same here. Dunno how American hardware stores work, though.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:10 pm

Kufive wrote:Finally found one here.... Here

Which do you think would be better?


Hard to say for sure. The Olympian you linked to is unknown to me. The page says it is a "continuous piezoelectric spark" which suggests to me that it has a motor driven hammer that is smacking a piezo element. (It also has a light bulb to help see back into the appliances that it is designed to light.)

Since it has a piezo element and a battery it is different than the more common battery operated ignitors which basically use a camera flash type circuit.

I would think it could be hacked pretty easily, particularly if the case is screwed together, which it looks like it is.

Unscrew the case and remove the long metal tube. There will be a small insulated wire that runs the length of the tube, that is one of the wires you'll run to your spark gap. The other wire is the metal tube itself. With the case open you should be able to find the wire the tube is connected to and make your connection there. The metal tube can be discarded and the two wires passed through the hole the tube went through.

Some info on the GM12;
* Designed exclusively for igniting gas appliances.
* No butane to refill.
* Continuous ignition piezo electric sparker assures a large and immediate continuous spark.
* Automatic illumination micro-light and curved nozzle make tough lighting jobs easy.
* Uses one C battery (included).

The Cabela's price, $19.99 + $4.95 shipping, looks pretty good. Other places have the same lighter for $22~$30.

Looks like a very interesting lighter. If you do get one it, and it works like you want, it would make a great "How to".
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Unread postAuthor: Kufive » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:35 pm

Thanks for the info jimmy...ill be getting one when i get paid next and when i have time...prob in the next couple weeks...Ill be sure to take pictures while Im taking it apart and rebuilding it and if it does work ill be sure to make a "How To"!
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Unread postAuthor: PVC Arsenal 17 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:20 pm

jimmy101 wrote:
Kufive wrote:Some info on the GM12;
* Designed exclusively for igniting gas appliances.
* No butane to refill.
* Continuous ignition piezo electric sparker assures a large and immediate continuous spark.
* Automatic illumination micro-light and curved nozzle make tough lighting jobs easy.
* Uses one C battery (included).

The Cabela's price, $19.99 + $4.95 shipping, looks pretty good. Other places have the same lighter for $22~$30.

Looks like a very interesting lighter. If you do get one it, and it works like you want, it would make a great "How to".


I've been looking at that for ages... still don't know why I never bought it.
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