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Unread postAuthor: Lycan » Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:47 pm

Okay, so instead of sifting through the 18 results pages for the item I searched for, I'll just take a chance of getting yelled at...

Where can I get a BBQ lighter (other than extracting it from an actual grill) and about how much will it cost?
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Unread postAuthor: medievalman » Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:53 pm

you can get a bbq ignitor for about $10, and probably at a hardware store that sells grills and spare parts, such as my local ace hardware. another good ignition is a stun gun or you could make a camera flash ignition. the bbq lighter would be the simplest(and cheapest) ignition source, but a stun gun or camera flash ignition would be more powerful and reliable.
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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:57 pm

I actually like BBQ sparkers just because they are simple and there is no batteries or anything like with a stun gun or camera flash and you should be able to find one at home-cheapo or wal-mart. I like your avatar.
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Unread postAuthor: beergut » Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:55 pm

You can also find at Home Depot (errr...cheapo) for about $20 an automatic igniter. They usually take 1 AAA battery and hook up the same as a regular one. I had one on one of my previous cannons and it worked well for about a year, then I dropped the cannon in a pool and it didn't work after that (don't ask... :wink: )
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:21 pm

I like flint lighters because they are more reliable and are easy to put in your gun and look proffesional very easy.
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Unread postAuthor: Lycan » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:31 pm

So, assuming I don't drop it into a body of water, a BBQ lighter should last me quite a while, right?

And...bluetooth and beergut just gave conflicting answers. Does a BBQ lighter take batteries or not?
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Unread postAuthor: nicholai » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:40 pm

some do, some dont, the pushbutton ones do not take a battery, the automatic ones do but you might as well use a stun gun if you are going to use a battery fed ignition
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Unread postAuthor: medievalman » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:46 pm

and it was bluetooth who said it doesn't use batteries, not I.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:51 pm

Lycan wrote:So, assuming I don't drop it into a body of water, a BBQ lighter should last me quite a while, right?

And...bluetooth and beergut just gave conflicting answers. Does a BBQ lighter take batteries or not?

It shoudl last a long time as long as you keep extra flints. and if it get wet just et it dry and it will work.
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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:09 pm

He said BBQ igniter not lantern lighter.
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Unread postAuthor: mark.f » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:52 pm

Here's the scoop... just for those of you who don't know...

As long as you've got a near OK fuel/air ratio, you only need a tiny spark to ignite the mixture. You don't need a 100 kv ignition source rigged to seven 1/4" spark gaps to ignite a near perfect propane/air ratio, (metered).

A BBQ sparker is commonly referring to a piezoelectric plunger-like device with a big red button. They don't need batteries. The charge is produced by converting mechanical to electrical energy by compressing and releasing a crystal.

An electronic "repeating" BBQ sparker is a small electronic circuit that DOES take batteries, and charges a small capacitor and discharges it rapidly through a transformer or two to get enough voltage to jump a (few) spark gap(s).

A lantern igniter is an igniter for a propane lantern or other appliance that mounts through the wall of the lantern or appliance and has a knob on the outside. When the knob is flicked, a flint rubs against a striker wheel on the inside and creates a spark.
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Unread postAuthor: nicholai » Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:41 pm

thanks for saving me the explanation mark :D
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