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How long do BBQ sparkers last?

Unread postAuthor: elstevedore » Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:36 pm

Can any one tell me about how many times you can use a BBQ sparker before it stops sparking? I'm taking my cannon out of town this weekend and want to know if I should bring a spare, or maybe just put in a fresh one before I leave.

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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:38 pm

Cigarette lighters use the same piezo unit, I've never had one stop sparking, still, what's wrong with having a spare.
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:10 pm

they theoreticly never fail. they get weak but dont fail simply because you are using it. ofcource, nothing lasts forever.

ive had the same one for about 2 years and it still works.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:49 pm

They might break eventually if you expose it to the combustion, or drop it, or intentionally smash it, but they're pretty durable, and I've never had one wear out either.
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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:16 am

I've gotten over a year pretty consistently on home depot brand replacement grill igniters ($9.99). When my current one fails, I'll track down a battery-powered repeating grill igniter or a cheap taser. You might want to go that route right off the bat...

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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:15 am

Piezoelectric igniters will never wear out, so long as the quartz crystal inside does not shatter, or the hammer mechanism breaks in some way, etc.

Speaking of battery powered repeating grill igniters, I buy igniters capable of producing 10 sparks per second brand new for $4.94 Canadian.
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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:05 am

SpudBlaster15 wrote:Speaking of battery powered repeating grill igniters, I buy igniters capable of producing 10 sparks per second brand new for $4.94 Canadian.


Yeah? Mind if I ask where? And do they ship to the States?

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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:06 am

God I want one.
What kind of voltage?
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:46 am

I buy them Here, and I don't know if they ship to the states, or if the igniters are even on their website.
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Unread postAuthor: rebalgray » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:16 pm

I found this site that has repeaters. They are high. You might as well buy a stun gun.
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http://www.grillstuff.com/battery-power ... uctid=1716
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:52 pm

Pete Zaria wrote:I've gotten over a year pretty consistently on home depot brand replacement grill igniters ($9.99). When my current one fails, I'll track down a battery-powered repeating grill igniter or a cheap taser. You might want to go that route right off the bat...

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Tasers probably fail at least as often as do piezo sparkers. There have been a fair number of posts here, and at the old Spudtech forum, asking for help repairing failed stunguns.
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Unread postAuthor: Bubba05 » Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:59 am

I have seen them cooked before. coz the bloke wouldnt let the gun cool down between shots. and after a while they do stop working. I normaly get about 200 shots outa them.

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Unread postAuthor: dongfang » Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:45 am

Hi

Well there must be a reason that they are so often sold as spares for BBQs... as if they really wear out over time. Or, they get dirty or rust, and fail.

I would get a spare, and just keep it in the original packing and keep the receipt .. can't you return it to the store ('eeeeh, we decided to scrap the BBQ instead, so I don't need it') if not needed?

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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:19 pm

dongfang wrote:Well there must be a reason that they are so often sold as spares for BBQs... as if they really wear out over time. Or, they get dirty or rust, and fail.


Yes they do wear out eventually. The piezo element itself should last nearly forever, it is the mechanics of the hammer that fail. The spring, hammer and escapement mechanism appears to be what fails.
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Unread postAuthor: f.c » Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:11 pm

ive had them die quite quickly. my tip is treat them with respect and theyll look after you.
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