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Old 06-29-2015, 10:36 PM   #1
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Lighting the stove

My wife's arthritis in her hand is giving her problems using virtually any wand lighter to light the trailer's stove. Non childproof lighters are no longer manufactured, and the "safety" top wheels on all lighters are the main source of her problems. Anyone out there come up with an easier way to light the stove?

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Old 06-29-2015, 10:42 PM   #2
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One can no longer twist off the safety shield from Bic lighters with pliers?? Ok.

Long wood matches? Either 3" or the 8" variety might do too. I am guessing at lengths here.


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Old 06-29-2015, 10:46 PM   #3
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My wife's arthritis in her hand is giving her problems using virtually any wand lighter to light the trailer's stove. Non childproof lighters are no longer manufactured, and the "safety" top wheels on all lighters are the main source of her problems. Anyone out there come up with an easier way to light the stove?
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Here's an untested thought: I bought a click-type ignitor for a grill we had in the back yard that was hard to light with matches in the wind. I picked it up in the BBQ/grill parts section of Home Depot. Perhaps a "Mod" is in order for the stove.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:51 PM   #4
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Keep meaning to get a simple spark generator like the Gas Co. uses when they are testing your appliances. The butane lighters are a PITA to get a flame- especially it seems when it is cold in the morning and you need coffee!

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Bruce,
As a last resort, you could replace the stove with one that some Escape owners have which does not require the use of a lighter.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:06 PM   #6
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I believe the lighters sold at Costco in packs of three are not child-proof.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:10 PM   #7
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I agree with BCNomad...wooden matches would be the trick.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:16 PM   #8
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The answer to some problems really is more power... in this case, battery power:
Camco GM12 Continuous Ignition Multi-Sparker
No butane at all, and no pulling a trigger hard enough to snap a piezo crystal to make a spark.

I have one; it worked pretty well for anything you can get the end right into... until it was left too long with a battery in it and the battery failed and corroded the inside.
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Matches work but the sulfur smell is awful.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:35 PM   #10
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My wife's arthritis in her hand is giving her problems using virtually any wand lighter to light the trailer's stove. Non childproof lighters are no longer manufactured, and the "safety" top wheels on all lighters are the main source of her problems. Anyone out there come up with an easier way to light the stove?

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Why not just light the stove for her?
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:39 PM   #11
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Why not just light the stove for her?
I thought of that one, but decided I didn't want to be the smart ass that said it.

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Bruce,
As a last resort, you could replace the stove with one that some Escape owners have which does not require the use of a lighter.
And this type would be? Not having to light one sounds ideal to me as my tendonitis might not like lighting it if it requires a lot of pressure. And I'd be traveling w/o many times.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:10 AM   #12
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How about installing a piezo push button ignitor? You know, the kind used on propane barbecues. There's quite a number of folks on FiberglassRV that have installed these. You can get everything you need at a big box hardware store.
Here's one link: I got spark - Fiberglass RV
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:12 AM   #13
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I installed this battery igniter: Amazon.com : GrillPro 20620 Electric Push Button Igniter : Grill Igniters : Patio, Lawn & Garden

I have the stainless cooktop and I drilled a hole near each burner to mount the spark electrode. Others have made brackets to hold the electrode. Electronic Stove Ignitor - Fiberglass RV

For lots of hits just Google: RV stove igniter
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I've volunteered to light it for her, but she wants to be able to do it for herself. The Camco unit may be the easiest solution. Thanks all.

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Dad warned me never to play with matches. But, I still use them.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:32 PM   #16
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Get some bamboo skewers and a bic lighter. Use the lighter to light one end of the skewer, stick the skewer in to where the pilot light is, turn on the gas and voila, you have flame. One skewer can be used for lots of lightings.

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