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Posted: 11/21/20 07:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ajriding wrote:

I just assumed the reason for no igniter in the oven is due to how hot it gets in the oven. Unlike a BBQ where the ignitor is under the unit and out in the open air, the oven is enclosed and the burner is right there. The underneath section of the oven gets hotter than the cooking compartment of the oven. How much heat can an ignitor take before it burns up?

Same for your stove and your hot water heater, the ignitor is not enclosed with the flame.

For you that have installed one yourself, has it lasted?

The trick to lighting an oven is to hold the lighter flame under the thermocoupler so it lets gas flow to the burner, not just the pilot light - then you are lighting the burner where a lot of gas is flowing out, but you also have to turn the oven to the Low setting. You can decide if this is safe for you or not as I am not interested in opinions of course. I do this all the time.


ours has been in the trailer 10 years and we use the oven probably 30+ times/year at least.

The one we got has the one ignitor with a high temp sheathing on the wire. It probably doesn't get as hot as the ignitor in our grill for the IR burner for the rotisserie, which is where the high temp ignitor wire goes. Ignitor can take temps way higher than the oven or grill will produce, it's the wire insulation that one needs to worry about. And there will be only 1-2 inches of wire in the oven, while the whole assembly has the high temp insulation.


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I have a '92 Magic Chef. The pilot light is so faint i can hardley see it when it's lit. I have accidentally left it on after a tank change. It discharges so little gas i can't smell it. My guess is if you left it on all the time it would take years use a tank of gas.

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I too used an old grill p-zapper and put it on my oven pilot light… It works great. Craig

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ajriding wrote:

I just assumed the reason for no igniter in the oven is due to how hot it gets in the oven.

I always assumed it’s because having a striker inside a closed compartment that may have built up gas was a bad idea.

* This post was edited 11/22/20 12:04am by wnjj *

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wnjj wrote:

ajriding wrote:

I just assumed the reason for no igniter in the oven is due to how hot it gets in the oven.

I always assumed it’s because having a striker inside a closed compartment that may have built up gas was a bad idea.


There are several RV gas ovens with spark ignitors, they just aren't units that are commonly installed by RV mfg.

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Posted: 11/22/20 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ajriding wrote:

How much heat can an ignitor take before it burns up?

I frequently do a baked potato at 425F for over an hour and it hasn't been an issue. I did cover the oven igniter wire with heat shielding.

ajriding wrote:

For you that have installed one yourself, has it lasted?

It's been over 2 years and has worked flawlessly.


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Regarding the "Because of hot hot it gets"

The ignightor itself is a piece of metal wrepped in Ceramic capable of withstanding temps that would literally melt the oven.. It is mounted by a steel bracket to whatever it connnects to. the wire is insulated with something like Teflon and 400-500-600-700-800 more is now sweat No it's not the heat.

it's the dollar it might cost.


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Posted: 11/23/20 05:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I added an igniter to an oven.......got it at Home Depot......made for a barbeque grill...was easy install and very cheap. Took a couple hours but worked great!


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