gas burner will not auto-ignite, help me

Joined Mar 10, 2004
Half of the stovetop burners at work will not ignite. What could be the problem. We have been using barbeque lighters and most recently a flint sparker. Help make me a hero.


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
You've probably got clogged jets. If the top of the burner is removable, remove it. Mine gets a white build up around the jet holes. A dry brush will flake it offf. Be sure to pull out from the burner, not in or back and forth to the keep the burner free from debris.

My area is switching over gas supplies to a lower BTU mix as the high quality sources are running out. I think the extra filler in the gas contributes to the white crud. I didn't used to get it on the old gas mix.

Joined Oct 23, 2003
The old side towel over the burner trick always worked for me ;). As said clean out the burners, maybe call for a tech. to do maintenance and adjust your burners. I also will invert one burner on top of the other and burn it clean.
hth, danny


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Joined Jun 11, 2001
Gee... anyone else have this problem? :D :D

If you have one burner going with a pan on it and then put another big pan on the burner that's not, the burner that's not going will ignite eventually. Stand back while doing this. :D

Here's a good trick. Turn on the burner. With an aluminum pan, strike the cast iron grate at an angle so it creates a spark. Works if you can get it down right.

Joined Dec 4, 2001
Could be your pilot lights need adjusting. They do get knocked out of place with use and sometimes fill up with water or other spills.

What's the other old camping trick? Rub two boy scouts together or something like that? :D

Joined May 26, 2001
Same thing has happened to me a long time ago. My stove still makes that "clickety-clickety-clickety-clickety-click" but only one of the burners lights. Know what? I just keep using the barbecue lighter. Not a big deal, really. (Besides, I found a place where I could get those lighters very cheap. :) )
Joined Mar 9, 2004
I keep some bamboo skewers on the shelf above the open burners.
Our air make up system is notorious for snuffing out the pilots.
Previous line cooks I've employed have turned the burner on and banged a saute pan downhard on the cooktop to ignite the burner, but needless to say, this approach plays **** with the pans as well as everyones nerves on the line. Cheers!

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