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Old 18-06-2007, 13:57   #1
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Piezo Ignition

I have a Force 10, 2 burner stove and really like cooking on it better than the stove we have in our home. It has better heat and good flame control.
But.... The piezo ignition is acting up.
Has anyone else had this problem? Are there contact in the controls to clean?
I have cleaned the contact at the battery and also change the battery and it is not there. It seem to be in the control.


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Old 18-06-2007, 14:06   #2
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If there is a battery, it is not Piezo. It is electronic ignition. Unless you are techie and want to get inside, there will little you can do bar replace it. Do check that the hightension lead is dressed correctly, that the spark is not jumping from the insulation to somewhere else and that the spark gap is not too large.
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Older Force Tens had very poor wiring which corroded very quickly. The newer ones are much better. It might help to use a small wire brush to clean the sparking bit at the burners. My old one completely failed after one year in a salty environment. The new one still works pretty good after three years. Try both burner knobs and the oven knob. When you press one knob all of the burners should spark. They are not independent.
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Old 18-06-2007, 17:37   #4
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Thanks to both of you,

Yes I am a tecki kind of guy and when I get the boat back home here where it is closer to my work shop I'll dig into it.
Cleaning the "Sparking Bit" is a good idea...... and an easy one.
It is just one of the knob not working and yes, I hold down the gas on one and ignite with the other. I can do it but my wife cannot but.....better let that one be!

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Some times you can use a fine emery paper to sand the tip of the sparker to get it to work. If some burners work and others don't this can sometimes fix it. Check the docs on your stove as this is listed in mine from 1989.

Personally, I just bought a long extended lighter and don't both any more. Lighting the stove is not that big a deal but you can fix the starter. I do like the force 10 stoves. The last boat had a thermostat and the other one only has a temperature gage, but they both work great after almost 20 years service. Owning two is the only problem I have right now. Not so much two stoves but two boats they reside in.
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