Westy stove electronic ignition
I saw a Westy at Syncro Solstice 2017 from British Columbia that
had piezo ignition. I don't remember the person's name.... He
had some other neat mods; I don't remember them either....
But the piezo ignition stuck in my mind, especially since Susie
has trouble with the stick butane lighters.
So I looked around on the web to learn what parts were available.
Then I went to McGuckin's Hardware in Boulder and bought ($12.50):
These are the only parts I used:
Actually I bought two packages because I needed two of the
igniters--the white insulated tube with the electrode sticking
out--with a 90 deg bend. [The principal igniter for a grill
has a long straight electrode that is fitted into a carrier
and installed in the grill.] I needed the "side burner
electrode" which is short and has a 90 deg bend. It fits
the Westy stove space perfectly.
I removed the front panel of the stove.
Here is the inside of the stove:
I wanted to place the igniter so that it didn't cover
the warning message so I decided to put it just to the
left and down from the valve knob.
Here is the front panel before I drilled a 3/4" hole:
Here is the push-button igniter installed:
That was not a good location because of the sheet metal
box around the burners. You can see where I had to cut
and bend some away so the igniter would fit. Better to
have put it at the far left, bottom corner of the panel--
or cover up some of the warning.
I drilled two holes for each electrode and installed
Here is a closeup of one:
I got two stainless steel screws at McGuckin's--40 cents
each. So I'm down $25.80 so far.
Here is the finished installation:
It works flawlessly. Turn on the gas and push the
button and it lights--either burner. To light the
other, turn on the gas and push the button.
Why didn't I do this fifteen years ago?