Guitar string magic??? I just returned from a trip where it would have been handy to run the frig on propane
, but it would not light
. I did a little troubleshooting yesterday and found 1) the wire from the igniter not connected. I was not sure if that was the culprit or if I had inadvertently knocked it off when removing the shroud to the gas collector box. That shroud also was missing the short 1/4" sheet metal screw that holds the cover in place. After purging the lines of air by lighting
the stove first, I tried and failed to light
the frig after reconnecting the igniter wire.
Step 2 - I removed the gas jet at the end of the gas line and had trouble determining if that very fine opening was clear. It appears to have a tiny glass bead in the brass fitting, so it allows light
to pass through even if the orifice is blocked. I use light gauge acoustic guitar strings and always keep a variety of cutoffs for just such handyman chores. These range in size from .012-.053". I found the finest one available and passed it through the orifice but was unsure whether there was some light resistance at first.
Step 3- I reassembled the gas jet onto the end of the gas line and replaced the shroud. The frig lit right away! In discussion with friends, it seems that trips to the shop for the same problem usually result in the answer "we gave it a good cleaning" when questioned about why. I suppose this very fine opening is easily blocked and it certainly will not light without an ignition source. Sometimes, it's the simple stuff!