Replace Ignitor With Battery Operated Module For Faster BBG Grill Ignition.

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In the following short video we removed and replaced a push button ignition module in a DCS 48 A-model and a rotary ignition spark generator in a DCS 27 B model and in an old BGB-132 side burner.  This video is very quick, showing how to remove the old igniters, drill the proper size in the proper place in the control panel and how to reinstall the battery operated ignitor module through the barbecue control panel.

Many of the older barbecue grill models had piezo modules which are mechanical spark generators.  The most common piezo modules are the single-spark push button spark generators but the rotary modules that click several times as the knob is turned are also very common.  In barbecues like older DCS models, Lynx, Lazyman another high end barbecues that were manufactured in America of top-quality materials will continue to function well into their second and third decade.  Several clients with these models that will continue repairing the grills for long term cooking have asked us about replacing the old piezo mechanical ignition module with battery controlled modules.  A single battery controlled ignitor module can manage up to eight individual electrodes so that only one button needs to be installed to control all the electrode igniters inside the gas grill.

The new spark generator module is going to work exactly like the older piezo module except the momentary switch on the ignition will keep sending sparks to all the modules plugged into the spark generator for as long as we are holding down the button.  This is definitely more convenient than the mechanical piezo modules.  Also, both the push button piezo and the rotary piezo make a popping sound as they trigger the electrode so it is difficult to listen and tell if the ignitor is sparking.  The battery controlled modules are completely silent so the “popping” sound we hear is telling us the modules is working as the electrodes spark in the barbecue.  Even if all the electrodes are damaged or too dirty to spark we can unplug the electrode wires and test the module by allowing it to arc against itself just like we show at the end of the video showing above.

Got questions?  Need assistance? Contact Majestic Grill Parts with any questions at:

[email protected]

954-2-GRILL-2 ().

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Also, dozens of ignition modules are available on the page located at:

http://www.grill-repair.com/replacemodule.html

original rotary ignition module and the replacement battery operated module

original rotary ignition module and the replacement battery operated module both mounted in the DCS control panel.

 

Rotary piezo and battery modules in control panel

Rotary piezo and battery modules in control panel. we’ll remove the rotary igniters and only use the electronic ignition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCS-132 double side burner with electric module replaced rotary igniter.

DCS-132 double side burner with electric module replaced rotary igniter after we drilled larger hole and installed module onto control panel.

 

 

Staged drilling bits run right through stainless fast and clean and are marked with sizes.

Staged drilling bits run right through stainless fast and clean and are marked with sizes so we can match the hole we need for the electric module installation.

One Thing to remember:

While older electrode wires were made for the older piezo module and have “female” wire attachments that are round just as the piezo spark generators have “male” wire connectors that are round.

When we switch to the electric modules whether we use the “all in one” modules shown in the images and video here or the stronger 9volt modules used by DCS, Viking, Alfresco, etc al, the battery operated spark generators will have flat wire connectors.

As a barbecue grill technician of a few decades experience I have come to be happy with these mis-matched attachments.  I do not change the are connectors.  With the female round wire connection, I squeeze the round wire-adaptor with pliers so the round attachment flattens just slightly.  This way when we press the flat spade into the flattened slot the slot will bend to the width of the insert and be very, very tight.

Contrarily, I use the tip of a flat head screwdriver or the tip of a knife blade to spread the flat female wire connector just enough to fit over the very tip of the round male connector when connecting in the opposite direction.    That way when the two pieces are pressed together the flat female side will bend to the exact dimensions of the inserting round plug which, again makes the connection very tight.

From past experience, I have had wires slip loose too often when I attempt to over-bend the connections to fit more exactly.  Instead, I allow the final bend to happen as the pieces are forced together so they are extra tight.

Got questions?  Need assistance? Contact Majestic Grill Parts with any questions at:

[email protected]

954-2-GRILL-2 ().

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