I don't use the igniter. I fill a mason jar with pellets and squirt just enough charcoal lighter fluid to saturate all when shaken and keep it on hand for lighting. It only takes the equivalent of a handful or two in the pot...lay a match on it...close door and start stove in manual. The fire spreads across and takes off every time. On heat level 1: auger trim setting high will also light up light #5, auger trim setting low will light up light #4, and auger trim on "normal" you will only see the #1 light on.