So, Friday after work I went to the dealer where I bought my Mt Vernon (non AE) a few years back. Told him I would like to buy a new ignitor. He insisted that I do not need an ignitor if it is glowing. He said I was probably not getting enough pellets in the initial dump, and to open up the gate all the way and try it for a few days. Over the weekend, I had 1 misfire, but the outside temps were really warm and the stove didn't work much. The one time it misfired, there were plenty of pellets in the pot. IGNITOR???? I don't want to waste $50 if I don't need to. The guy I talked to at the store is a young guy, but seems to be quite familiar with the stoves. What does your experience say? Have you encountered such a thing as a "weak ignitor"? He insists that there is no such thing, it either works or it don't.