Igniter life?

stmar Posted By stmar, Oct 6, 2017 at 6:38 PM

  1. stmar

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    How long does your igniter usually last on average? Note stove model and igniter. Just curious, trying to figure if my alternative power has any effect.
    Mine usually lasts 3 years, the super igniter lasted 4 so not that big a deal.
    Stove = Whitfield P30
    Super igniter = 13-1117
    Standard igniter = 12150213
     
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  2. johneh

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    Enviro ef 3
    2002 model (15 years old)
    original igniter
    only thing ever replaced was a combustion fan
    burn between 4 and 5 ton a year
     
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  3. stovelark

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    Enviro ignitors tend to last long- both of mine from 2009 are on original equipment, except I changed the convection blower last season on my Empress, it was getty noisy- have it as a backup. It varies from Mfr to Mfr...
     
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  4. railfanron

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    Harman P43 4 years old going into 5th season. Runs on room temp auto 95% of the time and still on the original.
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  5. Jake86

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    My Castle Serenity pellet stove igniter lasted 2 years. Used the igniter quite a bit: on and off. Had it professionally replaced. expensive fix. Estimate 200+ cycles on and off.
     
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  6. glockshooter

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    Harman Accentra, got to be 10 years+. On my second igniter.
     
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  7. dw06

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    Harman P43 bought in dec 2010, still original igniter.
     
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  8. h2ochild

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    England Stove Works PDVC's, two stoves, original igniters going on 6th season
     
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  9. kilogulf59

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  10. zrock

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    Good to know. Does not make me feel so bad about spending money on a new one... now spending 200 on the burn pot is a different story...lol

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  11. stmar

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    The Whitfield igniter is not finned like Kilo referenced, it is just a metal rod and I found one for about $35 so not bad even if it lasts only a year or two. Last few were well over $100 each. Are the Harman igniters finned?
     
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  12. kilogulf59

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    Yes...reference the link in my post above.
     
  13. Tonyray

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    the link you have is a good place to buy harman ignitors...
    but, be aware of the ones selling for around 39.00..
    they look identical but are Asian knockoffs.. I, DUMMY :eek: ] bought one and the white sheathing wore off within a few months or longer and in cleaning out the ignitor compartment..'Fingering the ash out as we say,
    i must have pushed the 'now' bare wire against the metal wall and blew it and the 6amp fuse...
    should be paying around 70.00 or so for the better made ones....
    [might have been me that posted that link in another thread].....
    btw:
    watched a video from same site a couple times and ended up being very easy to replace..
     
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  14. stellep

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    3 igniters in 20 years. Probably due soon.
     
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  15. Ssyko

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    5 stoves, zero igniters 17yrs on quad, 15yrs on breckwell. Lopi and earth are manual, 13yrs on 25pdvc
     
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  16. UpStateNY

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    10 years Harman Advanced replaced igniter one time about 3 years ago.

    Currently I have to clean out the clinker hard chunks before the igniter will work.

    The few times the igniter fails to restart the flame and I see the pellets close to flowing over I use this bad boy.

    MAP-Pro Gas Torch
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  17. GeHmTS

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    I have the same problem as you. It generally works after I vacuum out the igniter area, but it's still a pain that it doesn't work as advertised. I'm forced to burn 24/7 in room temp manual to keep the fire going.
     
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  18. kilogulf59

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    So, based upon what I'm reading here, the igniter could go out today or when mammoths walk the earth again???
     
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  19. Ssyko

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    Yeah pretty much lmao
     
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  20. stellep

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    Last time mine went out, I developed great skill in lighting the stove with hand sanitizer. No issue for me while I wait for the part.
     
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  21. jp99

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    Yeah, I think we see average values for times to replace items, and there are wide ranges of variation around them. In 10 years of owning my PC45 all I've replaced is a vacuum switch (known to be a bad batch in 2006-8) and my distribution blower. Not even replaced any door gaskets as they are still tight.
     
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  22. Jack Morrissey

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    Quad Castille insert, still going strong after 10 plus years
     
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