P43 igniter lifespan

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Teddyb

New Member
Jul 3, 2019
20
Cincinnati
Going on 5 year,always have it on auto,it cycles on and off alot,always keep it clean,just curious how long do they normally last,thinking about replacing it this summer. Thanks guys
 

jackman

Minister of Fire
Jan 15, 2013
618
Oregon
Mine has been going for about 10 years but I don't run my stove in Auto. I would wait for it to go dead before replacing it.
 

dw06

Member
Nov 15, 2010
198
SW Pa
Just finished the 11th winter on mine. Thought it needed replaced last year, so bought one to replace it. while taking it out a bunch of fine ash was on top, so cleaned it out and put it back in still working. Now I clean it better and tap burn pot to make sure it is cleaned out. So it was operator error in this case :(
At least I have a spare now.
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
Just finished the 11th winter on mine. Thought it needed replaced last year, so bought one to replace it. while taking it out a bunch of fine ash was on top, so cleaned it out and put it back in still working. Now I clean it better and tap burn pot to make sure it is cleaned out. So it was operator error in this case :(
At least I have a spare now.
Hit it with can of compressed air.. gets all the tiny ash bits out..
 

railfanron

Minister of Fire
Nov 2, 2013
558
Perry MI
Got 5 years out of mine running on room temp auto 99% of the time.
Ron
 

bogieb

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2014
2,904
South Central NH
Haven't had to replace either of my igniters. The P43 is on run off a thermostat 99% of time (when it starts firing up while it is still in shut down mode, I turn it to stove temp). The P61a used to be on room temp for about 75% of the time, but since I put it on a thermostat it's been run from the thermostat full time. However, the last two winters have been a bit milder than usual, so that could change down the road.

I did get a spare igniter a couple of years ago, just in case. As long as I can remember where that is at, I'm pretty much guaranteed that I'll never need it ;)
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
Haven't had to replace either of my igniters. The P43 is on run off a thermostat 99% of time (when it starts firing up while it is still in shut down mode, I turn it to stove temp). The P61a used to be on room temp for about 75% of the time, but since I put it on a thermostat it's been run from the thermostat full time. However, the last two winters have been a bit milder than usual, so that could change down the road.

I did get a spare igniter a couple of years ago, just in case. As long as I can remember where that is at, I'm pretty much guaranteed that I'll never need it ;)
so explain to me how your thermostat keeps ignitor from being used as opposed to the room mode temp probe having to use the ignitor..
little confused here..unless your themostat keeps it from totally shutting off? or your using stove mode/?
 

bogieb

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2014
2,904
South Central NH
so explain to me how your thermostat keeps ignitor from being used as opposed to the room mode temp probe having to use the ignitor..
little confused here..unless your themostat keeps it from totally shutting off? or your using stove mode/?
It doesn't.

Obviously what I wrote was confusing and I should have just left off any explanation of my set up - I certainly didn't mean to imply that it was "saving" my igniter. Either way they both use the igniters quite a bit during the winter months.
 

Tonyray

Minister of Fire
It doesn't.

Obviously what I wrote was confusing and I should have just left off any explanation of my set up - I certainly didn't mean to imply that it was "saving" my igniter. Either way they both use the igniters quite a bit during the winter months.
Ok.. thought maybe u found a secret Hack or something lol... all good..
 
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SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
I don't have one, I'm a gelled firestarter person....lol But, I'd always have a spare on hand as stuff like that always fails at a bad time.

I keep spare ignitors with all my high efficiency propane furnaces, just in case. Don't need my renters freezing their you know what's off and me getting midnight calls.