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How do I intensify the spark on my Whirlpool gas stove igniters? Answered

I have a Whirlpool gas stove. A few months ago a few of the spark igniters started to fail. When I discovered that they cost $30 to $40 to replace, I learned how to make my own. The igniters are not much more than a small copper tube soldered to a wire and imbedded in a clay cylinder. Here is my question: Is there a component that would be the opposite of a resister that would intensify the spark? My knowledge of electronics is rather limited. I will soon share this project on Instructables.


The opposite of a resistor is, unfortunately, an amplifier.

You might want to clean and dry the ignitors thoroughly first?


That's a good place to start. It may also be worth trying to adjust the spark gap.

Or, the easy solution: You can get handheld piezo igniters; they're sometimes used for propane torches. (For that matter, a "butane match" lighter is cheap and commonly available.) Much less convenient but would certainly work.

Do you mean like permanently wired into the stove, or just sitting on the counter, next to the spice rack, in the place where you used to keep the box of matches.  In fact, keeping it loose might be a really good idea, because then, in addition to using it to light the stove, you can still use it for self-defense. 

I mean I can't remember the last time I was attacked in my own kitchen... but, you know,  you can't be too careful.

the component your thinking of would be a capacitor but that wouldn't work with static electricity. if your'e needing a bigger spark you could do something with disposable cameras...

i don't think that parts from disposable cameras will work. better make a flyback driver for it

This link:
shows you the circuit employed by a typical "tick-tick-tick" spark generator for a gas stove. "Tick-tick-tick" is the sound it makes when you hold the button down.

Most of the links in the related panel
that include the words "ignition coil" are for making electric sparks, for fun, or pyromanical purposes. Looking at these instructables might give you some very general ideas concerning techniques by which high voltage pulses are created. Hint: send a current pulse through the primary of a spark coil, and the spark magically appears on the secondary... if you did it right.

Um... the opposite of a resistor... I don't know? Would that be a conductor? Or is that a resistor without resistance? Or maybe you want a component that magically creates energy out of nothing? Makes sparks brighter, the same way some laundry detergents make your socks whiter? Honestly not sure what you're looking for here, but hopefully some of the other links will be helpful.