Where to get piezo igniters? Answered
I have several lighters that I still like, either for their design or intended purpose.
But over the years some failed to produce proper sparks with the piezo.
For some I could salvage replacements from cheap lighters but not so much for the longer ones - the type to get your bbq or oven going.
Here the wire from the igniter is in ne long piece going all the way from the piezo, through the long neck to the flame outlet.
As the wires in those piezo igniters are aluminium it is next to impossible to attach a longer wire as usually there is no room for crimped connections and the isolation is a problem too.
I also have one particular lighter that uses a slightly longer and thicker piezo igniter, the common ones don't work here as they are too short.
Adding more support underneath is a no go as the shorter ones have less travel when activated.
Last but not least is one lighter that requires a piezo with not just the little metal cap at the end but with a full metal body for the stationary part.
The lighter in question does not work with standard types even if I add a little metal strip to make proper contact.
Problem is simply put that like this the standard ones arch over and no spark comes out of the wire.
So big question:
Is there any supplier or Ebay shop where one could actuall see the various types of piezo igniters and order them in small or single quantities?
So far I already struggled to find a source for the crappy standard ones and the only one I found wanted to charge $ 2.95 US per igniter plus postage.
Sounded a bit greedy to me considering I can buy a complete lighter with it for around one single buck...