*WARNING* -- If you smell a strong odor of gas, immediately get out of your house and shut your propane tank or natural gas service off. If you do not feel comfortable with lighting your pilot light please contact a qualified technician. Chimney Techniques, Inc. (360) 532-5959
How to light your pilot light
-Locate the gas valve under or on the appliance. On the gas valve there is a knob labled off, on, and pilot. Turn this knob to the pilot position where it can be depressed. Pushing the knob in allows gas to flow through the valve. Now locate the piezo or striker. This is a cylindrical button that when pushed in makes a clicking sound. This button causes a spark which ignites the pilot light.
-While pushing in on the gas valve knob with one hand, begin pressing the stiker with the other. Keeping an eye on the location of the pilot light, begin pressing in on the striker every couple of seconds until the pilot light is a constant flame. When the pilot light is lit, stop pressing the striker but continue to hold in on the gas valve knob. Releasing the knob before the thermo pile or thermocouple heats up will cause the gas valve to close and the pilot light to go out. (This is a safety mechanism that shuts the valve off if the pilot light were to go out) If this happens, simply begin the process again. After twenty to thirty seconds you should be able to release the gas valve knob and the pilot will remain lit. You can then turn the gas valve to the on position.
NOTE: The valve in the image may or may not look exactly like your stove's gas valve, but they should all have similar parts. You may also see a fan rheostat (speed control) near the valve.
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