How to Light a Gas Cooker

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How to Light a Gas Cooker
Gas cookers use electronic ignition systems to light the gas for cooking. (altrendo images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Modern gas cookers use an electronic ignition switch rather than a pilot light to light the gas for cooking. This means you can light your gas cooker with the touch of one button instead of using several matches or a flint lighter. Of course, you still have the option to light the gas cooker by hand with matches or a flint lighter if the ignition switch does not work the first time.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Matches or flint lighter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the gas regulator valve by pushing it in and turning it to a low setting.

  2. 2

    Push the ignition switch once.

  3. 3

    If the gas cooker does not light on the first try, close the gas regulation valve for one minute by pushing in on it and turning it back to the "Off" position.

  4. 4

    Open the gas regulation valve, set it a bit higher than you did on the first lighting attempt, and push the ignition switch again.

  5. 5

    Light the gas with a match or a flint lighter if the gas cooker does not light when you push the ignition switch again.

Tips and warnings

  • The ignition switch may automatically produce a spark when the electricity is turned back on after a power outage.
  • Do not leave the gas regulator valve open for more than a minute while you are trying to light the gas cooker. This can result in an explosion and serious burns.

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