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Re: Piezo ignition, discuss

Postby keithy » Wed 30 Jun, 2021 10:50 am

Ms_Mudd wrote:Had my first piezo malfunction on the weekend!!! It still worked, but didnt 'click' first go a few times each use, it was very cold, does that affect it? I don't think my gas mix was great either


That is interesting. I haven't had problems with my original Kovea igniter nor my DIY igniters below zero - but I've only used them around 0 to -5.

Was the igniter not sparking at all? Usually for not sparking, I found it could be moisture/condensation on the sparking rod or conductive metal sheath. Aside from that the only thing I could think of is damage to the hammer or spring that hits the piezo crystal.

What sort of fuel were you trying to ignite? I generally use mine with propane/butane mix canisters. If using alcohol stoves, I have had difficulty igniting trangia style alcohol stoves in cold temps with igniters.
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Re: Piezo ignition, discuss

Postby Ms_Mudd » Fri 02 Jul, 2021 1:02 am

Yes, no spark at all.

It was a cheaper cannister, will look at the mix tomorrow. Used it the following week in the snow, better cannister (jetboil) and no dramas. Also used the following week at about 2c with no problems. Weird.
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Re: Piezo ignition, discuss

Postby Orion » Thu 29 Jul, 2021 10:42 am

My first Piezo stove (a SnowPeak model) was wonderful. To reach out blindly from my sleeping bag and flick on the stove with one hand seemed like the ultimate in convenience.

But eventually it started acting up. After a while I removed it. Subsequent stoves with piezos were flaky at best. Worked sometimes, not others. Unreliable. Now I simply remove the piezo on a new stove to save weight and frustration. I carry a small Bic lighter and a second as a backup. I can't remember ever needing the backup.

If you have a piezo that works well that's wonderful. Enjoy it. Realize that it's not the norm.
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Re: Piezo ignition, discuss

Postby Lamont » Sun 08 Aug, 2021 10:05 am

Well I've now gone a few months without a Piezo and after Craig's reco went with a handful of mini-bics. Well over a hundred boils and the same mini-bic is still kicking. It means I can carry something much smaller and lighter-BRS3000 or much, much smaller and much lighter-Speedster set up. For most of the year and most of the time -Piezoisanogoandhomeitstays :D
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