Propane Grill Igniter Tip

The grilling season is upon us! Here's something you must know about your grill's propane igniter button: Don't buy a new one until you try this first!


Collect these items:

  • Small putty knife to ease out the igniter button
  • needle nose pliers
  • small square of old green scrubby pad
  • 1 tsp. Boraxo
  • 1 tsp. washing soda
  • 2 oz. water
  • a shot glass, or similar to put the solution in
  • 1 old toothbrush
  • vinyl gloves.

Turn OFF your propane tank. A grenade has nothing on a propane bottle! Remove the spade connectors from your main grill area and also, any auxiliary burners on your grill.

Take a careful look at the igniter button and carefully remove it from the grill body. Yikes! DO NOT click the igniter while it is in your hands!

Use a set of needle nose pliers and gently remove the spade connector from the bottom of the ceramic igniter.

Put on your vinyl gloves, just in case the mix is too caustic for your skin! At the sink, use a toothbrush or worn out green scrubby pad and the mixture of boraxo and washing soda and remove all of the grease.


Rinse thoroughly in warm/hot water and let dry in the sun. Reassemble. Mount on grill (same as removal directions, in reverse :) . Re-attach propane to grill.

Voila! Click your "New" Igniter Switch! You have saved your family $10.00 or more by not buying yet another replacement button! (Do NOT kick yourself for purchasing other ones in the past!) Your "new" igniter switch can last just about indefinitely!

Happy Grilling, JoAnn

Source: The few brain cells of mine that are still firing :D

By Jane from Baltimore, Maryland

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Oops! Forgot something! Please use the hottest water you can handle for your cleaning solution. The powders will dissolve and clean much better!

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