Re your stove, do you piezo?

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    Here's a new topic idea. How do you light your gas stove?

    I recently started, and stopped, using a piezo.

    I didn't have much choice in the matter as my MSR piezo just stopped working. It worked for only 1 1/2 trips. It was great when it worked but it was a good thing I had a fire steel in my kit on my last trim as it's very hard to light a gas stove in the wind with a Bic lighter. The fire steel is how I used to light my old stove and I now believe it's a must have item if I plan to use my gas stove.

    So, how do you guys light your gas stoves and what has been the most reliable?
     
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    My Jetboil is my only stove with a piezo out of a mountain of stoves. I use it because it's there, but I don't trust it or rely on it. I'm a "one is none, two is one" kinda guy..................EXCEPT when it comes to fire starting, where I typically carry about five different methods even though I only use one.

    IMO the piezo button is handy, but I don't go out of my way to get one. My Gigapower doesn't have one, and I'm glad to have saved $10 in the process.
     
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    MSR piezo's are notoriously faulty from what I've heard from the backpacking community. There isn't one on my Pocket Rocket so I don't have to worry about it, I just use my zippo. Never had a problem with the piezo on my Jetboil or my Primus backpacking lantern. However, I always have a lighter just in case.
     
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    I just bought a jetboil zip specifically becuse it does not have one. I just don't trust them that much . I know my fire steel will spark every time . Saved 20 bucks in the process
     
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    I've gone to using a file at the very end of the ferro rod , it lasts longer and showers lots of spark.
    I like to carry a file any way just for GP.
     
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    I'll have to try the file trick. It never occurred to me, but sounds like it'd create huge showers of sparks.
     
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    I've learned over the years not to depend on Piezo ignition...most of the time I use a lighter or matches. It's known that it begins to become unreliable around 7000 feet in elevation. I had two brand new Snow Peak stoves fail to ignite while my buddy's cheap butane tabletop stove fired up every time. Both stoves fired up fine piezo when I got home...and are still working at sea level.

    That's also why I prefer flint wheel lighters.
     
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    Bic. Getcha one.
     
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    Mini bic or fire steel. My Kovea spider stove came with a separate piezo sparker, but I already carry the other 2 and could not justify carrying it. Seemed to only have that single purpose which was already covered.
     
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    If I bring the stove with piezo, I use it


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    They are really easy to light with a ferro rod, which I always have on me. It wouldn't bother me if my piezo stopped working on my $6 stove, but it hasn't so far after about 3.5 years.
     
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    Wood match.
     
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    Mini Bic, Bic, or wood match. For my liquid fuel stoves, I dip the tip of a stick in fuel and ignite the stick first to light the stove.
     
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    No piezo. Bic or firesteel.
     
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    No piezo. They always die on me at the worst time. If I have a stove I have room for a BBQ/fireplace lighter or two.


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    I recommend bringing a backup to the piezo!
     
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    I use the piezo as long as it Works (it is after all Integrated with the stove).
    But I always have a "backup" (matches or lighter), as it is very hard to light a fire With the piezo igniter on the stove.
     
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    My stove didn't come with one, and after seeing the piezo fail on my home gas grill, I'll stick with more reliable fire sources. I backpack with waterproof matches, a magnesium striker, and a Bic lighter.
     
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    The only thing i piezo is hollowbody pickups.
     
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    Wifes 2 burner Coleman out on our deck counter has the Piezo button, and it shoots a spark from the igniter tip to the burner head (Maybe 1/4" or less) with no problem, however I have to occasionally scratch through the rust on the burner head for the park to actually light the burner. She has a long neck Bic lighter hanging near the stove for when the Piezo won't light burner.
    So to answer the question, we use a Long neck Bic.
     
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    My little Soto Windmaster stove is wonderful. Escpecially because of the built in ignition. Makes for a great kit in harsh weather when I need to boil anything quick.
     
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    Like most others, my experience with piezo igniters are less than ideal. When I used to use a cannister stove, I removed the igniter from it, as it died within the first month of use. The only compressed gas stove I use now is my gas grill....and that piezo hasnt worked since the first year I bought it. I use strike anywhere matches for that (I should get some fireplace ones, for the reach)
     
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    my Giga Ti stove is going on 9 years old and came with a piezo ignitor; I was a little skeptical at first, but nine years later and 100's of lights, my opinion has changed- it's still going strong and have used it up to 12,000' w/o a hitch

    I always carry a mini Bic (and a small firesteel attached to my knife) if it ever quits working, but knock on wood, it's still going strong
     
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    I have a Jetboil and an MSR pocket rocket. The Jetboil piezo only works half the time, so I always have a lighter
     
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    Bic lighter IMG_20140425_174711003.jpg
     
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    I've got an el Cheapo Amazon isobutane stove. I've used it for several trips (and have even allowed boy scouts to use it) and the piezo still works. That said, I always have a fire steel and a bic just in case.
     
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    I am glad this thread popped up again. Thanks for that tip!
     
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    Bic lighter or fero rod
     
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    you could say they are a "piezo" crap....
    sorry, had to do it.
     
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    I see what you did there.
     
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