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DiningDiva May 30, 2010 02:41 PM

The electronic ignition on my Webber Genesis is kaput and the minimal instructions for fixing it I found on their web page aren't particularly thorough or helpful. I need to use the grill tomorrow. I'm pretty sure the eletronic ignition can be by passed in order to get it started. My question is, what's the safest way to do it? Thx.

  1. c oliver May 30, 2010 03:56 PM

    Long fireplace matches.

    1. jfood May 30, 2010 04:06 PM

      jfood has used the long butane filled candle lighter. Light the lighter place along the front inside of the grill and then turn the gas on. Please do not do this in reverse.

      BTW - jfood has replaced 4 igniters in his life and the directions are a little vague but just keep telling yourself others have done it and keep going.

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      1. re: jfood
        alanbarnes May 30, 2010 05:04 PM

        Yep. There's a small (3/4" diameter?) hole on the front of the firebox. Insert a match / lighter / other ignition source, turn on the gas to the front burner, and wait for ignition. The middle burner will ignite off the front one, and the back burner will ignite off the middle one.

        1. re: alanbarnes
          c oliver May 30, 2010 07:45 PM

          Mine go left to right (or right to left!) but the same theory.

      2. DiningDiva May 30, 2010 07:27 PM

        Thank you all. I have one of those butane candle lighters, so it's flick the switch on that, put it through the hole in the front of the unit and then turn on the gas. I wondered which I should do first...lighter or turn on the gas :-) I have no desire to injure myself on a holiday

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        1. re: DiningDiva
          c oliver May 30, 2010 07:44 PM

          See jfood's note above. Lighter first, gas next.

        2. DiningDiva May 31, 2010 08:11 PM

          The grill lit beautifully and I'm in one piece ;-)

          Did the Roadside Chicken recipe from Rick Bayles and it was a hit. Thanks again

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          1. re: DiningDiva
            KennyC Jun 11, 2010 09:54 AM

            Glad you and the food came out on the other side beautifully. I have the same issue with my grill and use this lighter. It is butane refillable, and a real eye-catcher as well. Get lots of comments; I keep one in my den near some candles.


          2. MikeB3542 Jun 1, 2010 09:26 AM

            A long butane lighter (Aim 'n Flame) works well for me. Make sure the lighter is lit before cranking the gas.

            But you should try to address replacing the electronic ignition. First off, it is just way safer and more convenient than matches and lighters.

            Ultimately you will need to regularly tear down and overhaul your gas grill. Things get worn out -- chemically and thermally, the inside of a grill is a pretty intense environment. Obviously, better grills will hold up better, but you still need to do a tear down to clean things up.

            So study the owners manual and learn now. It really isn't that hard. My guess is that the instructions that come with the replacement igniter will be a little clearer.

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            1. re: MikeB3542
              scubadoo97 Jun 4, 2010 04:57 AM

              On my Weber Silver the replacement is very easy to do. No engineering degree needed

              1. re: scubadoo97
                MikeB3542 Jun 11, 2010 03:05 PM

                If all else fails, use the igniter for a spud gun!

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              Janet from Richmond Jun 11, 2010 10:02 AM

              I've been doing this one for over 20 years......turn on the gas to one burner. There should be a small hole on the side of the grill adjacent to the burner. Light a match and stick it in the hole. Voila! We have ignition. If it doesn't work, turn the gas off, wait a minute and try it again. Also, leave the lid up when doing that. After one burner is lit, turn on the rest of the burners.

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                valerie Jun 11, 2010 05:35 PM

                Back in April when I went to use my Genesis E-310 for the first time since before the winter, it would not start. Nothing happened when I pressed the ignition button. We bought the grill in 2007, so it is not old. I was aggravated thinking that we had to go out and buy a new grill after only 3 years. But I figured that I would call Weber (everyone on CH always says that they have great customer service) before I threw the thing away.

                Anyway, the guy on phone asked me if it was making a clicking sound when I pressed it (it was not making any sound). He said it might be the battery. I was like "battery? The grill has a battery?" I was at work at the time, so he told me that when I got home, pull of the ignition button and replace the battery and see if that fixed the problem. If not, call back when I am standing in front of the grill and he would walk me through some other troubleshooting.

                I got home and told my husband about the battery and he said the same thing..."battery?"

                Lo and behold, I replaced the AA (or maybe AAA) battery underneath the switch and the grill was as good as new!

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                1. re: valerie
                  DiningDiva Jun 11, 2010 06:08 PM

                  Valerie, I too, discovered the battery quite by accident. It needs an AAA. Not having any, I went out an purchased some, but it still didn't work. Maybe I'll try it again.

                  1. re: DiningDiva
                    valerie Jun 11, 2010 06:47 PM

                    Oh well. They did say that they could send an ignitor kit. Not sure if it's worth it, though, when you could just use the lighter.

                2. jnk Jun 13, 2010 05:21 AM

                  I've dealt with Weber for many years for all sorts of issues ranging from replacing a wheel from one of my grills to starters to the small propane tank on one of their grills and have been treated well each time. They are very generous with their time and their products. I have never been asked to pay for any of the replacement parts that I've needed.

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