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Oct 20, 2012 07:53 AM

flint for kitchen stove lighting

For reasons too boring to explain we have been lighting our gas Chambers cooktop with matches for years.

Just returned from a visit to italy where the rather antiquated kitchen of our host included a flint lighter, that was very effective in lighting her non-self lighting stove (no butane fuel, no electricity). I was impressed but havent been able to find such a tool here except for camping items. Any suggestions?

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  1. Hi, jen:

    Ah, we walk the same path... I have a propane 2-burner for quick jobs and a full-on wood cookstove for most else, both of which need lighting off.

    For gas, a welder's torch striker is just the ticket, like those here: $3-5.

    But I actually like the button-actuated propane plumber's torch the best. The flint starters sometimes take a second try, which can mean a kinda scary whoosh when the gas flame starts. I use the plumber's torch for starting my woodstoves and culinary use, too. I think I got mine at Ace Hardware for $50. Hint: If you go this route, buy the Coleman chubby gas cylinder intended for lanterns, rather than the tall, skinny, TIPPY bottle--it's the same fitting.


      1. Just get an aim n flame. The flint still works, long after the butane runs out.

        1. We used to have one of those devices that you squeeze and it creates a spark, to light the stove. Have no idea where it got off to though. Sadly I'm not cooking on gas or wood right now.

          1. I'd suggest one of those wand type butane lighters, sold for fire place and bbq use. Even after they run out of fuel, the spark works for lighting gas stoves. I keep several in my camping gear to light my alcohol stove. As in many fire starters, including butane hotplates, these generate a spark by squeezing a crystal (Piezoelectric).

            The traditional flint and steel used a piece of flint, hard stone, to scrape bits of carbon off carbon steel knives. The modern equivalent uses a ferrocerium rod. Almost any piece of steel can be used as the stricker, since it is the rod that produces the shower of sparks. Camping stores sell lots of these. I have used one with my camp stove (Swedish Light my Fire brand), but I think the wand lighter is easier to use.