Replace Solaire BBQ Grill Ignition Assembly. Video Instructions.
This cut-away schematic drawing of a basic Solaire infrared gas grill assembly shows how simply Solaire grills have integrated impressive workmanship with the best grilling technology available.
In this side-cut-away drawing we can see the control knob pressed against the control panel and the control valve clamped over the manifold pipe with the orifice inserted into the burner which has the sparking electrode mounted above.
In the Solaire gas grill there are usually a combination of center-fed U shaped burners and rectangular infrared burners. Like most barbecue grills designs the U burners have a thick stainless radiant shield above the burner so the electrode sparks just above the burner and just below the radiant tray. The radiant radiates conducted heat, spreads convectional heat and protects the burner but the design also acts to protect the Solaire ignition electrode from dripping greases, marinades, dirt and weather which are the most common causes of barbeque ignitors not sparking well-enough to ignite fuel emitting from burner ports.
In this image we can see the holes in the firewall allow the ignition electrode to be tightened to the inner firewall in a higher or lower position.
This is because the infrared burner installs at a higher position than the center-fed U burner with its radiant so the electrodes can be moved higher or lower to be in position for which ever burner we install in that place.
The double-prong electrodes are great because the spark is not reliant on a collector box or other bracket in the grill, because the gap can be easily set closer or spaced further apart for best performance and because the tips of the electrode can be positioned in the flame to keep the igniters (relatively) clean.
With the electrode positioned in the flame, heat will burn-off greases, marinades and sauces but it will be necessary to periodically wipe the electrode posts because gas flames will leave a black carbon residue which wipes off easily.
In this image as in the instructional video playing above we have used a double-prong ignition electrode that is very similar to the Solaire electrode even though this is an igniter from a different grill company.
There are a handful of different but similar electrodes because of the evolution of the infrared burners.
Typically in order to replace the electrode in the Solaire gas grill or Lynx, Alfresco, DCS, and many other barbecue grills we will need to remove the control panel.
Removing the control panel allows us access to the electrode mounted in the front firewall as shown in this image but this will also give us access to the momentary switch, ignition wires and the module. In this Solaria gas grill the module has a 9 volt battery inside the actual ignition module but there are models by Solaire and by Alfresco, Lynx and many others which have the battery wired to the module so it is essential to replace the electrode from inside the control panel where the wiring to the ignitor button and to the module and possibly to the battery is all accessible.
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