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Charleston Gas Light - Gas Igniter Instructions

 

 
 
 
 

Gas Igniter Instructions

This information is also available as a PDF that you may view and/or print.

These instructions apply to GAS LANTERNS and are intended for your licensed gas fitter or plumber to use in the installation of your new lantern. Charleston Gas Light highly recommends that you use a properly licensed and insured electrician and plumber, gas fitter, or other licensed installer as appropriate in your region in the installation of this light. (Note that the installation of a gas light must conform with local codes or, in the absence of local codes, to the National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1.)

To the installer:
• Please leave these instructions with the gas light so that the gas light’s owner will be able to reference them in the future.

To the owner:
• Please retain these instructions for future reference.

FOR YOUR SAFETY
If you smell gas:

  1. Shut off gas to the appliance.
  2. Extinguish any open flame.
  3. If odor continues, immediately call your gas supplier.

Automatic Ignition System Installation NOTE:
Each fixture pulls about 1.3 amps. You can only have 3-5 lights per circuit, no more than 5 per circuit. Although you are connecting 110 AC it is being converted to DC at the power supply (silver box). These igniters are power driven and require a steady flow of power in order for the DC current to heat the igniter tip to 1800°. When you get more than 5 units on one circuit it splits the power and amperage in the line causing sporadic ignition. Even though the tip may light up it is not allowing the element to heat to the 1800° that is needed for ignition.

FOR YOUR SAFETY
Do not store or use LP/Propane, gasoline, or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.

Side view of lantern with electronic igniter.
Side view of lantern with electronic igniter attached (rectangular box). For inside view of box, see below.

Installation Instructions:

You will need:

  • A standard three wire (one load, one neutral, one ground) 110/120 VAC source at the installation location. 
  • A gas supply with seven to twelve inches water column pressure.
  • Pipe dope or other thread sealant approved for use in natural gas or LP systems.
  • 9/16” or adjustable wrench.
  • Second wrench sized to fit the installer supplied fittings.
  • Appropriate brass fittings to connect a ¼” OD flared fitting to your gas supply line.

Clearances:
Ensure lantern body side is at least 3” (three inches) from any combustible material and that lantern top is at least 12” (twelve inches) from any combustible material.

Post Mount Lanterns:
Post Selection: Select a post that has a 3” (three inch) outer diameter mounting area.  Choose a metal post or a wood post with internal metal supports or a post that is structurally sound and will withstand strong winds.

Automatic Ignition System Installation:

NOTE: Each fixture pulls about 1.3 amps. You can only have 3-5 lights per circuit, no more than 5 per circuit. Although you are connecting 110 AC it is being converted to DC at the power supply (silver box). These igniters are power driven and require a steady flow of power in order for the DC current to heat the igniter tip to 1800°. When you get more than 5 units on one circuit it splits the power and amperage in the line causing sporadic ignition. Even though the tip may light up it is not allowing the element to heat to the 1800° that is needed for ignition.

  • Ensure the power source to lantern installation site is turned off and tagged or locked out as appropriate.
  • Connect one lead to power supply on first screw marked “L”. Connect other lead to the second screw marked “N”. It does NOT matter which one goes to which. Third screw is for the ground wire. 

gas igniter-inside view
Inside view of box with an igniter. The gas will be connected to the nipple extending upward from the valve near the bottom of the box.

Automatic Gas Light Installation:

NOTE: Recommended for NIGHT TIME USE ONLY!!

  1. Ensure gas supply is turned off or otherwise secured.
  2. Apply thin layer of pipe dope or thread sealant to threaded fittings.
  3. Connect gas supply to lantern, turning fittings to a hand tight position, ensuring that the fittings are not cross-threaded.
  4. Finish tightening the fittings with the wrenches.
  5. Secure the gas light to the installation point.
  6. Ensure manual gas light valve is in the off position.
  7. Restore gas supply to the lantern.
  8. Verify that no smell of gas is present or test with a gas detector unit.
    1. If gas smell is present, investigate and correct source of smell.
  9. If no gas smell is present, follow the instructions below on “Lighting Your Gas Light,” to verify lantern turns on properly.
  10. Follow instructions below on “Putting Out Your Gas Light,” to verify lantern turns off properly.

 

Lighting Your Gas Light:

  1. Inspect all the light for visible signs of damage, including warping of the lantern or of the burner and cracked or broken glass.
  2. Turn the manual gas valve half way for the initial lighting to ensure adequate gas is sent to the hot surface igniter.
  3. Send power to the gas light—this usually requires repositioning a light switch.
  4. Note one distinct clicking sound- This is the solenoid valve opening to allow gas to flow to the hot surface igniter and takes place approximately 30 seconds after flipping the switch.
  5. If for some reason, the  fixture doesn’t light, you may need to reposition the hot surface igniter by adjusting it either up or down or rotate it slightly to the front or back. Please be careful not to touch the burner tip itself. It is very fragile and will break easily. Adjust by grabbing the bottom ceramic piece. Do NOT lean the burner tip into the flame, which WILL result in breaking the burner tip. The automatic ignition system will try to re-light itself 4 times, as a safety mechanism, after that it will completely shut the system down and you will have to flip the light switch off and on to reset the system.
  6. Another thing you can check is the ambient light sensor. This is a small black wire with a small crystal on the tip. This should be sticking out about an inch and pointing directly at the flame. This sensor is looking for the flame.  It is in essence the “flame sensor”. On wall mounts it will be coming out of the back plate and on hanging and post mount fixtures it will be in the base of the fixture.
  7. For the initial lighting of the gas light, after the flame has been lit, test for proper operation by blowing on the flame to extinguish it—if the light is working properly, the flame will relight automatically after about 40 seconds. REMEMBER, these lights are designed for NIGHT TIME use. This test will not work if it picks up the outside light. Test this feature at night.
  8. Adjust the flame 1” – 2” above tip of burner head by adjusting the lever position of the manual control valve—note that turning the flame too low will result in the flame detector no longer detecting the flame, thereby securing gas flow and restarting the ignition sequence—this low point differs from house to house depending on their electrical system and gas pressures.

 

Putting Out Your Gas Light

  1. Remove the power source to the gas light – in most installations this usually requires repositioning a light switch.

If flame persists, shut off your gas at the gas supply to the gas light, call your gas company and contact Charleston Gas Light at (877) 427-5438

Maintenance Instructions

  1. Keep gas light area clear and free from combustible materials, gasoline, and other flammable vapors and liquids.
  2. Do not obstruct the flow of combustion and ventilation air.
  3. Visually check burner flame.
  4. Use a mild household cleaner to clean all surfaces of your lantern.

Replacement Parts
In the unlikely event that you require replacement parts for your lantern, please contact Charleston Gas Light at (877) 427-5483.

Technical and Installation Support
For all technical support issues or installation questions, please contact Charleston Gas Light (800)661-9224.


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