How to Light the Pilot for an American Range Fryer

Deep fat fryers by American Range are commercial-grade units meant for user in restaurants, bars and other large-scale applications.
The American Range fryer is meant primarily for commercial use.The American Range fryer is meant primarily for commercial use.
The fryer has two baskets and can be adjusted from 200 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The fryer operates with natural gas, with a gas inlet located in the rear of the unit and a gas high-limit shut-off valve to protect the unit and users if the fryer heat exceeds safe limits. If the fryer will not heat, the pilot light may need to be relit — a task only someone familiar with the operation of the fryer should perform.

Step 1

Open the oil reservoir from the main access panel on the American Range flyer and add oil to the “Max” line. Close the access panel door.

Step 2

Turn off the fryer thermostat and rotate the gas valve clockwise until the valve is closed.

Step 3

Connect the hose from the gas supply to the fryer gas valve and tighten in a clockwise motion with an adjustable wrench. Rotate the gas valve to “Pilot” and press in the control knob while holding a long-handled lighter in the pilot orifice.

Step 4

Remove the lighter once the pilot light is lit, but continue to hold in the control knob for an additional 30 seconds.

Step 5

Rotate the gas valve to “On” and then turn the fryer thermostat to the desired cooking temperature.

Things You Will Need

  • Cooking oil
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Long-handled lighter

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.