How to Troubleshoot an Ignitor Grill on a Thermos

Though perhaps best known for its brand of durable beverage containers, Thermos also manufactures several gas grill models in a partnership with the Char-Broil company.

The gas grills are equipped with a Piezo electric ignitor wired to the grill burner. Pressing the ignitor sends a burst of electrical current to the spark plug below the burner, causing the propane to ignite when the grill burner control knobs are switched on. If you have problems with the ignitor, try troubleshooting the part to fix minor issues. Replacement ignitors are available at hardware stores and by ordering from Thermos.

Close the cut-off valve on the gas tank connected to your Thermos grill, turning the knob on the tank top clockwise.

Press the red ignitor button on the front panel of your Thermos grill while looking under the grill at the ignition plug mounted beneath the burner. As the button depresses, you should see a yellow spark arc upward toward the burner and hear a sharp click as the button is pushed. If not, continue troubleshooting.

Push the wire firmly onto the clip on the bottom of the spark plug and the back of the ignitor button to ensure you have a good connection, then press the button again.

Unscrew the spark plug from the bottom of the grill by removing the retainer nut with pliers, taking care not to damage the wire or the clip on the plug.

Rub steel wool on the tip of the plug to remove any corrosion or grease from grill drippings. When the tip is shiny, reinstall it in the bottom of the grill and tighten the retainer nut with pliers.

Press the ignitor button again. If the ignitor fails to produce a spark or you do not hear a clicking sound as the button is pushed, the ignitor is likely worn out and should be replaced. Write down the model number of your particular Thermos grill to purchase a replacement part from a hardware store or to order a part from Thermos. Find ordering information the Resource section below.

Things You Will Need

  • Pliers
  • Steel wool

Tips

  • The mailing address for Thermos-brand replacement parts is:
  • Char-Broil
  • P. O. Box 1240
  • Columbus, GA 31902-1240

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.