How to Light the Pilot for an American Range Fryer

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Deep fat fryers by American Range are commercial-grade units meant for user in restaurants, bars and other large-scale applications. 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.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking oil
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Long-handled lighter
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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