How to Clean a Pellet Stove Igniter


Keeping a home warm with a pellet stove is possible as long as the stove lights properly. The igniter on the pellet stove tells the stove when to turn on, but if the igniter is dirty and clogged with soot and ash, it can’t do its job. Cleaning the pellet stove’s igniter returns your stove to working order. Regularly clean the igniter on the pellet stove to prevent any lighting problems from happening.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Cloth

Turn off the pellet stove and allow it to cool completely.

Open the firebox door to the stove and brush the ash and soot from the igniter. Dampen the cloth and wipe the igniter with it to remove any stuck in pieces of soot.

Brush the ash and soot into the ash pan. Bury the ashes outside.

Close the firebox door to the pellet stove and turn it back on.


  • "How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding & Maintaining Your Home"; Charlie Wing; 2007
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