What Is The Chain For On A Gas Grill

Are you wondering what is the use of the chain dangling from your gas grill?

If yes, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, you will learn what the chain is used for and how you can make use of it.

Today, many of the full-size electric grills come with a little chain with a metal stick attached to them.

This chain is known as the “Matchstick Holder.”

The chain serves as an emergency ignition that allows you to manually light your gas grill in case the electronic grill ignitor system is faulty.

Now that you know the purpose of the emergency ignition lighter, let’s see how it is used.

How To Use The Matchstick Holder To Light A Gas Grill

Using the match holder of a gas grill is actually very simple. Follow the instructions provided below:

Do Natural Gas Grills Have Them?

Yes, many natural gas grills have a matchstick holder. That’s because both the Spirit and Spirit II come in natural gas.

Step 1 – First things first, ensure that the burner controls are turned off.

Step 2 – Open the grill lid.

Step 3 – Turn on the gas supply.

Step 4 – Insert a match into the hole of the matchstick holder, then light the match.

Step 5 – Put the matchstick holder along with the lit match through the cooking grates. Let it pass the Flavorizer Bars until it reaches the burner.

Step 6 – Turn on the left control to ignite the left burner. Look through the cooking grates to confirm that the flame is lit.

Step 7 – Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 for the other burners. In case one or more of the burners fail to ignite within 5 seconds, turn the burner control knobs off. Wait for 4-5 minutes to allow the gas clear before trying again.

How To Use Matchstick Holder For Spirit or Spirit II Model

If your gas grill is a Spirit or Spirit II model, please follow the exact steps provided below:

Step 1 – Safety first. Ensure that all burner knobs are turned off.

Step 2 – Go ahead and open the lid.

Step 3 – Turn on the gas supply.

Step 4 – Insert a match into the extended match holder, then light the match.

Step 5 – Pass the matchstick holder along with the lit match through the grill plates to the burner.

Step 6 – Turn on the far left control knob (knob 1). Now, you should see a flame if the burner is lit.

Step 7 – Once you confirm that burner 1 is fully ignited, repeat steps 4 through 6 for burners 2 and 3. If burner 2 or 3 refuses to be lit within 5 seconds, turn off the control knob and wait for 3-5 minutes before trying again. This is to allow the gas to clear off.

So, this is how to use the matchstick holder. The emergency igniter system is very useful for grill owners whose electric grills have a faulty electronic igniter.

Before starting the lighting process, always make sure that all control knobs of the gas burners are switched off.

Hopefully, now you can start making use of it since you know its purpose and how to use it.

Smoke On!


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