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What is the difference between a DSI (Direct Spark Ignition), a Piezo starter, and an Electronic ignition?

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There are different ways to light your patio heater, and it depends on the model you have. A Direct Spark Ignition uses an electric spark to light a pilot light. This type of ignition is usually found in simple base models of heaters. The button creating the spark normally uses one AA battery. Once the pilot is lit, the control knob can be turned to the "On" position to light the main burner. more
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There are different ways to light your patio heater, and it depends on the model you have. A Direct Spark Ignition uses an electric spark to light a pilot light. This type of ignition is usually found in simple base models of heaters. The button creating the spark normally uses one AA battery. Once the pilot is lit, the control knob can be turned to the "On" position to light the main burner. If you buy a more advanced patio heater, chances are it uses what is called a "piezo" lighter. They are commonly found on grills, lanterns and other gas appliances. A quartz crystal is used to produce a spark that lights the pilot light on the heater. Its advantage is that it lights quicker and more dependably that a DSI ignition. The most advanced system is an electronic ignition head. Throughout the industry, these heads are known as "E" heads and are built with a 24 Volt circuit board. There is no pilot light to contend with. Usually wired right into your home, lighting is as easy as turning ... more
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