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What is this?? #5362326 02/28/20 10:45 AM
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My son found it in our driveway. When I test it with a multi-meter, it appears to be a capacitor. I try and test resistance, and it slowly increases in the MOhm range. I then try to test DC voltage and it slowly decays in the mV range. What on Earth is this thing? Card for size reference.

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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362332 02/28/20 10:47 AM
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Ignitor for something i'd say. Nice fleet BTW.


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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362344 02/28/20 11:03 AM
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Looks like a BBQ ignitor.


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Re: What is this?? [Re: wings&wheels] #5362345 02/28/20 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by wings&wheels
Ignitor for something i'd say.

For a gas stove maybe? Although it looks too beefy for that application.


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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362351 02/28/20 11:07 AM
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I think it’s a BBQ igniter or boiler igniter with the ground plate and electrode missing.

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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362354 02/28/20 11:11 AM
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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362364 02/28/20 11:25 AM
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Yep. Probably a BBQ igniter with the mounting part broken off.


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Re: What is this?? [Re: Quattro Pete] #5362372 02/28/20 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete



Thanks for the link. Now I know where I can get one for my Viesmann.
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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362382 02/28/20 11:57 AM
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Thanks guys! Looks like you have the right idea. Makes sense it tests like a capacitor then.


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Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362764 02/28/20 08:48 PM
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Old worn down electrode from an oil burner maybe

Re: What is this?? [Re: DriveHard] #5362790 02/28/20 09:13 PM
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Ignitor elements themselves don't have capacitance, nor much resistance. They're just a heat resistant piece of rod to get the wire that attaches to it, far enough away from heat to survive a few years. Odds are that it is broken inside, probably about where you see that dark ring on the insulator.

The real question is how it ended up in your driveway.

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Originally Posted by Dave9
Ignitor elements themselves don't have capacitance, nor much resistance. They're just a heat resistant piece of rod to get the wire that attaches to it, far enough away from heat to survive a few years. Odds are that it is broken inside, probably about where you see that dark ring on the insulator.

The real question is how it ended up in your driveway.


I live at the end of a dead end road, and the garbage truck turns around in my driveway once a week...I'm not surprised.


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Looks like oil furnace electrode.

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or a flame diode.

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