Thermocouple Control Systems for Gas Lanterns

Flame Management without the Maintenance

These days, no one wants to waste anything…whether its food, recycled plastic, or even energy. And when it comes to gas lanterns, we’ve seen this trend with customers asking for ways to limit the use of gas in their lanterns either when the flame blows out or they are away for extended periods of time.

Initially, you may be tempted to consider an electronic ignition system. But at less than half the cost and without any of the maintenance issues, we recommend the thermocouple control system instead. Here’s why…

How Thermocouples Work

When used as a control device in a gas lantern, the thermocouple is mounted so that its measuring junction is heated by a burning flame. The electric current generated is sent through an electromagnet.

As long as the current flows, the electromagnet holds open a valve that allows gas to reach the appliance.

If the pilot light goes out, the measuring junction cools off, no current flows, and the electromagnet releases the valve, shutting off the gas.

Gas Savings. Check!

Energy Savings. Check!

Benefits of Thermocouples:

  • They are low maintenance, easy to use and seldom break
  • They can be used over a wide range of temperatures (from -200° C. to 1,600° C.)
  • They permit great precision
  • They sell for $200.00 as opposed to the electronic ignition system with sells for $480.00

Where to place the prong of a thermocouple: