Making Igniters

This is so simple that after you have done it a few times you will be an expert. Just follow the steps described below.

Step 1 (24 Gauge Shooter wire, Igniter Kit LG).
Separate the two conductors. Cut one lead about ½ to 5/8” below the other. Do not cut or damage the other lead when doing this.

Step 1 (26 Gauge Shooter wire, Igniter Kit SM).
Carefully cut the web between the two conductors with a razor knife or some other thin blade cutting tool. Spread them apart. Cut one lead about ½ to 5/8” below the other. Do not cut or damage the other lead when doing this

Step 2
Strip about ¼” insulation off each lead and bend the long lead out of the way.

Step 3
Secure one end of the nichrome wire with your thumbnail and wrap the nichrome around the exposed copper about three or four wraps. Now bend the remaining copper over and down, crimping the nichrome in place.

Step 4
Wrap the nichrome barber pole style up the long lead over the insulation. Four wraps are plenty. Crimp as in Step 4 and cut excess nichrome.

Finished.

Now mix your QuickDip and dip away. The dip can be layered if needed. Try to keep coating below 1/16” for best results.

David Bachelder

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NOTES:
The 24 gauge shooter wire and 30 gauge nichrome is best suited for the Class G and above motors, ground started.

The 26 gauge shooter wire and 36 gauge nichrome is best suited for the smaller motors, air starts, or clustering.
Your coil should be about four wraps.
Airstarts, use fewer wraps if you have trouble getting your timer to light them effectively, or use a more powerful battery. The NiCads are good for this.

Bench Test, be sure.
Last Update 5/11/19