How do I light pilot on old Blue Circle boiler

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Old 09-25-16, 12:04 PM
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How do I light pilot on old Blue Circle boiler

I have a very old (50 years?) Blue Circle boiler that I am trying to start up. The instructions say to light using a match, but the home inspector showed me that it has apparently been retrofitted with an auto pilot light.

There is a power switch outside the unit that turns the pumps on. Inside the unit there is a red button that I assume is the key to lighting it, but not sure how to do it.

I am attaching several photos that may help. Any advice/assistance will be appreciated.

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Charlie
 
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Old 09-25-16, 12:36 PM
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Hello again.

I need two more pictures. One....a large view of the front of the boiler and another one left.... towards the direction of the arrow.

I don't see any self ignition system there so far.

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Thanks for trying to bail me out again! I'm not at home but will get the photos within the next few hours and will look forward to your feedback within the next few days.

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Hi,
I am attaching several more pictures of the exterior and the interior view as you requested. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks again!

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I do not see any type of auto pilot ignition. The Silent Knight is just a gas valve.

If it's like most old pilot type boilers..... you would press the red button down and place match near the orange arrow. That would be a tube with holes that carries a small flame to light the pilot.

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I highly recommend you call and have a service tech from your gas provider come and take a look. There may be something I can't see and I wouldn't want you to be in a dangerous position. At 50 years old it wouldn't hurt to have it checked over anyway.
 
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Very good advice - Thank you Pete - I really appreciate the time you have spent helping me with my two issues!

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I'm at a loss to understand this pilot setup. I had a similarly obsolete system, and just replaced the gas valve with a modern one.
 
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