Light a gas oven by igniting the pilot light with a long match. This process takes less than a minute once you locate the pilot light. Gas ovens use these small flames to light the main burners. Pilot lights typically burn at a low level constantly, and if they are extinguished, must be re-lit before the oven can be used.
- Make sure the area is safe
Inspect the kitchen to make sure there is no smell of gas. If you do smell gas, use a fan to ventilate the kitchen for several minutes before lighting the pilot light. Double check to ensure the oven's temperature gauge is set to the "off" position.
- Locate the pilot light
Use the owner's manual to locate the pilot light. If the owner's manual is not available, open the oven and look for a small hole in the bottom of the oven or the base of the broiler that may be labeled "pilot light."
- Light the pilot light
Light a long match and hold the flame near the pilot light hole. A small flame should appear in the hole. Immediately remove the match and extinguish it. Close the oven door and broiler carriage before starting the oven.