Surface Igniter was incorporated in 1997 after Graphite Sales Inc. bought the silicon carbide, hot surface igniter business from The Carborundum Company. The iconic, double helix igniter was developed by The Carborundum Company in the late 1960's and was the first silicon carbide gas igniter in the industry.

Originally introduced as the ignition source for gas clothes dryers in the 70's, the novel ignition method was rapidly adopted throughout the gas industry. Hot surface ignition is still the most reliable and cost effective method for gas ignition after more than 40 years after its introduction

From 1987 until 2002 the fabrication of the silicon carbide igniter element and its assembly into more than 100 different configurations was done at Surface Igniter's plant located in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

In 2003 the assembly operations were relocated to Surface Igniter's Sister Company, Carbide Hi-Temp Materials (Shuzou) Inc, which was established in Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. At the same time, a consolidation warehouse was opened in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; from which most of the finished product was shipped to over 100 customers in North America and Europe.

in 2013 Surface Igniter announced it was moving its assembly production plant and distribution center to Maryville, Tennessee. 

In 2014 Surface Igniter completed its move to Maryville, Tennessee, along with an acquisition of a spark electrode and flame rod manufacturer. The new company CHT Ningbo has helped Surface Igniter round out its offering to the OEM market.

In 2015 the University of Tennessee will be teaming up with Surface Igniter to further our Quality Objectives.


Surface Igniter LLC, supplies gas ignition solutions to OEMs based in North America, Central America, Asia, and Europe.

Our customer base includes large multinational companies along with smalled companies within the consumer and commerical appliance industry. 

Surface Igniter LLC,  senior management is made up dedicated experts with decades of combinded experince.

We have a saying around the office.

If you need a team of experienced folks who understand how the world works and how to make it work for you, we're here to help.



Surface Igniter LLC, is driven to form global partnerships while foucusing on operational ecellence  all while staying on top of technology and inovative new products.


Surface Igniter, LLC the pioneer in the development of the silicon carbide igniter in 1969, is today a leading manufacturer of hot surface igniters for the BBQ grill, clothes dryer, cooking, and heating industries.