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Bakers Pride Griddles allow operators to cook large quantities of food quickly and evenly. If you want to operate your equipment properly and efficiently, our guide on how to use a Bakers Pride grille explains the process from start to finish so you can make the most of your unit.

These instructions are for BPHTG-2436i and BPHMG-2436i gas countertop units.


Note: Never turn on the gas valves without lighting the pilot as this can cause a dangerous buildup of flammable gas that may lead to an explosion.

Lighting the Pilot Light

Follow the instructions based on the type of pilot that your unit has. Note that standing pilot units aren’t available in the European community.

Standing Pilot

  • Step 1. Clear the gas - Turn all the knobs, including the manual shut off valve, to the “OFF” position and then wait 5 minutes for the gas to dissipate. 
  • Step 2. Connect the gas - Turn on the manual shut off valve.
  • Step 3. Ignite the pilot flame - Hold a lit match, lighter or other ignition source to both openings of the pilot tube while turning the burner knob to “HI” to light the pilot flame. If the burner doesn’t light right away, open the pilot valve more. If the flame seems too large, turn it down and reignite the burner.

HMG Flame Failure Gas Valve (BPHMG Units Only)

  • Step 1. Initiate gas flow - Rotate the knob on the main gas valve to the pilot position and then push in the knob to start the flow of gas.
  • Step 2. Light the pilot flame - Once the gas starts to flow, use a match or other ignition source to light the pilot flame.
  • Step 3. Warm up the thermocouple - Keep pushing down on the knob for an additional 15 to 30 seconds to heat up the thermocouple. 
  • Step 4. Adjust the pilot flame - Release the knob and then turn it to change the size of the pilot flame accordingly. If the flame doesn’t stay lit, repeat the preceding instructions.

HDTG Pilot Safety Valve (BPHTG Units Only)

  • Step 1. Turn on the gas - Use the on-off valve to turn on the main gas supply to the unit.
  • Step 2. Dissipate gas in the firebox compartment - Turn the burner controls to “OFF,” and then wait 5 minutes before proceeding in order to clear out any gas in the firebox compartment.
  • Step 3. Ignite the pilot - Press the red button on the pilot safety valve and stick a match or other ignition source through the observation hole in the firebox in order to light the pilot flame. Make sure to keep the red button depressed for at least 1 minute after the pilot is lit.
  • Step 4. Adjust the pilot flame (if necessary) - If needed, adjust the pilot flame using the knob near the red button. Rotating the knob clockwise increases the size of the flame, and rotating the knob counterclockwise decreases the size. The correct size for the pilot flame is 1/2” to 3/4” long (12/19MM).

Relighting the Pilot

  • Step 1. Shut off the gas immediately - If the pilot light goes out, use the manual shut off valve to turn off the gas supply to the unit as quickly as possible.
  • Step 2. Clear out the gas - Rotate all other knobs to the “OFF” position as well, and then wait 5 minutes for any gas to dissipate. 
  • Step 3. Reconnect the gas - Turn on the manual shut off valve to restore the gas supply to the unit.
  • Step 4. Light the pilot flame - Use a match, lighter or other ignition source to light the pilot flame.

Prepping & Seasoning the Griddle

Remember to season the cooking surface before using the unit in order to help create a non-stick cooking surface, enhance flavor and reduce cust.

Burning Off Contaminants

  • Step 1. Burn off dust - Turn all burners to “HI” for 1 hour so that any dust or oil that settled on the griddle during shipping can burn off the cooking surface. Be aware that this process may produce smoke.
  • Step 2. Cool down the griddle - Once this process is complete, turn all burners to “OFF” and allow the unit to cool down completely.

Seasoning the Surface

  • Step 1. Preheat the griddle - Light the burner by turning the knob to “HI.” Then, turn it down to a low temperature (300°-350°F/150°-180°C) and preheat the cooking surface for 15-20 minutes.
  • Step 2. Add cooking oil - Pour on about 1 ounce (30CC) of cooking oil per square foot (0.093M²) of cooking surface. Use a cloth to spread the oil evenly into a thin film, making sure to wipe off any excess. Repeat this process 2-3 times until the griddle has a smooth, glossy appearance.
  • Step 3. Turn off the unit - After the unit is seasoned, turn off the heat and let the griddle cool down completely.

Using the Unit

Although different areas of the griddle can be set to different temperatures, it’s best to set adjoining areas to similar temperatures, as well as to use lower temperatures on the outside burners, in order to account for heat transfer from one burner to another.

  • Step 1. Find the appropriate temperature - Turn the knob to “Hi” to light the burner, and then adjust the flame to the desired setting.
  • Step 2. Preheat the cooking surface - Allow 15-20 minutes for the unit to reach the indicated temperature.
  • Step 3. Place food on the griddle - Once the cooking surface is preheated, you may begin the cooking process.

If you found this information useful, be sure to take a look at the extensive collection of Bakers Pride griddle manuals on our site.

Please contact a local authorized service agent who can help with these specific units and all your commercial kitchen equipment needs.