HPC's remote electronic control system for our fire features are unlike any available. For ignition we use the technology of a low voltage hot surface ignitor that is very dependable in outdoor elements and resistant to moisture- it is certified for a minimum of 100,000 cycles (That's a lot!).
The flame sensing is accomplished through the use of a thermocouple- a device that has been reliably utilized for decades in all types of appliances using flame. The advantage to thermocouple sensing is its stability in unstable conditions such as the outdoors. The effects of wind or moisture are practically nothing due to the fact it is sensing heat thus having a much slower reaction to these elements resulting in stable operation - other manufactures use fast reacting which results in nuisance on & off cycling. The EI pilot assembly is housed in a patented blowout box designed with adequate venting while protecting from elements.
All of this is monitored by a control module that is truly one-of-a-kind that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You may find one that uses some form of coil and senses the flame unreliably with current, but to find a thermocouple communicating with an electronic module will not be found except on HPC product. It is also worth mentioning our control module is the only module that is truly designed and CERTIFIED FOR OUTDOORS ONLY by CSA International to strict ANSI standards.