The dealer I bought my Chateau 31E from said there was no igniter. Then I read the manual for the stove and found that battery compartment underneath the cooktop. Now it works like a champ -- just turn the knob to the * position and push down to get the igniter clicking.
I rarely use my gas stove, though. I usually camp with electrical hookups, and I use an electric skillet (usually set up outside) to cook stuff like eggs, bacon, pancakes, and grilled cheese. And I use a Weber Q grill for burgers, hot dogs, sausages, steaks, and chicken.