I have for years, though usually uncomfortable as it requires holding
down the knob for a minute, it isn't rocket science. My advice is to
get one of those trigger operated lighters with the long nose, as the
pilot is usually just slightly out of reach. I did it for years with
matches and locking tweezers (hemostats). Other than that the vague
directions are on the knob, usually a 3 position affair, on, off and
pilot with instructions to hold the knob down after lighting (to warm
the thermocouple). hint: it often takes longer than specified. Once the
pilot will stay lit without holding the button down it is safe to turn
the knob to on. If you screw up and turn it to off, simply start at the
beginning and do it all again.
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