Regarding the Foot-Pedal Lighter,
Well, if it was my "dream" set-up, it would work with magic, but not everyone knows how to use magic, so for those unfortunate people, I would build a stand that held a "Self-Igniting Propane Torch" like one of the ones on this web-page:
http://www.bernzomatic.com/bernzomatic/ ... OPAT100001
If you had the torch head positioned so that the trigger was pointing at the sky, you could have a wire looped around the trigger that ran down to a simple foot peddle (board on a hinge with a spring under it). Step on the peddle, ignite the flame; remove your foot, flame goes out.
I have one of these torch heads at home. I'll check to see if the trigger both lights the flame and controls the gas on/off. I think that the two might operate independently, so the system would need to be expanded to control the gas on/off.
It's all much easier if they'd just learn magic...