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Ping BJ: Lighting fire with alcohol

Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,955
edited 7:32PM in EggHead Forum
In a post yesterday you said you used 91% alcohol. I vaguely remember that thread from a few years ago, but don't remember if you just pour or sprinkle it on the lump...or do what with it.
Judy in San Diego


  • WingRiderWingRider Posts: 326
    I think that I have heard that some use the alcohol in place of oil on twisted paper towels.
  • Not to steal BJ's thunder, but I use it in about the same way your would use lighter fluid on briquettes: sprinkle it on and throw a match on it. In cold weather, the flame will spread nice and slow; when it gets warmer, though, it ignites way fast and you will have some tall flames quickly.

    I like it and use it(also MAPP and Weber cubes), it gives you a pretty quick clean light of all your charcoal without the inconveniences of a flamethrower. (Yes, weedburners are great as well.)
  • Take a look at the youtube video below. Cut and paste the following URL.

    The gentleman in the video uses a syringe to get the alcohol down into the lump. I use a 97 cent clear plastic condiment bottle from Wallyworld to get the alcohol down into the lump. Make sure you get the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Stand back when you throw that match.

    Works great!
  • ShedFarmShedFarm Posts: 499
    It depends on what I'm cooking/what temperature I'm going for, how I go about using the alcohol.

    If I'm going for a hot flame (more or less just "grilling"), I use it pretty much like lighter fluid, and with a small hole punched in the foil top, I squirt it over the top of the coals, give it about 20-30 seconds to soak in, then toss in a lit match. Be careful, it'll flame up with some gusto!

    If I want a more controlled light for a low and slow cook, I have an old injection syringe that I have a piece of plastic tubing attached to the tip. I stick the tubing into the bottle, suck out about an ounce/ounce and a half, and use the tubing to "inject" it into specific places around the coals, under the surface. After waiting a few seconds, I toss a lit match into the center.

    The YouTube video that was previously linked to is a good place to start, but I wasn't willing to get that precise with it, to go the rubber stopper route.
    BJ (Powhatan, VA)
  • ShedFarmShedFarm Posts: 499
    No thunder stolen ... I do the same thing for my hotter cooks. :)
    BJ (Powhatan, VA)
  • funk49funk49 Posts: 115
    I do the same thing with the foil top on the alcahol bottle. I just pierce it a little with the meat thermometer. It makes it a squeeze bottle. :)
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