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Alcohol Soaked Corks for lighting Egg

Bumm39Bumm39 Posts: 52
edited September 2011 in Forum List
I Will be receiving my new Big Green Egg for my anniversary, Yes my wife is incredible. My question is, she soaks her wine corks in 70% isopropyl alcohol "Rubbing" to use as a fire starter. Can I use this as a coal starter, or will this cause an issue.   
                                                                                      Thanx soon to be Newbie. 


  • BBQMavenBBQMaven Posts: 1,041
    I use 91% to lit my Egg by applying 50cc
    After a 10 sec soak, fire it off
    Never have done it with a cork.
    Kent Madison MS
  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,483
    I'm surprised cork absorbs anything.  What kind of grill did your wife start with them?  (and yes, she sounds like a keeper!)  
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • she used the cork to start my Weber charcoal grills the corks soak for months at a time and were used to start Kingsford charcoal. have not tried with natural coal yet
  • Why not just use a Mapp torch for about 1 minute. Works great.
  • A paper towel with a little EVOO on it then rolled up works will ensure no strange odors from starter.......
  • I'm with BBQMaven.  Just pour it directly on the lump.  I don't measure it like he/she does, though.

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Has any one tried the Frontier Eco-start? I was at Whole Foods this evening and saw it, didn't know if it was recommened for the Egg.
  • thebtlsthebtls Posts: 2,300
    I don't know How much you intend to use your egg but if you use your egg as much as most of us you will have to drink 6-8 bottles of wine a week just to stay close to having enough fire starters...Ha.
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  • psalzerpsalzer Posts: 106
    Propane tourch works fine for me...usually starts in 1-2 minutes!
  • i ran out of propane, i ran out of starter cubes, My olive oil is nearly gone, so I started using the alcohol method,  It wourks great, quick easy and cheap, next time at the walmart or your other favorite discount house, pick up a cheap bottle of 91%, it a $ 1.50.  i bet I will get 20 starts out of it. 


    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • Propane for me. On a trigger torch. No matches, no measuring. No mess, no fumes, no residue, no cleanup, no significant cost and no risk of a failed light.

  • QPeteQPete Posts: 32
    Around the holidays we use food warmers, and indelibly we have several cans that were used for the warmers with various amounts of oil left in them. Poke a small hole in the top and shake a small amount of "oil" on the charcoal, works like a charm.
  • SookieSookie Posts: 322
    Our Firestarter Recipe

    If you or your wife are fans of Yankee Candle tarts, save the used ones for the candle wax.  We take empty PAPER egg cartons (no pun intended), add a little dryer lint in each little cup, and drizzle melted candle wax over it.   They make great firestarters. 
  • crghc98crghc98 Posts: 1,006

    DO NOT USE EVOO to light your egg.  I find that extremely disrespective to such a nice ingredient.

    EVOO has a low smoke point so you may as well use something hotter (although this probably doesn't make much difference).  Use the cheapest oil you have.  That's what I do and it works great.

    EVOO is waaay overused in BBQ.





    But what if that is all I have?  That's why I had to go to MAPP.....

  • i think i will use mapp torch tnanx

  • DominicMagesticDominicMagestic Posts: 108
    edited September 2011
    don't corks floate - must have to weight them down to soak

    too many other ways to light charcoal
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