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nineeenineee Posts: 41
edited March 2012 in EggHead Forum
I'm running out of BGE fire starters.  What else do some of you use?  I can't use an electric starter--no outlet close by.  I saw some starters at Lowes but they were completely sealed in a pkg which you also burned.  appreciate some suggestions.  Nina in KY


  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,920
    I am going to convert to 91% alcohol like some of the others. Extremely cheap. Apparently drip a few drops and light. Easy.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,958
    I am going to convert to 91% alcohol like some of the others. Extremely cheap. Apparently drip a few drops and light. Easy.
    More than a few drops for me, Chubbs.  I probably put about 1/4 cup on for my large.

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    MAPP torch for me.

  • scooter759scooter759 Posts: 257
    I tried the 91% alcohol last night. First just a sprinkle, didn't work. Definitely need a healthy dose as VI recommends.
    Extra Large, 2 Large, Medium, Mini Max, Weber Summit gasser, Weber Q. Mankato, MN
  • gte1gte1 Posts: 376
    MAPP fast, easy, works well, and its kind of fun.
  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    weed burner for higher temp cooks, electric or mapp for lower temp
  • randomeggerrandomegger Posts: 194
    I use those firestarter 'matches' you can get at most grocery stores - usually broke in half.
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,920
    More than a few drops for me, Chubbs.  I probably put about 1/4 cup on for my large.
    10-4 Good buddy. I am going to give it a try.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,650
    Flame thrower....uh...I mean weed burner. :D

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,148
    I don't recall the name of the product, but our Ace Hardware has a really large box of starter squares that are identical to the BGE brand.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • tgklemantgkleman Posts: 216
    I use vegetable oil on a paper towel.  Easy and cheap.
  • EddieK76EddieK76 Posts: 415
    I used the veggie oil today since I was in the same boat and it worked like a charm!  Don't douse the entire thing in it leave some unoiled paper towel so you can light it....
  • bigdogk9bigdogk9 Posts: 69

    Tractor Supply has a box of 144 for aroun $14.00.  Cant seem to tell a difference between these and BGE starters and considerably cheaper.

  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,499
    I spent $14 on a Weber Chimney starter 3 years ago when I bought the egg(XL).  Just light it with a couple pieces of newspaper (full for steaks, half for < 275 low/slow).  Most of the time it is those "free" fliers that come in the mail a couple times a week.  So, for the money, it is a very good "investment".  
  • I ball up a paper towel (tight) then soak with alcohol, this acts as a candle and burns for a long time. It doesnt take quite as much alcohol. FWIW 
    Conway, S.C.
  • eggnitedeggnited Posts: 94

    I've noticed the weber starter blocks at Home Depot....a 24 pack for $3.99 or $4.99...definitely cheaper than BGE. Wondering if they will work just as well. I'm gonna start off with the..starter cubes....pardon the pun...but I'm pretty tempted to go with a MAPP torch method. I'm right next to an outlet so I could go electric...but I hesitate to go that route...not even sure why other than having to let the darned thing cool down after the fire is lit. At least a tiny hassle...but could be worthy of consideration. One thing I am curious the MAPP torch method more expensive?...I'm clueless since I haven't used em and don't know the cost of fuel. 

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited March 2012
    all those starters are compressed paper or sawdust and paraffin.  all about the same.

    paper napkin drizzled lightly in cooking oil (not soaked) will light faster than them, and be cheaper.  if you count time standing around screwing with lighting the egg (jetting the mapp torch around three separate spots, hauling out the weedburner, lighting the starters and waiting for them to burn off, etc.), i find the paper napkin as fast or faster.  if you count time to cooking at medium to high temps, it's not much slower than the weedburner, which is fastest to temp.  but even the weedburner means i'm standing at the egg longer than just lighting the napkin and oil and basically walking away

    i spend less time standing at the egg by using simply paper napkin and oil than anything else. bing, bang, boom.  done. time to desired dome temp? weedburner by a nose.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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