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Starting charcoal

Anybody ever use a rapidfire chimney starter to start charcoal in egg?
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,862
    Used to use a chimney starter with the Weber kettle, then changed to an electric starter with the egg. Chimney starter worked really well with briquettes, not so much with lump unless you choose (get your hands dirty) and pick the pieces. Big advantage for a chimney is using the side burner on the gasser to start it. 
    Much easier to dump the lump, shove in the electric starter and in 8 minutes, good to go. Others use starter cubes, paper towels soaked in oil or a torch. Whatever works. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I've used a chimney to start my lump plenty of times. Works great if you are cooking burgers or chicken but is too much fire for a low and slow
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,741
    Used to use a chimney starter with the Weber kettle, then changed to an electric starter with the egg. Chimney starter worked really well with briquettes, not so much with lump unless you choose (get your hands dirty) and pick the pieces. 
    Much easier to dump the lump, shove in the electric starter and in 8 minutes, good to go. 
    Same here.  Just found through experimentation that an electric starter in the egg works better than anything else I've tried.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,557
    Ts 4000 bernzomatic works good for me 30-40 sec per spot and up she goes!!!
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol cock? 



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,584
    Bge electric starter , don't knock it until you tried it. Beats maap !
    Seattle, WA
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,263
    Wagner heat gun... If you're in a hurry, don't egg.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,557
    I'm sure the electric starter works great but so does the torch .Its all good!!!
    Just happens I had the torch before the egg!
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol cock? 



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,536

    I like MAPP torch for the large.  For me, it's too sparky to use on the mini, so there I use 91% alcohol.  That's also a very good way to get the lump going.

    Started out with the electric starter, didn't particularly like it.

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,557
    Curious about the alcohol... Works well does it?
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol cock? 



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
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  • dweebs0rdweebs0r Posts: 507
    I use something like this:  http://www.menards.com/main/heating-cooling/fuel/starter-logg-firestarter/p-135064-c-6855.htm

    I just break off a small cube, light it in a couple of places and build a "tent" of lump.  In 10 minutes or so, the fire is up and roaring and I add my new lump.

    I can buy 4 of the sticks at Kroger for like $2.50 and each of the sticks breaks into several cubes big enough to start the fire.  Very cost effective.


    -Jody Newell (LBGE & a mini BGE!)
    Location:  Munford, TN  Homepage:  Shadow photo shadow.gif
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,536

    @CANMAN, yes, it does.  You can either buy a 60cc plastic syringe (cheap, available at any pharmacy) and use that to inject the 91% alcohol into the lump pile, or just pour a similar amount on the lump.  Give it about 20-30 seconds, that will let the alcohol sink into the lump without loss to evaporation.

    Light a match, drop it in, step back.

    Works pretty quickly, and is very inexpensive. 

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • BuckeyeBobBuckeyeBob Posts: 645
    I jam a paper towel in the middle of my pile of lump. Pour a little bit of vegetable oil on it and light. Sounds too simple but works every time no problem. Lot cheaper than starter cubes.
    Clarendon Hills, IL
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  • StreetgliderStreetglider Posts: 104
    Use a BGE electric starter and have been completely satisfied. Picked up an industrial heat gun thru an auction at work for $7, can't beat the combo, 8 minutes to get it going and the heat gun to really get it up to lava-like.

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    LBGE, Grill Extender, 5 burner Char-Broil gasser that hold my eggessories
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  • mb99zzmb99zz Posts: 182
    I was using the cubes, but recently got the electric started and am very happy with it.
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  • 70chevelle70chevelle Posts: 278
    I jam a paper towel in the middle of my pile of lump. Pour a little bit of vegetable oil on it and light. Sounds too simple but works every time no problem. Lot cheaper than starter cubes.

    Same here only I save my old frying oil, so it's even cheaper. I used to get fire starters at tractor supply. 144 for about $12, and u can break them into smaller pieces. The paper towel is quick cheap and easy.
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  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 771
    SkinnyV said:
    Bge electric starter , don't knock it until you tried it. Beats maap !
    Had one sold it on CL.  Mapp is the way to go IMO.
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
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  • mark11mark11 Posts: 50
    I've been using a chimney upside down and it works great. I adjust the amount of lump I start based on how hot I want my fire.
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  • JimboBQJimboBQ Posts: 192
    My third year using a Looftlighter. I love it. :)>-
    Spartanburg, SC - 1 Large, 1 Small, 1 MiniMax and a Mini. I may have a problem...
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  • kolbdriverkolbdriver Posts: 400
    Nothing like a weed burner....!!
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  • Chimney works great for me. I like to leave my lump low in the middle. Pour my chimney lump in the low spot. I have control of keeping it in the center or spreading it around.
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  • tactical_66tactical_66 Posts: 197
    I use a twisted paper towel with olive oil on the paper towel. Also i put a little alchohol on the lump some times. I always get a good fire going. Pick a technique you like and start that fire
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,862
    I jam a paper towel in the middle of my pile of lump. Pour a little bit of vegetable oil on it and light. Sounds too simple but works every time no problem. Lot cheaper than starter cubes.
    If you have a deep fryer, this is a great way to use the old oil that was destined for the garbage anyway. 

    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • A lot of methods here. I'm still on my first box of BGE fire starters that came with the Egg. One question I have is-if the lump charcoal is supposed to be better and chemical free for burning, do some methods (alcohol, oil & towel) run contrary to that?
    It's an obsession, but it's pleasin'
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