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Starting the egg

Moe St. CoolMoe St. Cool Posts: 7
edited 7:19AM in EggHead Forum
Hi All,

Pretty new to the forum, but really enjoy reading. First cook was 2 16-20# turkeys for Thanksgiving last November both turned out great. Used the Mad Max turkey recipe found on Naked Whiz's site... Amazing.

One of the reasons I love this site is that although we all agree the BGE is amazing, they may not be the best of the best in accessories like lump, gaskets, etc.
Anyway to my question, I have run out of the little cubes that came with my egg to start the fire. Is there a general consensus on what people use for starting the egg?

*edit just realized not Whiz's recipe but Mad Max's
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  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Definatley not a general consensus. :)

    I prefer cubes(BGE/Rutland)and have used all of the common methods aside from rubbing alcohol.
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,524
    I am a big believer in using 93% rubbing alcohol. Starts quickly, no extension cord for a starter, no bad stuff released into the atmosphere. Just be careful, highly inflammable.

    ;)
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • KailasKailas Posts: 146
    I use the electric starter. As long as I pay the electric bill, I'm not going to run out.
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  • I've also used the 93% rubbing alcohol with good results. Sixty cc's in a plastic condiment bottle works for me. Make sure you stand back when you toss that match.
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  • SheepDogSheepDog Posts: 176
    The electric starter is hands down the best! :whistle:
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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Oil & paper towel works as well or better than starter cubes and very inexpensive.

    I also like the alcohol method as it is clean way to start the egg.

    MAPP/propane lighter works great but watch out for those sparks ruining shirts.

    Chimney Starter works well,but may as well use oil & paper towel.

    Electric Starter works but I don't like that method.

    Weed burner is the absolute quickest way to light the lump. One can be light and stable in 60 to 90 seconds. Long handle and less chance of spark burning clothing.

    I prefer alcohol, then oil & paper towel. When it is cold I use the weed burner. As a backup I have MAPP/Propane available and do use it once in a while.

    GG
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  • reader40reader40 Posts: 69
    i have used some like gelatin starter things from home depot and some of the campfire starters from Shopko here in my area.

    I would like to try a weedburner because it looks like fun. I personally didn't have too much luch with the mapp torch. flame kept going out but that could be fixed.
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  • probe1957probe1957 Posts: 213
    I use a MAPP torch but it does sparky aloty.
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  • atlpatsatlpats Posts: 102
    When I ran out of the BGE starters, I started using the vegetable oil on paper towel. Seems to work well, but I may try the rubbing alcohol.
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  • I currently use Canola Oil on paper towels that were folded in to squares and then twisted in a roll. I light 4 of them at 12,3,6 and 9. Sometimes 2 stay lit or I may get all 4 if I'm lucky.
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  • DondgcDondgc Posts: 37
    I use a weedburner but eye protection is essential. The sparks can really fly.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,267
    This works well for me (Large and Small) except on the Mini. For the Mini I use the Mapp...
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    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Thanks everyone. It sounds like I would get a similar result to the cubes if I use the oil on a paper towel. I will have to look into the weedburner, first I have heard of it.
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  • 'Q Bruddah'Q Bruddah Posts: 739
    Its better NOT to look into the weedburner :laugh:

    It is what I use and would never go back.
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  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 183
    I use the electric goosneck starter with starter cubes only when electricity is un available. Mainly that means I have a box of cubes to use after hurricanes take down the powerlines.
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,120
    Newbie question: MAPP is....?
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  • ShwiezzeeShwiezzee Posts: 304
    For the past four years I have used the electric starter however I just picked up a Looftlighter. Used it twice, WOW Holy Cow. (compared to the electric starter)

    Jay
    I'm ashamed of what I did for a Klondike Bar.
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  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 183
    I don't have a MAPP in case you were asking me.
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  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    This is MAPP

    MAPPGas008.jpg
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  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    I personally don't think the oil/ptowel works as well as the cubes. As far as the cost, it is negligible. For $10-$11 at Ace hardware you get a box of 144 Rutland cubes which are identical to BGE cubes and can be cut in half to start 288 fires. More convenient than oil, less hassle, not as messy, and I would argue the cost is about the same or less.
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  • jdwhitjdwhit Posts: 15
    The best starter, by far is a propane torch (they are for burning grass and weeds out of cracks in concrete). Yfou can get one for a few dollars at your local big box hardware store. They look like a walking cane. A small propane tank (like a Coleman Tank) screws on the short end. You turn the valve, light it and focus the torch flame for a count of ten on four or five spots in the lump, close the egg with the vent wide open and in ten minutes the egg is rocking.
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  • jdwhitjdwhit Posts: 15
    The best starter, by far is a propane torch (they are for burning grass and weeds out of cracks in concrete). Yfou can get one for a few dollars at your local big box hardware store. They look like a walking cane. A small propane tank (like a Coleman Tank) screws on the short end. You turn the valve, light it and focus the torch flame for a count of ten on four or five spots in the lump, close the egg with the vent wide open and in ten minutes the egg is rocking.
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  • jaymag_87jaymag_87 Posts: 108
    I use SureStart Fire Starting Squares. They're easy. I'm lazy. AND running out gives me an excuse to go into Elliott's Hardware, where we bought both BGEs. ;)
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  • Jersey DougJersey Doug Posts: 459
    I've used cubes, oil on paper towels, propane, MAPP and a starter chimney. The starter chimney works best for me and it costs nothing to run.
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  • CNLCNL Posts: 96
    I keep a mapp torch on hand for hurry lites. Hurry is not normally my goal with my egging time. I normally use starter cubes because they work well are clean and I can't prove a huge savings with oil soaked towels. I'm intrigued by the alcohol (too much sometimes :) ) I would be interested in the $$ difference between that and the cubes. I buy my cubes @ Ace or I chip up an organic fire log and keep it in a coffee can. That is pretty cheap.
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