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What's everyone use for starters?

HarleyDougHarleyDoug Posts: 69
edited August 2011 in Forum List
I'm using the BGE lighter cubes - and they work well would like to hear from others and their  fav starters/methods

thanks much
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  • Had a weed burner, but prefer my Mapp torch.
    Love me some maple.  Go Canadians.
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    91% Isopropyl alcohol from Walmart
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    Just west of Austintatious

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  • BBQMavenBBQMaven Posts: 1,041
    50cc of 91% alcohol in a 9" circle, 5 seconds of rest, and one match.... man does it look cool at night!!!!
    Kent Madison MS
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,965
    Had been using the BGE's, when I use them up I'll be using another brand at Home Depot that was less than half the cost (can't remember the brand).  
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,714
    I've tried many things and have been using an electric starter now for over a year.  Love it!
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • DaddyoDaddyo Posts: 209
    Had a weed burner, but prefer my Mapp torch.
    Another Mapp torch here.
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  • Wax/sawdust squares by Rutland from Ace.  

    BGE:  24 for $7

    Rutland:  24 for $3 or 144 for $12

     

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  • We use the Looftlighter normally, but in the winter or on rainy days, use the BGE Firestarters. They work well in bad weather. 
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  • gamera06gamera06 Posts: 80
    I use 1/4 Wax/Sawdust square... in fact, the first one I tried to break from the tablet split in two, and the layers separated... when I turned it on fire, it made a big ball of fire (better than 1 whole square), so I continued this way.
    BGE XL, Large & Mini, Black Wifi Stoker Cannes, France
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  • EggspertEggspert Posts: 142
    I use a large magnified glass when the sun is out and a mapp torch when its cloudy.
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  • Amy S.Amy S. Posts: 70
    I use a small portion of the starter cube and bit of apple wood chips, etc. Oh, and a match!
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  • dbackerdbacker Posts: 10
    I use the Looftlighter. Its been the best thing I've found yet. Very fast and convenient.
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  • I have one box of the Green Egg ones but was able to score about 10 boxes of those Weber parfin starter cubes for about $2 a box at my Home Depot on clearance.
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  • Mapp gas or weed burner...both work...weed burner gets you going quicker and makes use of that propane tank that is getting dusty from lack of use!
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  • VolmanVolman Posts: 4
    Looftlighter!  Told the wife it was a "high-intensity hair drier", she didn't think it was very funny...
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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 960
    edited August 2011
    i ran out of propane for my weed burner. ,, so i have been using a paper towel with olive oil, the twist it up.. works great. But,,, not as much fun.
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

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  • Mapp Torch.  Started with the starter cubes but like the torch much more.

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  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    Mapp Torch!!! used to use the bge started cubes but i did not like them a whole lot

    happy eggin

    TB

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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,490
    MAPP only.  Works like a champ.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • SpoonSpoon Posts: 328
    Mapp
    "Pork so tender you can pull it with a spoon." ~Spoon
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  • I use the weber wax cube fire starter....boy...it does a good job!!!
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  • 4 folded paper towels, with 1 capfull of canola oil. Set at 12,3,6 and 9.  My 9 year old son lights the egg for me now, after I get it all setup.
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  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    Fatboy Mapp torch
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  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    Used BGE starter cubes, but no more. Not a big fan - torch is so much more efficient (IMHO).
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  • DnormanDnorman Posts: 117

    We use the Looftlighter normally, but in the winter or on rainy days, use the BGE Firestarters. They work well in bad weather. 

    Do you like the Looft Lighter.  I can't give them away.  I have used one a couple of times, and I see the benefit that having to stand there and hold a button down to keep it going has (no burnt up element)  But I still preffer my map torch.

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  • Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
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  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 498
    I use a starter chimney, 2 pieces of wadded up paper and a bic-style lighter. 7-8 minutes and I am ready to cook... speaking of which, it is almost time to go light the grill for the lovely NY Strip steaks we are having tonight...

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  • SCGrizzSCGrizz Posts: 5
    To all the folks that use torches, does it work ok when it's turned upside down in the egg?  I've looked at these and the instructions say to hold them upright.
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  • Salty Hogs BBQSalty Hogs BBQ Posts: 171
    edited August 2011
    To all the folks that use torches, does it work ok when it's turned upside down in the egg?  I've looked at these and the instructions say to hold them upright.



    Yes, with the MAPP torch. I bought the extender hose to make it easier to use. But yes, you can use it upside down with no problems. I think the green/blue propane bottles have problems when using upside down, but not the yellow MAPP gas ones.
    Love me some maple.  Go Canadians.
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  • To all the folks that use torches, does it work ok when it's turned upside down in the egg?  I've looked at these and the instructions say to hold them upright.
    @SCGrizz - the one I have, the Bernzomatic Quickfire - is made to be able to be turned upside down, angled to the left or right, or whatever way you want to hold it. It's market is for tight spaces, and easy, one-handed operation.

    I think some torches which might use a different fuel (liquid propane, for instance) cannot be turned upside down, but I've had my Quickfire every which way as far as angles go, and I've noticed absolutely NO decrease in performance.

    HTH,
    Rob
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
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