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Help! Starting BGE

06TechGrad06TechGrad Posts: 5
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum

I need some help in starting the egg without the little starter chip that is comprised of sawdust or whatever. I always use those but am out and don't have time to run to the store. I read somewhere that you can use newspapers. Is that true? What from around the house can I use?




  • frankie482frankie482 Posts: 254
    Paper towels rolled up and dipped in oil.
  • ShedFarmShedFarm Posts: 499
    edited May 2012
    Don't use newspapers, if you can help it. Take a paper towel, and drizzle a little vegetable oil over the surface. You're not looking to soak the entire thing. Take hold of opposite corners and twist it up into a sort of loose wick, and stick it into/under your lump, leaving the ends sticking out. Light the ends. Cheap and easy, without the waxy smoke issues you get with the starter cubes.
    BJ (Powhatan, VA)
  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    What about using a mini torch? 

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  • NewportlocalNewportlocal Posts: 474
    I see same response as what I did today. I roll up paper towels and dip in vegetable oil lay some charcoal over it and light. Works great every time.
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 944
    I use a MAP gas torch. 45 sec - 1 minute. After 30+ starts this way, some lump must of been sitting just right as it directed the heat back to the tip and melted it some. It was enough that I need a new tip. I still like and will use the torch but I will watch it more. I would like to try the paper towel soon. One square? Two?

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  • njlnjl Posts: 804
    Paper towel with some oil on it is probably the cheapest/easiest/most reliable method.  I fold the paper towel twice into a small square, pour some waste cooking oil into the center, roll it up, stick it in the lump, light it, and 10 minutes later, I have a good fire.
  • horsefleshhorseflesh Posts: 204
    I really like my electric starter. It also affords the flexibility to easily light a smaller fire or a bigger fire, depending on how you pile the fuel around it and how long you leave it in.
  • twlangantwlangan Posts: 293
    I have my wife save paper towels that she has used to soak up bacon grease and put them in a large ziplock bag we keep in the fridge. I tear the towels into strips and use them as fire starters. It works great. They burn long enough to light the lump every time.
  • Chapsz28Chapsz28 Posts: 9
    I use an electric...seems reliable and pretty safe too
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
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