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Best way to start a fire!

my65falconmy65falcon Posts: 17
edited June 2012 in EggHead Forum
How do y'all prefer to start your egg?
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    I just use the old fashion electric starter coil.  Leave it in about 8-10 minutes and take it out.
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  • FxLynchFxLynch Posts: 433

    If I'm doing low and slow I shove the BGE electric starter right in the center of the firebox for about 5-7 minutes ,

    For high heat cooks or anything direct I light in multiple places with Weber parafin starter cubes, or paper towels soaked in cooking oil and twisted. Then I let the coals get going and stir them around for an even fire.

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  • NewvilleNewville Posts: 84
    Two words - three letters each
    MAP - fan
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  • reh111reh111 Posts: 150
    Electric coil
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,930
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    XL BGE and Mini Max in Cincinnati, Ohio

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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,221
    I start my charcoal using 91% alcohol purchased at Walmart. I use a pencil to poke a tiny hole in the seal and then  squirt a little alcohol in 4 places in a circle about 4 inches in from the outside rim of the charcoal. Then a little squirt in the center.  Wait a few seconds then toss in a match.

    Alcohol burns clean and quickly starts the charcoal. It is very safe as long as you stand back a little when dropping in the match.  The warmer the day, the more  it evaporates before lighting and can cause a flash.  In the winter, it doesn't evaporate and I actually have to hold the match at the squirt points.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
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  • zip lighters



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  • brentseebrentsee Posts: 99

    Natural wax/cardboard lighter cubes 2 to 3 for low temp

    If I want a hotter fire quicker I use a charcoal starter bucket - bought at Wal Mart for $12.00

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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 954
    Weed burner from harbor freight
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

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  • Weed burner from harbor freight



    Keep that thing away from Michigan Jason :))!


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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,144
    The dreaded Looftlighter.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • NewportlocalNewportlocal Posts: 474
    Lazy and cheap one day I may do something else, but currently a few rolled up paper towels dipped in vegetable oil.
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  • AdamdAdamd Posts: 160
    I use Weber starter cubes when I have them or the electric element starter.
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  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,496
    I bought the heat gun hair dryer looking thing at Harbor Freight. I love it. 2 minutes tops.
    XL,L,S 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,706
    Electric starter for all my cooks.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • EggdamEggdam Posts: 214
    I shove some crumpled up paper in the bottom draft door and light it. Works great with the high que grate.
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  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    MAPP torch in a few spots.
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  • LowflyerLowflyer Posts: 741
    MAPP torch in a few spots.
    X2
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  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 476
    edited June 2012
    I have a Weber chimney starter.

    1/2 full for low/slow - get red hot using 2 sheets of newsprint, the dump in the middle-back of the firebox and cover with additional to cover  and only half fill the firebox (I have an XL).  this is good for ~18hrs or so... and add flavor chips as required.

    Full  - get it red hot using 2 sheets of newsprint (maybe 7-8 minutes - less if I use an old 1500w hair dryer for a fan) the dump and mix with unused and add as necessary.


    Although, YEMTrey's method looks like fun... 

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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    The dreaded Looftlighter.
    Why is it dreaded? I am considering one. Right now I am using BGE cubes and it seems I am the only one?
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • njlnjl Posts: 785
    Paper towel and a bit of veg oil is cheap and effective.
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  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,709
    The dreaded Looftlighter.
    Im with doc. Looftlighter
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  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,709
    The dreaded Looftlighter.


    Why is it dreaded? I am considering one. Right now I am using BGE cubes and it seems I am the only one?
    Well for most people i would say that if you use your egg alot you want a product that can keep up and save money in your pocket. I dont buy cubes because they are a one time use.. And eventually you have to buy more.
    I purchased a coal starter. Took about 10-12 minutes to get it going(followed by more warm up time) .. And three montjs later it died.

    So i bought a looftlighter. Its fantastic. It takes about 3 minutes to get two areas hot... You still have to wait for it to come up to temp. But it gets the coals hot super fast.
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  • MowgliMowgli Posts: 34
    i am using my weedburner in the middel for three minutes if low and slow

    and three to four places if i need real heat.

    Works everytime.
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  • Sgt93Sgt93 Posts: 704
    The dreaded Looftlighter.


    Why is it dreaded? I am considering one. Right now I am using BGE cubes and it seems I am the only one?


    Well for most people i would say that if you use your egg alot you want a product that can keep up and save money in your pocket. I dont buy cubes because they are a one time use.. And eventually you have to buy more.
    I purchased a coal starter. Took about 10-12 minutes to get it going(followed by more warm up time) .. And three montjs later it died.

    So i bought a looftlighter. Its fantastic. It takes about 3 minutes to get two areas hot... You still have to wait for it to come up to temp. But it gets the coals hot super fast.
    Good to hear. The majority of reviews have been great as well. I'm going to pick one up. Thanks.
    XL BGE - Small BGE - A bunch of Webers - A bunch of accessories - Ceramic Grill Works 2-Tier 
    Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @SSgt93
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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,299
    Weed burner from harbor freight



    Keep that thing away from Michigan Jason :))!


    BRING IT OVER!



    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,299

    Now that I think of it, I am going to try and use my heat gun as a looflighter to see if it works. Up until just the other day when I bought an electric coil starter I had been using the BGE starters. I like the coil, however I am not sure how quick it will be for a hot (multiple fire point) ignition.



    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

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  • I use a propane or MAPP torch.  The Bernzomatic TS4000 trigger starter accepts both.  I haven't noticed a significant difference between propane or MAPP, although the propane can sputter a little if held directly upside down.

    Just out of curiosity, for those who use a torch, how long do you hold it at one spot?  Do you hold it there for less than a minute until the charcoal is red and crackling or longer (2-3 minutes) until a brisk flame is going by itself?
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,144

    Now that I think of it, I am going to try and use my heat gun as a looflighter to see if it works. Up until just the other day when I bought an electric coil starter I had been using the BGE starters. I like the coil, however I am not sure how quick it will be for a hot (multiple fire point) ignition.


    It will work, but watch out if it has a plastic body.  When I first tried I melted one within a week.  That's why I got the LL - no plastic around the heat.  It also gets a little hotter than the less expensive heat guns.

    When I looked at metal body, really hot heat guns they cost as much as the Looft.

    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • michigan_jasonmichigan_jason Posts: 1,299

    Now that I think of it, I am going to try and use my heat gun as a looflighter to see if it works. Up until just the other day when I bought an electric coil starter I had been using the BGE starters. I like the coil, however I am not sure how quick it will be for a hot (multiple fire point) ignition.


    It will work, but watch out if it has a plastic body.  When I first tried I melted one within a week.  That's why I got the LL - no plastic around the heat.  It also gets a little hotter than the less expensive heat guns.

    When I looked at metal body, really hot heat guns they cost as much as the Looft.


    That is something I will have to watch out for. I may just not even use it actually, I am pretty happy with the coil starter.



    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."

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