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Start with a heat gun

crmwellcrmwell Posts: 19
edited October 2012 in EggHead Forum
I first started using the starter blocks when I first got my Egg and then switched to an electric starter that you place in the charcoal.  And although this works good, it still took about 7 minutes before I would take out the starter and close the lid.  So I had been considering a Looftlighter.  Then I read that this is just a glorified heat gun and that set the wheels to spinning.  I have a high temp heat gun that I had never thought about using.  So I just went out and tried the heat gun and to my surprise it worked.  And I had been thinking about an Eggcelerater to bring it up to temp quicker.  Well after I got it started, I then used the heat gun to blow air into the bottom vent. This seems to be the answer and a lot cheaper alternative.  This was only a test as I was not planning on cooking at this time so I will try this method again when I'm ready to do some grilling.  I thought I would just throw this out to see what everybody thinks about this method.  Any comments?

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  • LitLit Posts: 3,134
    I have been using a heat gun for a couple years and they work great. Make sure you don't sit it there and walk away though because you will melt your gun. I had a friend melt his and have also seen it posted here before. I can have my mini to 700 degrees in 5 minutes and the Wagner heat gun is only $22 at home depot.
  • awesome!!!  It's always great when you can find multiple uses for something you already have - sort of makes me feel even more justified for having spent the $$ on it in the first place!!  

    FWIW, I use this:  Bernzomatic_Quickfire

    And have been completely satisfied w/ it.  And the "dual" use is that it's really supposed to be used for soldering, brazing, etc.  

    Actually, a couple weeks ago my GF & I were out at a food event, and 1 of the vendors was selling creme brule and he had a little torch thingy that he was using to caramelize the sugar w/ before he handed it to you & she was intrigued by it & was talking about getting one.  I suggested to her that she could use the Quickfire, rather than going out & buying a new one.  She seemed hesitant at first (the industrial looking Quickfire didn't look as "cute" as the one made to be used in the kitchen that the guy had), but I assured her that his torch, although it might "look" fancier & cuter, was either using butane or propane as a fuel & the Quickfire would work just fine!!

    So props to finding another use for your heat gun - I'd be interested in one so that I could use the accelerator (I'm assuming it's just heated air)??  It's another function of the heat gun, correct, and not a different accessory?  BTW, what do you use your heat gun for in "real life?" hehe
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    The heat gun works great - my $15 harbor freight gun works even better than my $80 Dewalt digital heat gun.  I use it if I'm in a hurry, but usually I just use a propane torch.  

    I use heat guns to remove caulk and paint, and install heat-shrink tubing, and de-soldering.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,468
    I use my Wagner to shape styrofoam for stage props. I'll have to try it...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • henapple said:
    I use my Wagner to shape styrofoam for stage props. I'll have to try it...
    Stage props?  Now I'm curious!

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  • LitLit Posts: 3,134
    I used mine in college to thaw my air conditioners coils when it froze
  • ZickZick Posts: 171
    I have the looftlighter and absolutely LOVE it. Never used another heat gun but can highly recommend. It is a bit expensive so I certainly can understand looking at other options.
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
  • I just bought a heat gun today for $22 because I forgot my torch at home and Home Depot near my Mom's house doesn't sell a weed burner for under $50.  It worked real well.  I'll have to play with it more to see which I like better, the heat gun or the torch. 

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  • I've done it, but I like the starter cubes. I do want to try the oiled paper towel and coffee can trick someone posted a few weeks ago.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,468
    Used it today...out of cubes. Worked well and fairly quick. Fred, I build stage props for my daughters competition dance team...in between cooking of course.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • I bet making those props makes a special connection with your daughter.

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,468
    She is so proud. I make props for all the different ages. It's great to see their excitement when they see them. Just made a cave and rocks for a group of 10 year olds...turned out pretty good. Styrofoam and drivet. Made a working carousel last year.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • SookieSookie Posts: 89
    I make firestarters out of egg cartons, dryer lint and candle wax :) 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251

    Sookie said:
    I make firestarters out of egg cartons, dryer lint and candle wax :) 
    Make sure you weren't drying anything with synthetic fibers like polyester....
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  • DonWWDonWW Posts: 258
    +1 on Looftlighter.  The buy in is pricey ($80).  But it works like a charm.  And, echo to watch the heat and where you hold the unit.  Once the fire gets going, pull back and let the wind do the work.  I melted the end of mine on the 2nd or 3rd use.  Still works, but lesson learned. 
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