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?