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Best way to light a BGE

Good afternoon all, I have had my egg for roughly two years and the electric egg starter has run its course. The starter has a short in it, started using a chimney starter but the flying embers can be dangerous with little kids running around. Does anybody have advice/experience with starters or alcohol? Thanks so much on advance
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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,690
    There was just a thread on this  - http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1147816/best-way-to-start-the-egg


    I use a Map torch to light the lump - fast and easy.

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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 989
    I love my Bernzomatic TS8000 using mapp gas.  I can start 8 places in less than a minute and be at 500 degrees in less than 12 minutes.  I have been using the same mapp gass container for 2 months and I start at least one of my eggs every night.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • Wow thanks for the quick response What's the fist of a Bernzomatic?
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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 989
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    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 5,624
    edited January 2013
    I have the map torch as well and it is nice, but you do still have to worry about sparks/embers popping while you are lighting.  You can reduce this if you light a bit more gradually. 

    Another great approach is the oiled napkins/paper towels.  My map tank just ran dry and I haven't made it by a home depot to get a new one, so the oiled paper towels is a great backup approach and chances are you have oil and some kind of napkins in your house already.   If you are out of paper towels you can use TP.  If you are out of TP...well...you d@mn well should be making a trip to the store anyway! 



    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • rickHPrickHP Posts: 49
    +1 on the oiled paper towel. I've used it a lot and it works great. No need for more expensive starting methods.
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  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    Weed burner from Harbor Freight.  
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  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    harbor freight weed burner, mapp torch, or electric starter. All depends on how fast i need it to get hot. 
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 4,451
    When I bought my A-maze-n smoker, I got combo package #3. It came with a torch. Tried that tonight for first time. Likely my new method.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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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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  • RGBHVRGBHV Posts: 1,317
    Fast or Safe.      Pick one.

    I have a mapp torch which is great but you also get a great fireworks show.

    Before the mapp torch I used cooking oil and paper towel. I found it to be fairly quick and very safe because I could close the dome until it got up to temp. 

    Michael
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  • Awesome I really appreciate all of the great advice Have a great night Shane
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,706

    The electric starter is boring but I still think its the best all around way to fire up the lump.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • Dan4BBQDan4BBQ Posts: 258
    SmokeyPitt Posts: 1,438
    I have the map torch as well and it is nice, but you do still have to worry about sparks/embers popping while you are lighting.  You can reduce this if you light a bit more gradually. 

    Another great approach is the oiled napkins/paper towels.  My map tank just ran dry and I haven't made it by a home depot to get a new one, so the oiled paper towels is a great backup approach and chances are you have oil and some kind of napkins in your house already.   If you are out of paper towels you can use TP.  If you are out of TP...well...you d@mn well should be making a trip to the store anyway! 

    The Map works great but the paper towels and oil is what I have been using most---
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  • AirwolfAirwolf Posts: 76
    Used bacon grease on a paper towel works wonders for me!
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  • Awesome ideas thanks so much Have a great day.
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,905
    If you have power nearby or don't mind running an extension cord a Looftlighter is what I use. I use a propane torch when camping with my small and like the looftlighter better. 

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  • LitLit Posts: 3,436
    Heat gun
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  • Shiff said:
    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.

    This
    LBGE, Weber OTG w/ Rotisserie, Weber Genesis S-330, Chargriller Duo, AR-15, AK-47
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  • I use gel alcohol, 91% alcohol on cotton balls, and a MAPP torch. It just depends on my mood which one gets used.
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  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    map torch i have been using this for a few years although like others have said wear safty glasses. i have been using sun glasses and then when my torch is at the right place i shut my eyes. kind of like a welder does some times to tack a weld..

    happy eggin

    TB

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  • njlnjl Posts: 785
    rickHP said:
    +1 on the oiled paper towel. I've used it a lot and it works great. No need for more expensive starting methods.
    That's my way...but if you have sub-standard lump, it doesn't always work easily.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,698
    molotov cocktail. ;)

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  • Thanks so much for the diversified answers what kind of oil do you use on paper towels?
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  • doubledouble Posts: 1,214
    +1 on the weed burner good use for the old gassers propane tank.
    Lynnwood WA
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