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Parrafin Fire Starters

Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
Where do y'all get the best deal for your fire starters?  I've used torches and the electric starter wand, but sometimes I like the convenience of the starter cubes.  My MIL got me some BGE brand fire starters for Christmas, but I've run out of them.  Those work great.  I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good way to get a bulk supply of them for cheap....they don't have to be BGE brand.  :)  Seems like I remember someone posting recently that they just got a good deal on Amazon...can't seem to find that particular post.  I've looked on Amazon and I found these RUTLAND SAFE LITE FIRE STARTERS.  Just wondering if you guys know the cheapest and best route to take.  TIA!

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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,413
    That's the cheapest ones that I've found @Dyal_SC just came today.  Haven't had a chance to light them and see if they work as good as the ones sold by BGE. I've been using the ones BGE sells or paper towel and oil since I got my large three and a half years ago. Really hoping the Rutland work as well as the BGE ones.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
    Thanks for the info, Scott!  I may just order some BGE brand cubes and wait for your feedback about the Rutland starters then...  :D   I feel bad using you as a guinea pig, but I'll get over it.  ;)  hehe
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,384
    I got my first Rutlands about 3 cooks ago and they work just like the BGE brand or maybe just a touch better I think it was $10 ish for 144 cubes

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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
    Sweet....good to know, @Mattman3969.  I'll go ahead and order those then.  Thanks a lot!
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,413
    They look the same as the BGE ones, Just a little darker color. Wanted to cook tonight but took the wife out for her birthday for a late lunch and still just not hungry.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
    Happy Birthday to Mrs. @Scottborasjr !!!  :)
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,413
    Thanks @Dyal_SC
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
    I've found these work better than the fire starters. I use a plastic container and no rock. They seem to burn longer and hotter than the freshly oiled towels. http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1143722/napkin-and-oil-trick-was-messy#latest
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
    Interesting! Thx! I'll throw that together right now, Tj!
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,413
    edited March 2013
    Seriously @Tjcoley that works with a plastic container?
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,549
    edited March 2013
    I like this: " 12 new from $10.09 1 used from $14.62".  I have some used lump that I would sell.   >:)

    Seriously Rutlands are good starters.  Check your local hardware store too.
    Large, small and mini SW Austin
  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 702
    I buy a fire log at the grocery store and break off a chunk of sawdust/paraffin about the same size as a BGE starters. I by two logs that last me several months of lighting my BGE's.
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, 1 Minimax BGE, Original wife and 3 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. 

    "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

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  • PSHomePSHome Posts: 40
    Rutland fire starters from Tractor Supply.  Pack of 24 for $2 or 144 for $14.  Only available around here in the winter.  

     

  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,489
    Seriously @Tjcoley that works with a plastic container?

    Works great. Fake Tupperware type rectangular. Quarter folded paper towel fits perfect and holds almost a whole roll.
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
    I just took a whole bunch of thick napkins I had sitting in the pantry and tossed them in a ziplock bag with some veggie oil. I'll open the bag tomorrow or the next day to allow the oil to dry a bit before using. Thx for the heads up.
  • pineypiney Posts: 924
    Dyal,I take old cardboard egg cartons, fill with sawdust, melt paraffin pour on sawdust. When I use them I just tear a cube off and light. Works great and pretty cheap too.
    Lenoir, N.C.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,426
    hey @Dyal_SC didn't somebody on the BBQBibleForum used to make their own? I want to say I've seen somebody talk about making starters using lint from the dryer and candle wax, but what do i know?

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  • Goose53Goose53 Posts: 10
    Weber FireStarters available at my local Home Depot and Lowes.
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,692
    Dyal, Publix has those Parafin starter sticks if you need some in a hurry. There are 10 in a box, and I break each one into 4 pieces. So 40 pieces for $3 or so
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • calracefancalracefan Posts: 541
    I use the Rutlands ,they work great. I'll take a cube and score with my knife and break into 3 pieces. Makes a box of 144 last a long time !
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,520
    I use the Rutlands ,they work great. I'll take a cube and score with my knife and break into 3 pieces. Makes a box of 144 last a long time !

    Chubbs said:
    Dyal, Publix has those Parafin starter sticks if you need some in a hurry. There are 10 in a box, and I break each one into 4 pieces. So 40 pieces for $3 or so

    I do this with the BGE ones. I get the boxes for 5 or 6 bucks from my dealer and I cut each one into quarters. There are 24 in a box so it lasts nearly 3 months per box. I also use the Weber fire starters when given to me(my dad always grabs me one when he is getting them)
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,413
    @Dyal_SC well started my first fire with the Rutland starters.  Completely agree with what @Mattman3969 said. I didn't start with a really clean Egg, just dumped and lit. Went to do something else and had a good fire in less then 10 minutes, closed the dome and was already at 350* with the fire going, the starter was out as far as I could tell.  Now to get dinner on.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,384
    Glad it worked out for you Scott. At the price Rutland are I don't mind using 2 to start a fire!!

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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,966
    Earlier, I used one of the starter napkins I made last night. Worked like a champ, and it didn't even feel wet and oily. Pulled one out like a wet wipe, twisted it, tucked it under a few coals and lit it. Stayed lit for several minutes. Thanks for the tip @ Tjcoley! This will be my go-to method from now on.

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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,384
    That is the same Rutlands I just ordered off Amazon

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,055
    edited March 2013
    The weber starters from Lowes are very cheap. Also, if you use your Lowes card you get an additional 5% off.

    I don't know how you guys fit a whole roll of paper towels into a coffee container. I pulled my kcup out and couldn't even get one towel in. :P
    Mark Annville, PA
  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 1,123
    Just stopped in at the local Ace Hdwe. and picked up a box of 144 Rutland fire starters for $13.99.  Also got a set of feet they had in the back room.  Had asked in the past, but the "Egg" guy isn't always around when I go in.  He still had a couple of sets stashed.  No more balled up tin foil for me.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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