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potato chips

While the rest of the world was playing Where's Waldo with Edward Snowden, I discovered that potato chips are an excellent fire starter.  Cool!
When you get to a fork in the road, pick it up, spear something with it and throw it on the grill!!!

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  • blueinatlblueinatl Posts: 94
    I may regret this, but HOW did you find this out? (and why)
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    My son has been trying to get me to light the Egg using potato chips for a long time. Never tried it, but imagine kettle cooked would work best.
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,489
    In a pile, individual chips, you didn't take a photo, arrrrrrgh?


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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,133
    Now that you say that I remember growing up that there was a gentleman that would go camping with our "boy scout" like organization that would use potato chips and paper towels to start fires.  He wasn't there very often, most of the time it was 4-5 men smoking cigars with a gas can and a pile of charcoal/wood. Ah the good old days.
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  • Oddly enough, this was no accident and I kept m eye brows intact.  I buried a handful in the coals like I do my bye starter blocks.  I then lit the edge of one chip and it burned much like a natural starter.  I did this in a couple of places around the egg and it worked very well.  I went from initial lighting to clean burn in about 12 minutes.  I had read about this before and decided to give it a go.  The chips were UTZ brand ruffles, but any fried chip should do as long as there is enough grease.  The grease gives hot burn flammability while the mass of the chip gives a length to the burn so the coals can get fired up.  I imagine you probably would want to use larger pieces and not crumbs.  Corn chips should work too according to other threads.  Could be a new use for stale chips...
    When you get to a fork in the road, pick it up, spear something with it and throw it on the grill!!!
  • Forgot to take pics.  Will do on Wednesday.
    When you get to a fork in the road, pick it up, spear something with it and throw it on the grill!!!
  • Cool idea. I'm willing to at least give it a try. Nothing to lose.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,419
    Better for your health if you burn them rather than eat them. ;)
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  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,024
    I like the idea. The problem is that I don't buy chips because I'd eat them all.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • dougbackerdougbacker Posts: 277
    I like the idea. The problem is that I don't buy chips because I'd eat them all.
    And then you would have nothing to lite ur Egg with :)

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  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 3,910
    Better for your health if you burn them rather than eat them. ;)
    I was thinking along these lines myself. Just goes to show how much oil/grease/fat is in those things.
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  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    Frito's Scoops will burn FOREVER.  Never thought to use chips as a starter, though.



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