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Used to use a chimney starter with the Weber kettle, then changed to an electric starter with the egg. Chimney starter worked really well with briquettes, not so much with lump unless you choose (get your hands dirty) and pick the pieces. Much easier to dump the lump, shove in the electric starter and in 8 minutes, good to go.
I like MAPP torch for the large. For me, it's too sparky to use on the mini, so there I use 91% alcohol. That's also a very good way to get the lump going.
Started out with the electric starter, didn't particularly like it.
@CANMAN, yes, it does. You can either buy a 60cc plastic syringe (cheap, available at any pharmacy) and use that to inject the 91% alcohol into the lump pile, or just pour a similar amount on the lump. Give it about 20-30 seconds, that will let the alcohol sink into the lump without loss to evaporation.
Light a match, drop it in, step back.
Works pretty quickly, and is very inexpensive.
I jam a paper towel in the middle of my pile of lump. Pour a little bit of vegetable oil on it and light. Sounds too simple but works every time no problem. Lot cheaper than starter cubes.
Bge electric starter , don't knock it until you tried it. Beats maap !
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