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WOW MAPP TORCH!!!!

Jeffroe189Jeffroe189 Posts: 212
edited January 2014 in EggHead Forum
So we recently decide with propane prices going up to get away for using a gas hot water heater and move to electric. I was at Lowes today getting some parts for the new water heater and it seemed like a great time to convince the wife to get a Mapp propane torch to use around the house. I really just wanted it for the egg and this was a good excuses. I have been using paper towels soaked in oil for the last 6 to 8 months which has been working great. I usually just fold them, soak them, and light them. Then come back in about 10 to 15 min and close the lid. Well I used the Mapp gas tonight and WOW I got the lump lit in maybe 30 to 45 sec and let it burn for maybe 5 min and closed the lid and was up to temp in 5 min. What used to take 20 to 30 min was done in 10 tonight. This could be the best purchase since the Adjustable Rig and Thermo Pen. 



BOTTOM LINE is if you don't have one BUY ONE!!! It is well worth the $45.
Jeff from Winston-Salem, NC  - LBGE
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  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,240
    Did ya get the 4000 or 8000?
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 963
    i agree, very effective. 
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Reisterstown, MD
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  • Did ya get the 4000 or 8000?
    8000
    Jeff from Winston-Salem, NC  - LBGE
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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,404
    +1 on the 8000.  I got one for Christmas and for me it is a game changer.  Way faster and easier.  Good in the fireplace too!
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,941
    Just a safety note with map that doesn't get mentioned much. Wear safety glasses. 

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,395
    Very true @Little Steven, they do get sparky!
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    I thought about getting a map torch.  Looked at the prices, thought I would wait a bit.  Now - with the safety glass message - really backing off.

     

    I would never be able to keep up with the safety glasses...

    Cookin in Texas
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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,766
    Personally, I've thought about getting a torch of some kind, but I'm usually not in such a rush 20 minutes make or breaks me.

    If I need to get a fire going fast I can use oil rag then my stoker and saveymy $50.
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  • Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 190
    ...and make sure you are not wearing a nice shirt.  Burned a couple holes in a couple shirts from the sparks flying back. 
    Atlanta suburbs
    Large & Mini owner
    UGA Alum - Go Dawgs!
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  • revolver1revolver1 Posts: 336
    I'm not in a rush.  The Rutland squares work just fine at about 0.10/start.  
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 2,373
    The weed torch from Harbor Freight works great too!  Up to temp in no time.  
    Thanks,

    Matthew
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    Thomasville, NC - Large BGE (w/Nest) - Plate Setter - Maverick ET-733 - BBQ Guru Party-Q (new design ) Pizza Stone - BGE V-Rack - Weed Torch (to light egg)

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  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,240
    If I save 10 minutes every time I start my egg for a year, that would amount to a total time savings of 30 minutes per week or 26 hours per year. Let's say the life expectancy of a mapp torch is 10 years. If that is true, that would mean that my $50 investment would save about 10 days of wasted time every decade. Would you spend $50 to get 10 days of your life back every 10 years? I would. :)
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • Don't know about you but I don't waste the time it takes for the fire to start, I prep the food, chase the wife around the kitchen, chat up my kids....Plenty to do while the fire gets it's groove on.

    Now, if I just stood around the BGE staring at the slowly building fire than I too would be wasting my time.....

    Though, sometime I just need to do exactly that at the end of a busy day....
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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,404
    I guess i don't look it in terms of just time.  When I used the Chimney, Ii had to lay the fire in the egg ad fill the chimney. In this weather I then need to clear a place from snow to set the chimney, light it, then wait 10 minutes or so to get going  Maybe I need to add a second sheet of newspaper.  Then I dump the chimney into the egg, and wait for the fire to spread and the egg to stabilize.

    With the torch, i just fill the egg, light it with the torch, and wait for it to stabilize.  For me it is just fewer steps,fewer trips in and out of the house in the winter, and MUCH easier.  To each his own, but it made my life easier.
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 2,373
    @cookinbob - I couldn't agree more. 

    Had an instance at New Years where I was behind on cooking and needed to cook some grilled chicken.  The Weed Torch helped me get to 400° stablized in a hurry and was grilling in about 10 mins. after. 


    Thanks,

    Matthew
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    Thomasville, NC - Large BGE (w/Nest) - Plate Setter - Maverick ET-733 - BBQ Guru Party-Q (new design ) Pizza Stone - BGE V-Rack - Weed Torch (to light egg)

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    My Photography Site
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  • RaymontRaymont Posts: 251
    I use Propylene Alcohol 91% and when in a hurry use an old hair dryer to get the air flowing. It's up in running in no time at all. No issues with sparks as you can have lid closed.

    Small & Large BGE

    Nashville, TN

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,807
    I use mine on my Mini. For the Larges: image
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • Like cookinbob said its just less steps for me. It make cooking dinner much quicker when I get home At 5:30. I would find myself not wanting to cook on the egg during the week just because I would have to go out several times to get the grill ready. Now just light it and it's going in no time.

    I have noticed the sparks. They are a little out of hand sometimes.

    Plus I don't have to get the paper towels out and soak them in oil and make a mess. I will also use this for more things than just lighting the egg and I a new bottle is only 9.99 so if that will last me several mounths then it will prob be about the same as buying the starter cubes.

    In the end if it will make me more willing to fire up the egg more it's a no brainer for me.

    O did I mention it's bad ass an fun to play with. Lol
    Jeff from Winston-Salem, NC  - LBGE
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,807
    Sparks. No sparks here. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,807
    Yes I only carry a small fire deductible, why????
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 2,373
    @Mickey - Hopefully they do not scan these forums!
    :-\"
    Thanks,

    Matthew
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    Thomasville, NC - Large BGE (w/Nest) - Plate Setter - Maverick ET-733 - BBQ Guru Party-Q (new design ) Pizza Stone - BGE V-Rack - Weed Torch (to light egg)

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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 648

    I use the Bernzo TS4000 that uses either MAP or propane.  I go with propane just because it's far less expensive (about $3 a bottle) and still does the job in no time.  I prefer the torch method for ease, reliability, it's quick and I don't want any reliance on electricity.

    As far as time saved, it wouldn't bother me on low and slows, but on those weeknight hot and fast cooks when you get home from work and need to get something on quick, burgers, steaks, chicken, whatever, the torch is a lifesaver. 

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

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  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 2,469
    edited January 2014
    I thought about getting a MAPP Torch, but I decided to try rubbing alcohol instead. All I can get at my local store is the 70% instead of the 90%.

    It works like a charm, and I will never use starter cubes again. 
    image
    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
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  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 754
    One thing I've found is that if I bury the nozzle of the torch into the charcoal as opposed to lighting the top of the charcoal I end up with much less sparking. It's due to the sparks being contained  by the unlit charcoal around it.
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
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