Let's see what the different lighting techniques are employed by egg heads for starting their eggs.
For years mine was the use of a BGE electric starter. First I would stir the old unused lump to get rid of the fines and then push them back, insert the electric starter, move the old lump back over the starter, add new lump and plug in the starter.
This was easy and worked rather well on my large providing a fairly even startup of lump. However, on the small, it tends to create hot spots usually towards the handle end of the starter.
A couple of weeks ago someone on this forum suggested not stirring the lump and using a mapp torch to light the lump in various places. This works great without creating hot spots, is easier and is now my default method.
How do the rest of you egg heads start her up?