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jkdjkd Posts: 2
edited August 2011 in EggHead Forum
I have noticed several on here that mention the weed burner from Harbor Freight is the fastest way to start the charcoals. I checked the other day and the one I saw uses a full size propane tank. Does anyone know if this sounds like the right one and if so Is there an adaptor that will allow you to use one of the smaller propane bottles? If not is there a recommendation on a burner/torch that does use the smaller bottle? Thanks in advance. jkd


  • DnormanDnorman Posts: 117

    The Map torch works great, and it uses the smaller bottle.  I havent seen an adapter that goes the way you are asking, we sell ones that convert a grill that uses the small tank to the larger tank.  Call one of your local gas supply stores and they can set you up.


  • I have this:

    And have been extremely satisfied with it.

    BTW, your handle "JKD" - are those initials, or are you talking about Jeet Kune Do? I took that for a couple years and really enjoyed it.
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup... Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee
  • jkdjkd Posts: 2
    Just initials. Thanks for the help.
  •  You may also want to see if you can find a looflighter.

    It is similar to an electric starter but also has a small blower/fan that I find helps get it started rather quickly.  I have used a bernzomatic torch but feel the loof is faster personally.

    I picked mine up at my local Ace Hardware for $80
  • CanaryCanary Posts: 37
    I have the same question as the OP. My brother bought the Harbor Freight torch for me. But I don't own a propane tank. Adapters available for use with smaller portable tanks? Should I seek alternatives?

    If Canary can do it you can too!
  • I use the weed burner. When I ran out of has I used my smaller propane torch paper towels with olive oil and chimney starter. I got the tank refilled. The weed burner is the best and fastest easy to light the fire.

    But use what you like. My kids tell me I have the most fun lighting it.
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • JBUG99999JBUG99999 Posts: 263

    We use (and love!) the MAP gas torch.  It seems to last FOREVER and is very quick/convenient.

  • fairchasefairchase Posts: 293
    What makes the Looftlighter different from a plain heat gun ?
  • I used a torch until I found the Guru Golf Club 5 In 1 BBQ Tool - Flame Spreader from BBQ Guru.  Uses a small propane bottle.  Stick it in the lump and leave for a minute or two.  Good to go.

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,746
    edited January 2012

    Is this what you are calling a full size tank? They make a half size to this, but why? I am guessing this will last forever on a fill up. Just for the record I do use a Mapp on the Mini (now).


    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    I keep my egg in the garage. I use a small piece of fire starter the I use my compressor to blow a little air on it. It gets up to any temp in no time. Also if you want fire bigger after you start cookin I put air nozzle thru grate or along side plate setter and it's blazing in no time
  • I'd second the loof burner.. It works great and is as fast or faster than a torch.  Also find it handy for stoking the fire a bit by putting it in the bottom vent to send a 30 second burst of hot wind through the fire. 
  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,325
    I used a chimney starter last night and it was only minutes before two sheets of newspaper had that canister of charcoal glowing. Then I just dumped it into our large BGE and a few minutes later we were at 400F. Kinda hard to complain about that!

  • hogaholichogaholic Posts: 225
    The connection for a 20 lb tank is the same as a 40 or 50lb tank. It doesn't require a regulator.  A 20 lb tank is the size tank normally used for a propane gas grill.

    I use a propane torch and bought it at Harbor freight also.  Great tool for getting the lump going fast.  Also handy for heating other stuff up, like getting the old tape off your golf clubs when you replace the grips.

    Jackson, Tennessee. VFL (Vol for Life)
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