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Propane Toch as a Starter

TXSamIamTXSamIam Posts: 29
edited June 7 in EggHead Forum
My BGE isn't near and electric outlet so I can't use any of the starters that run on electricity.  Is anyone using the benzomatic Propane torches as a starter?  If so how does it work?

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  • blastingblasting Posts: 6,020

    Yes, that'll work well.  Most often i just use an oiled paper towel, which is another easy option ( and plentifull if you have a blackstone).

    Phoenix 
  • Kent8621Kent8621 Posts: 591
    I have been using the jj George grill torch with propane and it works great.  I was using the fire starting cubes since I ran out had them laying around, I have noticed I can get it up to temp a lot quicker with the torch.

    2 Large Eggs - Madison, AL

    Boiler Up!!

  • Zeiger88Zeiger88 Posts: 164
    This is what I use because it doesn’t go out when upside down 
    BGE XL June 2017 Flameboss 300 February 2018 Mini max July 2018 Lima, Ohio 
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,527
    Bernzomatic TS-8000 torch with standard propane (Map-Pro gas costs 3x as much and accomplishes nothing). Been using it since 2009. The 8000 because it works well when inverted. A cylinder lasts a long time. Works great.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • hogfan412hogfan412 Posts: 34
    I've used it.   In your situation I like the Weber Light things - like candles.   They work well and are cheap.    Never had good luck with oil and paper towels.    The Weber things are cheap enough on Amazon.
  • OshawaDaveOshawaDave Posts: 90
    I used my propane torch on the weekend because my BGE starter cubes were damp. The torch worked fine, but, I still prefer the fire started cubes.

    Weber Genesis CP310; Weber Q1200 (camping); LBGE.

    "If you haven't heard a rumour by 8:30 am - start one"

  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,310
    I tried a (regular) propane torch years ago and had a lot of trouble with it when I'd turn it upside down to light a fire in the Egg.  They're not made for that.  It kept choking on me.

    Then I bought a MAPP torch, and it worked like a champ.  I kept hearing people claim that propane works just as well in them, so what I'm using now IS propane, and it works fine (I actually do think I liked it a little better with the MAP gas, though), and it works quite well.  I think what you need isn't so much the different gas but a torch that's designed better for being used upside down.  In my experience, anyway, a "regular" propane torch doesn't work well because it's not designed to be used pointing downward.
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,312
    still in the chimney camp---I feel it gives me a running start once dumped in the egg, and I just use old un burnt lump
    Visalia, Ca
  • Kent8621Kent8621 Posts: 591

    2 Large Eggs - Madison, AL

    Boiler Up!!

  • jwc6160jwc6160 Posts: 169
    I got a propane weed burner on discount a few years ago at Lowe’s and haven’t looked back. Hit the lump in a few spots for a minute or so and I’m good. 
  • GrillinoisGrillinois Posts: 163

    I've used a weed burner with propane for quite a while now.  It keeps you farther from the pieces of lump that pop and shoot embers at you.  One bottle of propane lasts for months.

    Joliet, IL
    Large, Mini, Stoker, Smobot
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,527
    Mapp (discontinued about 10 years ago), Flame temp 5300° I think, though that may have been with oxygen. And it doesn't matter anyway.

    Map-Pro, 3730°, $11/14.1 oz

    Propane, 3600°, $3.12/16 oz

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • kdinkkdink Posts: 235
    Just recently got the JJGeorge and love it.  Lights so much faster than stater cubes
    2 Xl's and a MM in Bergen County, NJ
  • Sandor181Sandor181 Posts: 4
    Since getting my BGE about six weeks ago, I've been using the same small propane soldering cylinder with the Trigger Start Torch to light it up.  It usually takes about thirty seconds to a minute to get a spot started, then I close the lid with the bottom vent and daisy wheel wide open.  It take a couple minutes and then the dome thermometer will start to show the rise in temp.  I also check through the opening of the daisy wheel to make sure I gave the torch enough time to get a spot glowing.

    Of the twenty or so times that I've fired it up, I only had to go back once to re-light and I think it's because it was the end of the bag of lump, which choked out the air with too many small pieces.  

    I like it a lot more than using the fire starter blocks, but have those as a back up.  I thought I'd go through the propane a lot faster, but my original cylinder is hanging tough!
  • SemolinaPilchardSemolinaPilchard Posts: 1,166
    What Grillinois said.
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,260
    I use a weed torch - works well.


    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • jwc6160jwc6160 Posts: 169

    I've used a weed burner with propane for quite a while now.  It keeps you farther from the pieces of lump that pop and shoot embers at you.  One bottle of propane lasts for months.

    This is exactly what I have. Works great. 
  • smokeybreezesmokeybreeze Posts: 216
    I've used MAPP gas, Propane, wax fireplace starters, oiled paper towels, methanol, and other starters, but my fail-safe go-to starter is the MAPP or Propane torch to light 3 areas of the lump to get the best burn for up to 24+ hours of leave it and forget it temperature control.

    YMMV
  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 805
    Zeiger88 said:
    This is what I use because it doesn’t go out when upside down 


    What I've been using since I got the Egg.....25-30 seconds in 3 spots around the perimeter and it's ready to go in 10 minutes.  And a can of the blue propane lasts for at least 6 [email protected] $4 a pop and I cook 3-5x a week.

    You'll love it. 

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

  • GrillinoisGrillinois Posts: 163
    Not to bang the standard torch head but the weed burner is around the same price and it keeps the gas cylinder upright. It might be a unitasker but it works for lighting lump. 
    Joliet, IL
    Large, Mini, Stoker, Smobot
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