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Nifty New Fire-Starter!

I’ve been whining about getting a solid “clicker” to start fires, so my wife grabbed this GRILLMATIC USB Lighter on Amazon for Father’s Day. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s rechargeable and looks like a mini taser but, boy, does it light a cube or tumbleweed in less than a second! Too small of a sample size for me to fully endorse, but I’m curious if anyone’s familiar and can weigh in on its longevity (my only reservation). Comes in a nice box with a USB cord to recharge. 


Pics below in no particular order.



Tim
Large BGE (2020), Outdoor Kitchen (Summer 2021)
Aurora, IL

Comments

  • RagingIrishmanRagingIrishman Posts: 114
    My first time seeing it. It looks interesting, does it make a noise when it’s on?  Just curious
    Plainfield, IL
    XL BGE
  • TWags15TWags15 Posts: 56
    My first time seeing it. It looks interesting, does it make a noise when it’s on?  Just curious
    Just a very din buzz (like a bug zapper in the distance) and maybe a tiny crackle. I can’t overemphasize how quickly it draws a flame. It’s nuts. But I’m damn sure keeping it in my drawer outside, or next thing you know it’ll be igniting jar candles and sparklers before disappearing like all the disposables!
    Tim
    Large BGE (2020), Outdoor Kitchen (Summer 2021)
    Aurora, IL
  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,932
    Will be following this thread closely.  I usually use a paraffin thingie to light my lump, and a long-neck Bic or other brand to light the paraffin thingie, but those things stop working within a week, or never at all (and I've tried all brands).  Can't imagine one with a rechargeable battery in it.   
    I've gone to a $0.99 box of 400 wooden matches to light my paraffin, and it's worked reliably since last year.  And looks like I have a few years left on that box...
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,530
    We have one like that for the stove inside. Works well. Haven't used to light up starters, etc. 

    It doesn't work too well for lighting candles, as the sparky points get gummed up with wax pretty quick. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
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  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 1,172
    Botch said:
    Will be following this thread closely.  I usually use a paraffin thingie to light my lump, and a long-neck Bic or other brand to light the paraffin thingie, but those things stop working within a week, or never at all (and I've tried all brands).  Can't imagine one with a rechargeable battery in it.   
    I've gone to a $0.99 box of 400 wooden matches to light my paraffin, and it's worked reliably since last year.  And looks like I have a few years left on that box...
    I like the "Torch Flame" by Scripto lighters for lighting my thingies.  The butane must be under some pressure, so it actually stays lit.

    Usually, they are hard to find, and almost always come in a two pack with the awful kind that never seem to work more than once.  I currently have two 2-packs NIB in my drawer.

    First world problems.
    Clinton, Iowa
  • TWags15TWags15 Posts: 56
    edited June 23
    Botch said:
    Will be following this thread closely.  I usually use a paraffin thingie to light my lump, and a long-neck Bic or other brand to light the paraffin thingie, but those things stop working within a week, or never at all (and I've tried all brands).  Can't imagine one with a rechargeable battery in it.   
    I've gone to a $0.99 box of 400 wooden matches to light my paraffin, and it's worked reliably since last year.  And looks like I have a few years left on that box...
    Another plus on the new zapper: It’s immune to the wind.
    Tim
    Large BGE (2020), Outdoor Kitchen (Summer 2021)
    Aurora, IL
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 9,180
    Looks neat, but I’d call that a starter starter :wink:
    canuckland
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,339
    I have a couple that are now a few years old. Never had any problems. I only use them to light propane burners of my pizza oven and wok burner.
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,961
    I'm just glad to see the word "Nifty" in use 
    Visalia, Ca

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  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 3,662
    lkapigian said:
    I'm just glad to see the word "Nifty" in use 
    Yeah, I thought that was boss.
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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 9,180
    HeavyG said:
    I have a couple that are now a few years old. Never had any problems. I only use them to light propane burners of my pizza oven and wok burner.
    Brilliant, gonna get it for pizza oven.
    canuckland
  • YbabpmutsYbabpmuts Posts: 249
    lkapigian said:
    I'm just glad to see the word "Nifty" in use 

    It's all relative. For instance ... if your sock drawer is perfectly coordinated, your wife might call that nifty in an upbeat way, but if you shaved your nether regions leaving just the Shazam lightening bolt ... the nifty would seem maybe not so upbeat.

    One time, I had a baker's dozen butt warbles and I got rid of eleven of them .. and I still got the not so upbeat nifty. I could have pointed out her nifty club foot, the nifty cauliflower ears, or her nifty bum dust collection but I didn't and that in itself was nifty



  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 929
    So it's a fancy lighter. Would it work on a cigar?
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