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Starter Cubes

BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
edited 1:18AM in EggHead Forum
So I was in my neigborhood Ace hardware this afternoon for some odds/ends and found myself in the grilling accessories section looking for the Weber starter cubes per the suggestion by Slotmercenary on an unrelated thread. I did buy a box, but there was the "Rutland" brand right next to it for $.50 cheaper. I almost got the Rutlands, primarily because I'm "thrifty". ;)

Anyone used the Rutland Cubes?

Comments

  • I would think a lot of the cubes are private labeled for different vendors.

    If you want to be really thrifty, get a fireplace log and slice off the sizes you need.

    Even more thrifty use oil/paper towel.

    Stike, time to post your pictures again.

    GG
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    The Rutland box did seem very similar in size and shape to the BGE cube box.

    Paper Towel and oil? I'm not that thrifty.
  • Our BGE cubes just went up to 6.95 for a box.

    Mothership, that is too high for cubes. Need to take a look at that one.
  • WanabeWanabe Posts: 355
    My guess is that Rutland makes starter cubes for BGE. I just bought two boxes of Rutland cubes, 144 ea. box for about $13 per box.
  • Actually oil/paper towel or napkin is a pretty good starting method.

    MAPP is a lot less cost than I ever thought it would be. The bottles seem to last for ever. I leave it on a given spot a long time.

    I don't like the sparks, well my clothes don't like the sparks with MAPP.

    GG
  • Danny,

    Thanks for the link. A while ago broc and some other folk were talking about cooing bread and such.

    They were saying the cubes was leaving an odor as the cubes took a very long time to be completely gone.

    I can't taste any difference but I usually put flavor wood in every cook possibly that is why.

    BTW did you ever locate any RO/Kroger lump locally?

    Kent
  • WanabeWanabe Posts: 355
    Not yet, but still looking.
  • Did you see my post of some places to look or call, out your way.

    Kent
  • WanabeWanabe Posts: 355
    I don't recall seeing them.
  • Krogers has some subsidiaries out my way and your way.

    Krogers lump is Royal Oak. You can google Krogers to find all the different stores but the main one I recognized was Smith Food or Smiths Food King which is out your way. I didn't know where you lived in AZ or your zip so I couldn't look a store specifically for you.

    It was an easy google search though. If the store doesn't have it they will order in as much as you want.

    I took them 4 days to get some for me.

    Kent
  • StanleyStanley Posts: 623
    My experience is that Weber cubes are the pure white, ice cube tray style, starters. They work well. My issue with them is that they tend to break apart a little while I'm "ejecting" them from their little plastic tray, and I may have little pieces of white stuff scattered away from where I'm lighting. Don't think I want that. The Rutland (BGE brand as well) are pressed saw dust/paraffin squares. My only issue with these is the amount of dense, white smoke they produce for a period during lighting. Just bought some 91% isopropal. Haven't tried it yet.
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Thanks Guys. Based on this I feel I should have bought the Rutland, since I am accustomed to the BGE cubes.
    I normally use my weed burner, but often when my elderly neighbor is out watering her flowers I use a cube because the torch kinda freaks her out.
  • NilsNils Posts: 82
    I bought the Rutland's to try them out.

    Like others have said - they do burn long - so can take 10-15 minutes to burn off, but they do a bang-up job lighting a fire, and are cheap.

    No where near the mess of the Weber cubes, and are also cheaper. Same price for 24 Weber cubes as it was for 144 Rutland's cubes.

    I did notice that 5 minutes alone with my nephews, they can render both cubes into litty-bitty pieces by dropping and kicking the packages around the patio, so neither cubes passed the "nephew" survival test! ;)
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    used one of those stupid fireplace logs to start the fire tonight. YUK it took 90 minutes to clear. I wanted low and slow for baby backs and I hard to jack it up to 500 quick to get rid of the smoke. then back it down. I love my paper towels and will stick to that. I do a whole bunch in a zip lock bag and pour the oil right on them and they are always ready. I do about 2 dozen at a time. works great.
  • WanabeWanabe Posts: 355
    Grandpas Grub wrote:
    Krogers has some subsidiaries out my way and your way.

    Krogers lump is Royal Oak. You can google Krogers to find all the different stores but the main one I recognized was Smith Food or Smiths Food King which is out your way. I didn't know where you lived in AZ or your zip so I couldn't look a store specifically for you.

    It was an easy google search though. If the store doesn't have it they will order in as much as you want.

    I took them 4 days to get some for me.

    Kent

    We have Fry's near us and my wife said the are connected to Krogers. My zip is 85374 by the way.
  • Here is a link to Kroger's subsidiaries.

    You should be able to get Kroger lump which is private label Royal Oak from one of these stores.

    http://www.thekrogerco.com/


    Kent
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