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napkin and oil trick was messy

fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,101
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
fixed that, this was too simple and now the oil gets into the napkin and not on your hands

fill a big coffee can with most of a roll of paper towells, dump in a little more than a half cup cooking oil making sure to pour it around the edges. put a rock on it, why, i dont know but its my method. put the cover on it and dry age it one week. napkin looks like a clean napkin, smells like oil, put it in egg and light, wait 5 minutes.....fire

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light it, no oily mess, no looking for oil and napkins, your all set for 50 0r so cooks

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fukahwee maine

you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
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  • Nice tip and good pictures.....this is what forum is all about
  • I use the oil and napkin method. I like your idea. Thanks for sharing!
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,551
    Great idea.  I'm a napkin and oil guy, and will definitely need to try this.  
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 19,608
    Cool
    Salado TX & 30A  FL: Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). Plus a couple Pit Boss Pellet Smokers.   

  • I'm just asking as I am fairly new to my egg. I use and electric fire starter which gets the coals glowing and a slight flame. I close the lid and let the temp climb to slightly above the desired level before closing down the vents. But I never get a raging fire like your pictures. Even with temps of 600 for pizza my coals are not "on fire." Is your photo just for illustration or does the oiled towel routinely start a big fire?
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,101

    I'm just asking as I am fairly new to my egg. I use and electric fire starter which gets the coals glowing and a slight flame. I close the lid and let the temp climb to slightly above the desired level before closing down the vents. But I never get a raging fire like your pictures. Even with temps of 600 for pizza my coals are not "on fire." Is your photo just for illustration or does the oiled towel routinely start a big fire?
    works for low and slows or hot and fast cooks, i had some old and dirty chicken soot lump in there and wanted to burn it off before putting a pork loin in there. i dont pay much attention to catching the fire on the way up if its not a low and slow, with a low and slow you need to catch the temp on the way up.
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • I'm just asking as I am fairly new to my egg. I use and electric fire starter which gets the coals glowing and a slight flame. I close the lid and let the temp climb to slightly above the desired level before closing down the vents. But I never get a raging fire like your pictures. Even with temps of 600 for pizza my coals are not "on fire." Is your photo just for illustration or does the oiled towel routinely start a big fire?
    Electric is easy and clean, if you have access to an outlet and a safe place to but the "branding iron" while it cools. Electric starters can a do last for years if you don't forget them and leave them in the fire for more than 10 minutes. I have an OMC that is 10 years old and still doing its thing. 
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  • I love seeing things like this on the forums. This is what im cooking up next!

    how do you keep tobacco chewers away from it?

    :))
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  • Thanks for the tip. I always just do a single sheet of paper towel and then drizzle the oil on. I like the idea of stocking up. Smart idea. =D>
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  • This is a great idea, thanks for sharing. 

  • I have my wife save paper towels that she has used for soaking up bacon grease. She puts them in a ziplock in the fridge so they won't get rancid. Works great as fire starters and I'm repurposing paper towels that would have been thrown away.
  • I have had my Egg for about 8 years, I reckon.  Only recently did I try the oil on paper towel method of firing it up.  I am now a convert.  Much less hassle (and sparks) than my old MAPP torch method.
  • I like it. Thanks for the tip.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • Great Tip - Thanks
    Roy from Edmonton Alberta
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 8,143
    What a great tip. As others have said, its tips like this that makes this place so great. Thanks for sharing.

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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,551
    @fishlessman - wanted to thank you again for this tip.  Started doing this a couple weeks ago (I didn't use the rock) and it is great.  A lot less mess, and the paper towels seem to burn longer and hotter than the freshly oiled ones.  Get the lump started even quicker.  Great idea.
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  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,676
    Nice, Fishless. A great tip for sure!  Also, that is marketable and sellable stuff right there! Put it in a container like the sanitizing wipes. Sell a million.
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  • Nice, Fishless. A great tip for sure!  Also, that is marketable and sellable stuff right there! Put it in a container like the sanitizing wipes. Sell a million.
    Cheers. Chris
    I thought that is marketed already: pre-moistened Puffs tissue!  Light your Egg with a clean one as boogers make sparks.
    Flint, Michigan
  • I need to start drinking coffee for this very reason
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 5,309
    @charliebatutis, I just used a ziplock bag and thick square napkins. Worked like a charm. I have the bag open so they will dry a little more, although after one day they didn't feel greasy at all. I just pulled one out like a wet wipe, twisted it, tucked it under a couple of coals and lit it up. Stayed lit for several minutes.



  • henapplehenapple Posts: 16,024
    funny... just got home to fire the egg up and no electricity. no heat gun, torch, cubes. trying the paper towel trick. daddy got to have some wings.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Just did this. I used about 25 thick paper towels with about 1/2 cup of oil. Covered it up, going to open next week. Should be much easier. 
  • This is awesome! Thanks for the tip!
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 6,399
    Fantastic tip....  This group is something!!
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  • qprhooliganqprhooligan Posts: 126
    Rutland safe lite. Clean, easy, cheap.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,101
    Rutland safe lite. Clean, easy, cheap.
    the paper towel is alot quicker to light and costs about 2 pennies per startup, add to that and most have the ingrediants on hand. the only start up method thats even close to this for quickness is a 500,000btu weedburner ;)
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,743
    What kind of rock?
    I do not have any broken or spare parts for any size egg.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,101
    obviously its a new england rock B) the overinflated ones skip better
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,130
    Rutland safe lite. Clean, easy, cheap.
    the paper towel is alot quicker to light and costs about 2 pennies per startup, add to that and most have the ingrediants on hand. the only start up method thats even close to this for quickness is a 500,000btu weedburner ;)
    Call me cheap, but every time I grab a sandwich I also grab 4 or 5 extra napkins. At home I fold, twist and place them in an oil rich baggie.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,101
    edited July 2015
    nothing wrong with that =) most of the soy sauce i have at home is from chinese resteraunt packets, even collect mcdonalds ketchup packets to clean my copper fishing lures on the boat, put some on an old penny someday and see what happens
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
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