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Helpful fire starter

I don't have any personal experience with the "flame thrower" types charcoal starters so this may not apply to them, but if you are striking a match for paper towel with oil, or paraffin cubes, or alcohol you may be looking for a way to get that fire going a little faster. The best tool that I have found for this is a hair dryer. Once the flames die out blast the pile of glowing lump with the dryer from the the grill area or shoot it in the bottom vent. In a minute or two you have a beautiful bed of coals. You only need the fan function, not the heat so a broken one with no working heat element is perfect. 
A good source of cheap hairdryers is Goodwill or other second-hand type shops. The only problem is that if it is broken with no heat they may throw it away before you get there since "who would want that?"
Mine is always near at hand when I light up.
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  • You know, I had to do that the other night. I had a beer in one hand, and my wife's $250 hair dryer in the other to get that thing started.
    CC, TX
    1 Small, 1 Large, BGE Lump... and a lot of love.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,042

    And if you don't have electricity handy you can buy one of these battery powered "personal fans" or a hand cranked blower fro under 10 bucks. I have since melted this plastic one but the crank one works fine!image
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    I've used a hair dryer and it works well, but most of the time I go old school since I don't have power within a few feet of where I egg.

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,463
    I keep a hairdryer in my deck box beside my egg.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,872
    An improved version of that is a heat gun. Basically a hair dryer that blows extremely hot air. They are relatively inexpensive and get the job done quickly. 

    In my opinion, best and fastest way by far is a weed burner...and it's not even close. 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • I used a hair dryer last week to get my small egg over 1000 degrees. Sweet trick!
    SBGE December 2012 •  XLBGE December 2013 •  Yoder YS640 July
    Location: Jasper, Georgia

  • I like to drink beer and wait, otherwise it would make extra time for honeydoos
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,528
    I just run the hose from the propane tank from the old gasser thru the bottom vent and let her rip. Gets up to temp in no time.
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • My wife thought I was crazy when I grabbed one of her old hair dryers she was throwing away, but it works good when I need to get the egg up to temp in a hurry.

    Most of the time I like to let it come up to temp on its own. Gives more time for relaxing and enjoying cold beverages.
  • Try a leaf blower
    Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.
  • Basscat94 said:
    I like to drink beer and wait, otherwise it would make extra time for honeydoos
    Basscat FTW!
    Texas Aggie transplanted in Georgia
    Large BGE, Small BGE, more accessories than I'm willing to tell the Mrs. about.

  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    That's why I love my looftlighter...dual function gets the coals blazing quickly with direct touch or you can use the fan function to blast them with hot air
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
  • +1 on time to have a beer. I usually go fast all day so when i egg it is about the whole process. I never rush
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,332
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    edited September 2013
    @Mickey has got nothing on this.   The one. The original. The turbo butt cooker. 

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,191
    edited September 2013
    When there's no electricity for my Looftlighter, and no match or cigarette lighter ... I go primitive with this souvenir from India:

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