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Looftlighter - Worth it?



  • This is the fourth summer I’ve used my looflighter. I have melted the shield on the end, but it still works fine. Like some others, I like the way the fan drives the fire deep into the coals quickly. Will buy another one if this craps out, as long as I have a place to plug it in
  • lerxst6lerxst6 Posts: 6
    I like the Looftlighter. I’ve had it since Christmas - much quicker than the squares. Like others said - my egg is close enough to an outlet so no big deal for me. 
  • dstearndstearn Posts: 1,623
    Lots of ways to skin this cat. That said, we have sold plenty and have yet to receive one negative comment. Egg sells a couple versions as well. One is butane if the cord is an issue. 
    I bought mine at your store several years ago and it is still going strong.
  • jeponlinejeponline Posts: 290
    I switched from the looftlighter to the JJ George torch.  I find they take the same time to light the egg, but with the torch I don't have to worry about the cord.
    Large BGE
    Huntsville, AL
  • MikeeMikee Posts: 891
    I’ve never actually used a looflighter, but I have used a torch. Personally, I think your rubbing alcohol and cotton ball method is solid. I like to light and walk away. Lately I’ve been using Rutland Safe Lite Fire Starter squares.  They are basically the same thing as the BGE squares at a fraction of the cost.  $19 for a pack of 144 on Amazon.  
    Been using these for the past couple of years. Tractor Supply sells the 144 count for a little over $10 when on sale. I can break them in half when lighting  the mini or small; the large I use a full one. I still like the chimney stove, but these starters are more convenient.
  • chappy319chappy319 Posts: 50
    I have one. To be honest, a 1500 watt heat gun works just as well.
  • whldchwhldch Posts: 126
    I just used my harbor Freight torch for the first time this past weekend and it worked great. Lit the lump nice and evenly, long hose was helpful. I had to carry the propane tank over and back but I plan to use it a lot. Was a little over $20 with coupon.
  • CPARKTXCPARKTX Posts: 2,095
    I had one and loved it...last about two years.  Switched to a gas torch, and frankly miss the Looflighter and may get another one.  
    LBGE & SBGE.  Central Texas.  
  • ZickZick Posts: 188
    I have had mine for at least 6 years.  Still works perfectly.
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
  • Bear 007Bear 007 Posts: 380
    I've had this thing for something like ten years, great investment.

  • bookswbooksw Posts: 469
    I had a looflighter for several years and the end squashed in from touching the coals but it still worked great and I didn’t care.  It stopped working a few months ago and we replaced it with the BGE branded looflighter and I like it better because it has the option of fan with or without heat.  I did a low and slow yesterday (I use the firelighter squares for low and slow) and the fire started to go out after I set the meat- I used the no-heat fan option of the looflighter underneath to get it going again.
    Charleston, SC

    L/MiniMax Eggs
  • NDGNDG Posts: 2,217
    I have been using one for 5+ years and it’s OK, but obvi you are stuck holding button down for 3 mins or so why it’s starting . . The cheapo electric wand starter was nice bc I could stick deep in coals and get a small task down like water plants etc etc 
    Columbus, Ohio
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,790
    Here's what works for me. 
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • mlc2013mlc2013 Posts: 988
    I've always used BGE version while at home as my egg is next to an outlet never had any problems going on 3 years now. I use safe lite when not at home both work great. The sparking can get annoying but Im so immune to it now that I didn't even realized it sparked until I read someones post pointing out the sparks
    Long Island NY    
    1 XL BGE 12/17, 1 LG BGE 3/18, 1 MM BGE 3/18
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