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Lighting your BGE on a windy day

I use the Firestarters with a bic lighter and on a windy day . . . very challenging  :s
Somewhere I have a chimney starter and need to look for it, too much stuff still packed from the move  :o
Looking for ideas . . .
Thank You

aka marysvilleksegghead, moved to Basehor,KS 2/26/2021
Lrg 2008
mini 2009
XL 2021
Henny Youngman:
I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'
Bob Hope: When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap

Comments

  • stv8rstv8r Posts: 971
    Mapp torch.  so easy and lasts forever

  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,233
    edited September 25
    I use a couple long squirts of 93% rubbing alcohol! Just be careful when you light it or say eyebrows be damned! ;)
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 11,243
    Are you now using the wind as an excuse not to use your new steel griddle?
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 19,633
    edited September 25
     
    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.   

  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,481
    After all these years you still haven't picked up a weed torch? Go get your butt to Harbor Freight!!! 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 673
    I love my electric starter. I have an amazon smart plug and an Echo Flex in the garage.  I tell Alexa to "Start the grill" and she turns the plug on, sets a timer for 8 minutes, then turns the smart plug off, and sends me a notification to all of my Echo's and my phones / Apple Watch.  It's a beautiful thing.
    Clinton, Iowa
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 5,057
    Photo Egg said:
    Are you now using the wind as an excuse not to use your new steel griddle?
    LOL . . . nah  just haven't felt like it yet
    aka marysvilleksegghead, moved to Basehor,KS 2/26/2021
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009
    XL 2021
    Henny Youngman:
    I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'
    Bob Hope: When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap
  • BotchBotch Posts: 12,075
    edited September 26
    Langner91 said:
    I love my electric starter. I have an amazon smart plug and an Echo Flex in the garage.  I tell Alexa to "Start the grill" and she turns the plug on, sets a timer for 8 minutes, then turns the smart plug off, and sends me a notification to all of my Echo's and my phones / Apple Watch.  It's a beautiful thing.
    Well, la-dee-dah!!I  
    :lol:  
     
    Sorry, but your post cracked me up!  I guess I'm officially in the "Curmudgeon" class now... (and I need to learn how to spell it myself)   ;)
     
    I do have a serious comment about Bic lighters, however.  I use Rutland Squares, and formerly Bic lighters, to start my lump (if it was too windy I started the Square inside the porch, then closed the lid and wheeled it outside).  BUT, it seemed my Bic lighters were always running out of fuel; I finally bought three at the same time and kept them at the ready.  
    The first one quit working after three lights.  The second, never lit at all (and yes I know about the flame control wheel thingie).  The third, worked once.  
    I refuse to buy that crap anymore.  I bought a box of wooden matches, for about a dollar, and that box will probably last longer than I do.  They do not do well in windy conditions, but see my above comment on porches/etc.  
     
    Hope this helps.  
     

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  • WoodersonWooderson Posts: 226
    Paper towels soaked in veg oil.
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 5,057
    RRP said:
    I use a couple long squirts of 93% rubbing alcohol! Just be careful when you light it or say eyebrows be damned! ;)
    I've tried this a few times on the XL, but this method it's bad for the under side of the handle even after finished with 6 coats of minwax helmsman spar urethane spray on finish. I could feel the entire side was affected by the flames from the alcohol lighting method.  :|
    aka marysvilleksegghead, moved to Basehor,KS 2/26/2021
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009
    XL 2021
    Henny Youngman:
    I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'
    Bob Hope: When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap
  • danhoodanhoo Posts: 221
    edited September 28
    I use a chimney, two paper towels each with a spoonful of bacon grease under the chimney.

    Works great. 
    2011 large BGE | 2000 Genesis Silver B | 2019 PitBoss pro 820 | 2016 Genesis E330 (bought used in 2021)
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 8,624
    Torch+hairdryer
    canuckland
  • MO_EgginMO_Eggin Posts: 270
    loco_engr said:
    RRP said:
    I use a couple long squirts of 93% rubbing alcohol! Just be careful when you light it or say eyebrows be damned! ;)
    I've tried this a few times on the XL, but this method it's bad for the under side of the handle even after finished with 6 coats of minwax helmsman spar urethane spray on finish. I could feel the entire side was affected by the flames from the alcohol lighting method.  :|
    I started using the Ron's rubbing alcohol approach to light my mini-max based, with one of the long BBQ lighters.  After the initial ignition (fireball), I close the dome to avoid scorching the dome gasket and handle.  Just be careful if you decide to take a peek during the next ~5 minutes, there will be flashback!
    LBGE - St. Louis, MO; MM & LBGE - around 8100' somewhere in the CO Front Range
  • wps456wps456 Posts: 21
    Looftlighter 
    Same here and love it, I've had it maybe 10 years. My best piece of advice with using it especially on a windy day is to make sure you're not wearing a quick-dry shirt as they are more flammable and the sparks can get crazy. I've got 2 shirts with a small hole on my right shoulder where a spark landed and burned it.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,355
    oil and paper towel, if its really windy i light it in the house and walk it to the egg
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • I use Rutland squares and a small kitchen torch, works great in any weather.  About a 5 second blast with the torch gets the squares going really well and you are on your way.  
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