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A little charcoal lighting tip

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi

Just a little tip I picked up at the BBQ champs in KC......................
For those of you struggling with lighting your charcoal try using Pringles or other, yes crisps! the oil in them burns very well n slow and will light any stubborn briquette :D

post #2 of 15
Have you been on the Juice again? 🍻🍸🍹🍷
post #3 of 15

Propane torches were made for lighting Smokers, I prefer to eat my Pringles!

 

post #4 of 15

A heat gun gets charcoal lit in less than a minute, it's by far the best way I've used to light charcoal.

 

This is the one I use that cost a tenner

 

 

 

http://www.screwfix.com/p/energer-2000w-heat-gun-240v/59740

post #5 of 15
I use a chimney and one or two natural firelighters
post #6 of 15

Great tip about the Pringles Brian - but what a waste...

 

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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post
 

Propane torches were made for lighting Smokers, I prefer to eat my Pringles!

 

 Mapp gas does the trick for me - originally bought for Creme Brulee (no don't ask!)

 

 

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post #7 of 15


I collect the inside of the toilet roll, stuff them in the chimney and off it goes Thumbs Up

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by bravemurphy View Post


I collect the inside of the toilet roll, stuff them in the chimney and off it goes icon14.gif
you must go through a lot of toilet roll hahaha :)
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by MrVernall View Post

I use a chimney and one or two natural firelighters

See all those flames, that's wasting fuel and heat. By loading your charcoal basket in the the smoker and lighting the fuel with a torch you will get a longer burn and you preheat the smoker. In my Mini-WSM when I used to use the chimney I would only get a 6-7 hour cook time and have to reload. Using the torch and lighting through my vents I know can get a 12-16 hour cook time depending on the weather.

The electric heat does work as long as you have a power source to plug it into. The places we camp there's no power and I don't believe in running a generator. So for me the best lighter is the torch.
post #10 of 15

A weed burner works pretty well.

post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

See all those flames, that's wasting fuel and heat. By loading your charcoal basket in the the smoker and lighting the fuel with a torch you will get a longer burn and you preheat the smoker. In my Mini-WSM when I used to use the chimney I would only get a 6-7 hour cook time and have to reload. Using the torch and lighting through my vents I know can get a 12-16 hour cook time depending on the weather.

The electric heat does work as long as you have a power source to plug it into. The places we camp there's no power and I don't believe in running a generator. So for me the best lighter is the torch.
That is interesting. I have aways used a chimney as it is so easy. Also a lot of the flames you see in that picture are from the firelighters, but I can see what you're saying about losing heat. Maybe I will try a propane torch next time. Thanks
post #12 of 15

I adopted Steve's idea of placing the chimney on a single burner camping stove, it works every time.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by smokewood View Post

I adopted Steve's idea of placing the chimney on a single burner camping stove, it works every time.


Yes starts every time, would of posted that up but had no pictures!
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I do too it's just a tip if your stuck with no other means of lighting! Lol!
post #15 of 15

Ahh lighting inside the smoker, I use my chimney on the patio floor - didnt think of that one ! Good shout. 

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