How to light charcoal without a chimney?

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  1. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    How to light charcoal without a chimney?
     
  2. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some folks use a torch to light the coals. I use BGE starter squares. whatever you do, don't use lighter fluid.
     
  3. mjeffcoat

    mjeffcoat Fire Starter

    Get a blow torch.
     
  4. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Is it easier to use a chimney
     
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Quicker and easier... I stick my torch up through my stand and light it that way...

     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014
  6. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use weber cubes. Put it in the basket and light it.
     
  7. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    on top of the charcoal
     
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Under it.
     
  9. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    all of them or the first layer
     
  10. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Can i just light a paper towel soaked in canola oil and put it on top of the filled charcoal basket
     
  11. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Paper towel will work under the chimney not in the basket
     
  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I fill the basket.
    Put the cube just under a couple of briqs or lump at the edge of the basket
     
  13. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Is there any way to do it without a chimney or blow torch
     
  14. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    If there is plenty of room under the basket to put the paper towel.. I would try it.. what's worst can happen.. not light ??
     
  15. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto on the Weber Starter cubes. Just use some today making burgers on the GWK! They work great. Don't leave a fuel taste. b
     
  16. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    So let me get this straight. I fill up the charcoal basket almost full. Put down the weber cubes and light them. The put some more charcoal on top. Wait until it lights and set it to temp. Once hits temp put wood on top.
     
  17. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here is how I start my mini.



    Then I put a bit of charcoal on the flames.
     
  18. dcarch

    dcarch Smoking Fanatic

    This is my way. Takes seconds to get a furnace going. You need a variable speed controller for the blower.



    dcarch
     
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have an old electric loop charcoal starter.

    I have a weedburner

    I have an oxy/acetylene cutting rig

    I have a chimney

    I have lighter fluid

    I have homemade parafin match fire starter

    I am sure there is more if I think on it.

    Why the question?
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014
  20. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wuz dat Kev? Not sure I've seen one. b
     

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