Okay guys lighter fluid or not

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ugaboz, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    paper or not to help with a fire what does everyone do, i will admit i use a little lighter fluid so you can call me myron
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if I have a lot of time I will fluid one, but mostly I put my charcoal starter stack on top of my turkey fryer burner and fire that stuff to coals.
  3. grampyskids

    grampyskids Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Go to your local store and pick a Weber or like charcoal starter. 2 pieces of newspaper and you are good to go, unless you like putting petroleum products in your food and body.
  4. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    sounds good you got that pic
  5. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  6. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    thanks but how does myron get by with that much fluid
  7. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    They work great, Just nice not having to use fluid
  8. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Light organics burn off a set temperatures. The "fluid ruins your food" mantra is made by people who did not understand the chemsitry and do it wrong.

    Like the rest of the things in smoking, if you know the techniques, it can be mastered.

    That is why I said the way I use it. Let it get hot, don't cover it, keep the draft and dampers open and it no longer exists in the cooker. But the charcoal starter chimney is a great thing. Since I started setting it on my propane turkey cooker it is pretty fast.
  9. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use a charcoal chimmney or a weedburner.
  10. badfrog

    badfrog Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    my lighter of choice also!!!! you can sprinkle a little cooking oil on the paper to light it....
  11. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    I guess I am somewhere in the middle, I dont want to let it burn off before the meat goes in. I bought a chimney for charcoal, and with the Lang i use a weed burner to light the wood
  12. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use a chimney or propane burner.
  13. I use one of these. Really quick and easy. No lighter fluid.
  14. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  15. b8h8r

    b8h8r Smoke Blower

    make sure you scrub that every time to keep it shiny too.
  16. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  17. grizandizz

    grizandizz Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I just started using the weber chimney starter last year and I like it expect the ash of newspaper is annoying.
    I used lighter fluild for 25 years and if you let your briquettes get completely ashed over (white) all that fluid is gone.

    This will date me a little but when I grilled with my father (butcher 43 years) when I was a kid (early 70's) he would throw paint thinner in there to start it because it was cheaper! I can't even fathom that now and when I tease him about it he always says "if yours coals are white you're fine boy, the chemicals are gone"
  18. yeah dude... nooooo wayyyyyy! I use a chimmney and my turkey fryer..
  19. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    Used one tonight to get my fire going for the pork chops. Those things work great.
  20. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    i use a two chimney's of charcoal ,with newspaper underneath,and ignite it with my MAAP torch.


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