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lighting charcoal brickets.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:25 pm
by slowcowboy
I am horse of a diffrent color folks and have not used charchol brickets a lot to cook with. I used them abit last winter in a wood stove in the shop to get some coals and heat going had a hard time in open flame getting them to light.

how does one get the brikets going in a barbaque grill? just strike a match or do the have types you have to get a good fire going to light them?

or do you buy the fire started gel liquid in the jug and pour on top.

Love to be enlightend on this subject. I am staring on here at a photo of the steamer or staneless steel steamer or colander trick with charchol brikets. thinking that might be a neat idea to try for a quick ready cooking method when camping next summer. Slowcowboy.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:43 pm
by Kevin A
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:25 pm
by Joamon
What Kevin said? Works great! :thumbsup:
Keith

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:04 pm
by firemaniac
Joamon wrote:What Kevin said? Works great! :thumbsup:


Agreed, and if no stove or burner is available, I have had excellent results using lightly wadded newsprint under the chimney and lit whatever match or lighter is closest at hand, takes longer but works.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:01 pm
by slowcowboy
aw, I see a trip to wally world in the future! heee. I got the picture now. wandered what them charoll coffee pot looking things were. neato! gives me all ideas now with what I can do with them charcoll brikets. Interesting as i think we had ones years ago that you could actually light them after putting them in a baraque girl with a lighter. they must be makign new ones now days that you have to use the chimmely thing. I was so amazed last winter when I dumped them in my wood stove in the shop and then fought with the things to get them to light. I though I would make great heat so I would not have to feed the fire!!! SLowcowboy.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:47 pm
by caseydog
I am a BBQ nut, and my first choice is a chimney starter with a parifin cube. Where I live, it is often too windy to safely use newspaper with the chimney starter, so I use Weber's cube starters.

I have no problem using charcoal starter, if I need to. The trick is to let the coals get a nice ash on them, so you know absolutely that there is no residual starter.

When I do slow somoking, I only start some of my charcoal, and put the red-hot coals on top of a mixture of unlit charcoal and wood chips -- a technique known as the "Minden Method" among BBQ nuts. The fire slowly spreads giving you slow and slow cooking temperatures for hours.

When I camp in nasty weather, I will often use a small bag of store brand "match light" charcoal, which has lighter fluid on it, to light a campfire quickly. It gets a coal bed going fast, so damp wood will dry out and burn.

CD

PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:51 pm
by bc toys
ok slow get you some egg cartons paper kind unsented wax and dryer lint fill each egg hole with 3/4 full of lint and melt wax and poor over lint to top it off let them cool and cut up into cubes they are the best starters i've ever used. get a chimmy and fill it with carcoal and put 1 under coals and light go back out in about 20-30- min and its ready they don't have to be gray to be ready to cook with

PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:26 pm
by Dusty82
I haven't used charcoal lighter fluid in over 13 years, when I got our first chimney. If you live in an area where there's not a lot of wind, crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the chimney works great - I think I used 3 sheets, crumpled up and put into the bottom of the chimney one at a time. If you live in a high wind area like we do now, the 2-burner stove never fails.

For other fires, we use el-cheapo hand sanitizer. Most of the hand sanitizers on the market are about 62% alcohol, and they light slowly - like a charcoal lighter fluid. About 3 pumps of the dispenser is enough to get the fire going. We use it every morning to light our pellet stove, and at about $1 a pint, it beats paying $8 a quart for pellet stove lighter gel, which is nothing more than gelled alcohol.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:14 pm
by slowcowboy
thanks folks I do use the egg cartons to light the stove in the shop, but it is desil soaked sawdust piled inside the egg carton and kindling.

sounds like there is two tpes. of charcole brikets though type you can still light with a match and another type you light with the chimmy.

on my wood pellet stove there is no lighting it. It does it all on automaticly with a electirc lighter and a computer sensor in the pot.

I have seen the pellat stove lighter stuff as my buddy has to light his pellet stove with it.

the wax and lint sounds like a neat idea for starting camp fires as well as getting the charcol in the chimmy going. I amit I am probaly going to be using my 2 burner stove as I do live in a area that its only rare in the summer time not to have some sort of breeze or wind.

its is wyoming after all and wind is our state weather. Slowcowboy.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:39 pm
by Mightydog
We don't use a chimney from the store. We use a coffee (large) can like this:
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I usually like to put a loop of wire to act like a handle. When the briquets get up to speed, I pull the chimney off using a stick or something mostly fireproof. When the can wears out, we recycle it and start with another. If it gets lost while we're camping, I make another. They're cheap and work like the 'real' ones from the store.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:40 pm
by canned o minimum
Why is nobody CONCERNED bout lightin CHARCOAL in a confined place ( ie Shop ) That stuff needs to be OUTSIDE and NEVER inside. "serious injury or death could occur !

NEVER NEVER NEVER burn charcoal bricketts INSIDE...EVER !!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:56 pm
by jimqpublic
canned o minimum wrote:Why is nobody CONCERNED bout lightin CHARCOAL in a confined place ( ie Shop ) That stuff needs to be OUTSIDE and NEVER inside. "serious injury or death could occur !

NEVER NEVER NEVER burn charcoal bricketts INSIDE...EVER !!


(Unless you're talking about a woodstove with a stovepipe)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:04 pm
by canned o minimum
ONLY if that stove is AIR TIGHT ! Even then "I" wouldn't take the chance ! But I ain't cho mama...

They say , If ya ain't livin on the edge..yer takin up too much space...

Forest Gump would say...

Well he sure said a lotta thangs...Pick one !

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:15 pm
by jimqpublic
? Are you saying that charcoal is more dangerous than wood? I hadn't heard that, but I've only burned wood in a woodstove.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:17 pm
by Zollinger
canned o minimum wrote:Why is nobody CONCERNED bout lightin CHARCOAL in a confined place ( ie Shop ) That stuff needs to be OUTSIDE and NEVER inside. "serious injury or death could occur !

NEVER NEVER NEVER burn charcoal bricketts INSIDE...EVER !!


Who said we are starting it inside?