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#1 dagomike

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:16 PM

Hopefully, this one won't start a fistfight, but I've been thinking about the best way to get the BGE up and running. 

 

I normally use a chimney starter w/ crumpled butcher paper and oil and that's kind of a pain for weekdays. I've tried wax blocks, and that seems slow too. I tried electric starters including a fancy blower, but I don't want to stand there for 5 minutes. The old ring starter might be worth trying again.

 

I was thinking of buying a turkey fryer stand and sitting the chimney on that. That should get going fast. Also, apparently people have good luck with oil-soaked wads of paper towel.

 

So, anything to get the grill up to temp in 10-15 minutes like gas?

 

And yes, I have an LP grill and use it too. I'm just looking to use the BGE more than long smokes.


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#2 Zsasz

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:19 PM

sorry I can't help as I've only ever used the chimney starter.  unless you are applying direct flame kind of evenly wouldn't you just use up your charcoal on the stuff getting hit by flame while you wait for the other stuff to light anyway?  some things are worth the wait ™.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:21 PM

I just hit it with a propane torch for 30s or so.
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#4 djinkc

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:23 PM

The turkey fryer will get it going fast but your charcoal will pick up odorant from the gas

 

Newspaper in the chimney works around here - doing it now actually


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#5 Mynameisluka

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:23 PM

I use a chimney and the side burner on my gas grill. It is really the same concept you are proposing. What kind of gas grill do you have? Is there any way to use that, whether it is a side burner or taking the grates off and putting it right above the burners?
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:25 PM

I use an electric starter. I tried a torch and starter blocks. The torch took too long, and due to my impatience, the starter blocks left residual taste.

I will watch the thread because I’m not sold on the electric starter either. I don’t have a good place to set it down while it cools off, and my foot is eventually going to pay the price.

Edit to add I was using a blue canister torch.

Edited by brewguy, 12 July 2019 - 12:28 PM.

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:39 PM

I just hit it with a propane torch for 30s or so.

I use a weed burner to start mine but pretty much the same time.

 

eta: Link

 

https://www.amazon.c...ESP7732D0RZXMD2


Edited by HVB, 12 July 2019 - 12:41 PM.

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#8 Trub L

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:47 PM

I use an electric starter. I tried a torch and starter blocks. The torch took too long, and due to my impatience, the starter blocks left residual taste.

I will watch the thread because I’m not sold on the electric starter either. I don’t have a good place to set it down while it cools off, and my foot is eventually going to pay the price.

Edit to add I was using a blue canister torch.


That's what I use. Good old bernz-o-matic.
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#9 Mynameisluka

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:49 PM

I use a weed burner to start mine but pretty much the same time.
 
eta: Link
 
https://www.amazon.c...ESP7732D0RZXMD2


That thing is a sexy beast!
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#10 Bklmt2000

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:54 PM

Weber paraffin charcoal starters, under a chimney.


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#11 JKor

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:54 PM

I just hit it with a propane torch for 30s or so.

 

 

Same, but MAPP torch.  


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:54 PM

using the turkey fryer works fine and fast, imho, you dont get off flavors from it either.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:57 PM

I use an electric starter.  As a backup I keep lighter fluid nearby just in case I have accidentally left the electric starter in the rain or it decides to retire when I need it most.   I hate using fluid so it's strictly a Plan B.  



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:05 PM

I use an electric starter.  As a backup I keep lighter fluid nearby just in case I have accidentally left the electric starter in the rain or it decides to retire when I need it most.   I hate using fluid so it's strictly a Plan B.  

i've considered getting an electric coil for that as a back up, i typically use a chimney


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:08 PM

That's what I use. Good old bernz-o-matic.

 

do you just light them in place?


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#16 dagomike

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:12 PM

I use a chimney and the side burner on my gas grill. It is really the same concept you are proposing. What kind of gas grill do you have? Is there any way to use that, whether it is a side burner or taking the grates off and putting it right above the burners?

 

 

Yeah, that's where I got the idea of the turkey fryer. My webber doesn't have a side burner. I could maybe try putting it on the flavor bars.


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#17 dagomike

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:14 PM

I just hit it with a propane torch for 30s or so.

 

 

Same, but MAPP torch.  

 

MAPP seems recommended, but watching online it seems to take a while to get going?


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#18 ChicagoWaterGuy

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:25 PM

MAPP burns a little hotter than propane. Its what I use because it's what I have on hand.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:26 PM

do you just light them in place?


Yep. The bge is, itself, a chimney.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:28 PM

I’ll pour a 1/2 cup 90% onto the coals in the chimney starter, wait a minute then light it up with a benzomatic torch... it burns clean and starts it up nice
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