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SimonSmokes
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 8:34 pm    Post subject: Lighting charcoal without fire Reply with quote

Hello,

i have some issues with my landlord who happens to live upstairs, be 90 year old and totally insane. her building is so s--t that when i light my fire with some paper in the charcoal chimney, she claims she gets all the smoke inside and that i have to stop. having failed to find a solution with her, because she is totally nuts and won't agree with anything (even lighting the fire way away from the actual house), i'm trying to find a solution that doesnt involve putting fire to newspaper.

i've seen somewhere a sort of electrical device meant to set the charcoal on fire, but i'm wondering how good it is with a chimney.

any other solutions or input greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a paper towel with a little olive oil on it and it does not smoke nearly as bad
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grab a small sized propane torch from your local hardware store. It will light your coals up quick and clean.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew up using the electric starters for the Weber kettle grill. They work well. You cover the element with a batch of charcoal and plug it in for about 10 minutes. Then you fish the lighter out and let the lit coals that were right around the element start the rest of the coals. I switched to the chimney because I think it's a little faster. You may have to play with how you set it up, but it should work well for you. I may have to dig out my electric starter and give it a try in the uds just to see how it works.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bad news......

The smoke you'll get from the smoker itself will be 1,000 times greater than that little bit of newspaper. If you think she throws a fit over the chimney starter, just wait till you get a few chunks of wood ignited in the pit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nah her problem is really with the lighting of the chimney, cause that makes a s--t of smokes that she can see. most of the problem she has with me starting a fire is in her head, and once the smoker is going, she doesn't complain has she just doesnt see big white smoke coming to her window.

about the eletric element thingy...can you put that in the chimney, or do you have to put it inside the actual smoker ?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a gasser as well use the sideburner with the chimney..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mactoo wrote:
Grab a small sized propane torch from your local hardware store. It will light your coals up quick and clean.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The electric ignitors work great in a chimney however they smoke something fierce. I imagine its due to the smoldering coal before it actually ignites. I use the side burner on my weber which works great. The other option is a parafin block meant for lighting charcoal. Either way you will still get smoke.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead wrote:
mactoo wrote:
Grab a small sized propane torch from your local hardware store. It will light your coals up quick and clean.

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The Key is to light the charcoal quickly & cleanly to minimize smoke. electric lighters will still smoke as they will smolder for quite a while before igniting. Try the propane torch method, they are pretty cheap & will light charcoal pretty quickly.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok sounds good. i'm gonna try that.

are those propane blow torch replenishable ? and by that i mean, can i refill the same bottle to minimize waste/recycling ?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a dumb question, but if you're using the blowtorch, can you light the charcoal in the chimney from on top, or do you lift it up and light it from below?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SimonSmokes wrote:
ok sounds good. i'm gonna try that.

are those propane blow torch replenishable ? and by that i mean, can i refill the same bottle to minimize waste/recycling ?


If your worried about refills, buy a weed burner. They attach to full size propane tanks. Other wise get the little torch and just use the little green tanks. It usually takes me 6 months to go through one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 11 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently picked up a 2 pack of the larger Sterno cans. Have used one to light 3 chimneys so far, and it's still about 2/3 full. Works great, no mess, just put the top back on the can when done lighting.

Another cool little advantage to this is you can move the chimney around during the lighting process to get all coals burning evenly. Or if you're only lighting 12 briqs, you can pile them on one side of chimney, then place the Sterno directly under the pile for really easy starting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07 11 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take her a plate of that good Q and the problem is solved. Thats all she is saying.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07 11 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be sure to get downwind of the house.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07 11 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the propane torch. You only need to have it on the coals for a minute or two and the chimney effect will do the rest of the job. Lighting the bottom coals will have a MUCH greater effect than lighting the top coals for this reason.

If you have a cheapo chimney, you may not have holes near the bottom that you can point the torch into, so you may need to hold the chimney up in the air a little to get it going or you could drop in 8-10 coals, hit them with the torch and then drop the rest of your coals on top.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07 11 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also use a sterno
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07 11 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you considered chloroform? Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07 11 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

patruns wrote:
Have you considered chloroform? Twisted Evil



Or is it chloraphyll? Twisted Evil
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