How to use weed burner to start charcoal

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by howufiga, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    OK, I had a 15% off coupon for Harbor Freight and a weed burner with electric start was on sale for $26. So I got the weed burner for like $22! [​IMG] This is it here.

    So I used it last night for the first time to start some charcoal. Some of it was leftover and some of it new. It seemed like it was blowing so hard that it wasn't really catching fire. I then found a post somewhere saying not to use full power with it because it won't start that way. Not enough oxygen or something like that. So anyways, what's the proper way to use a weed burner to start some charcoal?

    One more thing, it basically liquified the grease and grime on the side of the grill. Kinda gave off an odd stench. I was worried my food would taste funny, but it didn't.
  2. I just use a chimney with some paper towels dipped in cooking oil.
    To each his own I s'pose, PYRO!

    lol j/k.
    good luck with that.

  3. I use the weed dragon and it works great! Be careful though or you will become the Human Torch! Not quite the super hero you wanna emulate!
    Have no fear, Super Q is here! Anyway check out the link below...

    Charcoal Grilling-from start to cook in 60 seconds!
  4. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    Zactly what I was thinkin.
    A million years ago in Boy Scouts I was the Fire Guy!
    I got to hike through the woods in search of wood and tend to the fires and get to help with the cookin.

    I LOVE my chimney for my Weber Kettle. Works great!

    We're all pyros at heart :)
  5. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That weed burner is very similar to the roofing torches I've burned a lot of propane through. Looks like at the front of the handle is a knob that will adjust the " idle " for lack of a better term. Try just turning the idle up and not squeezing the trigger .
  6. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Well, I was a little nervous/scared when I first tried it. I have 3 chimneys that i use, but sometimes I don't want to wait for them to start. It seems like it takes forever. I know it's not forever, but still sometimes when your hungry you want it to be ready like now! that's why I bought the flame thrower!! lol...
  7. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    I stick my chimney over the gas grill side burner to light it. Works perfect, and coals are ready within 10 minutes or so. Never used the weed burner, but it can't me much different.
  8. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    I never thought of that! That's a great idea! I never even use my side burner. I thought that charcoal ash would eventually clog up a gas burner if you burnt charcoal over it? How long have you been doing that?
  9. delta dick

    delta dick Newbie

    I also lite my lump over my grills side burner, works great. After I'm done I
    just brush the ash off, no problems at all.
  10. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    I've been doing it for a while now. Maybe a year???

    It could clog I suppose, but I just let it cool and blow any ash out after each burn. I don't use a compressor or anything, just my lungs. If you leave it on the whole time, it lights very fast. Or, you can turn it on for maybe 1 minute to light the bottom coals, then take it off and wait. Works great.
  11. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Hmmm...I'm going to give that a shot! Wish I would have known this before I bought the weed burner.
  12. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    HMMmmm, guess my gas grill may have another purpose in life other than the occasional burn off of smoker grates. Forgot about that side burner [​IMG]
    Just when I was ready to break out that 400,000 btu torch to try it. [​IMG]
  13. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i use my turkey fryer to start coals in the chimney and its way fast
  14. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those things are SOO handy! I use mine for that..and to pre-burn chunks when needed, boil water for large corn and potato cooks... do my soon to be done 5 gallon spaghetti sauce cook, make charcoal for my other hobby ;{)...etc. I could not live without mine!
  15. crusty ol salt

    crusty ol salt Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    hey what happened to the low and slow theory? or does that only apply to smoking.[​IMG]
  16. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I got that same one, although I just burn weeds with it an melt the ice in the winter. Ta settle that flame down a bit, just don't squeeze the handle, also ya can throttler back abit with the black knob. Also, ya can cuter back some mores usin the propane tanks valve, just keep an eye on thins case that flame goes out. They are a very handy unit ta have, use mine alot. Boy "Borrowed" my first one, so I finally wen't an bought the new one.
  17. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get the coals going FAST so ya can smoke SLOW sooner :{)
  18. daddio

    daddio Meat Mopper

    the big mamma jamma is an all wood fired smoker i just got a weed burner to start it,and i love it i went from about 45 min to an hour start up to ready to cook time to about 15 min.this things so cool!!! plus your own flame throwing torch come on guys how cool is that plus you can edge the yard and have fun doing it!! [​IMG]
  19. It's kinda like the expression "hurry up and wait"!
  20. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    LOL!!! Yep! My own personal flame thrower! [​IMG] My neighbor came over and I showing it to him. He freaked out! It's like a hot air balloon! Very loud at full bore! lol [​IMG]

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