Okay guys lighter fluid or not

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

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lighter Fluid?
    I don't understand these words...

    Even if I am grilling I use newspaper, coals and my trusty chimney.
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No liter fluid for me,ever. The chimney is the only way to go if your using charcoal.
  3. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    2 paper towels + Vegetable Oil. All Natural and gets lump coal coin just right
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Use paper towels. Doesn't seem to create as much flying ash.

    Works fine with or without veggie oil.

  5. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    lighter fluid? no no no!!! like most people said, a chimney starter w/newspaper etc. works great. when I had my stickburner I used a propane log lighter, even a disposable propane torch works. once I was away from home and they had lighter fluid, I put charcoal on the kitchen stove burners, they were'nt home. but I'd do anything to not use lighter fluid.
  6. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    forgot to mention when your fire starts going down ,use tongs and get 4 or 5 hot coals and put in your chimney starter then put coal out of bag on top . these start the new coals quickly.
  7. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thats what I do..

    do they even print newspapers anymore../ [​IMG]
  8. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Never ever do this!

    The amount of Carbon Monoxide given off by charcoal is incredible. This will kill you dead. Carbon monoxide is a covalent bond so going out in the fresh air may keep you alive, but the damage to the red blood cells is already done, 55 days for the body to replace those cells with working cells.

    Never ever start charcoal in any enclosed area.
  9. For lighting my drum the weed burner works great by me.

    Your right on about the C O poisoning. Carbon monoxide is accumulative in your blood and does take weeks to be cleansed out.We do allot of ice fishing around here and guys will complain of head aches from their heat source .Many people think you can "go out for some fresh air" but next time in the fish house your adding more Carbon monoxide to your blood. Two days later more and so on.
    Years ago they use to thaw frozen ground with coal and sheets of corrugated steel (probably galvanized) and when that was going for days you couldn't get with in 25' of it because there was no air ,just like being under water.Bill
  10. Charcoal chimney all the way.

    I understand that the petrol burns off and if the coals are ashed over your good, still don't like the idea of the chemicals.
  11. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    myron is lighter fluid king!!!!!!!!1
    no thanks !!!!!!!!!!
    im a watt burner no need for fluid.
    i use a chimney when grilling with lump and news papper.
    i dont like the ash off the papper either.
    thanks for the papper towel idea will try it next time.
  12. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    so everyone saw what myron did with that lighter fluid
  13. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    no i dont watch it but you sure do read alot about it [​IMG]
  14. ga.rick

    ga.rick Smoke Blower

    i use a charcoal chimney i light it on the side burner of my gas grill or my propane coleman stove or my fish fryer, no ash. if your going to buy one go ahead and get the big weber model instead of a cheap one. my handle keeps coming apart on my bargain brand.
  15. olewarthog

    olewarthog Meat Mopper

    First, the rig Myron is cooking with & the way & the amount of food he is cooking is a lot different from us backyard folks.

    From what I saw, he was use the fluide to create a quick, hot base fire. He's got a huge rig to heat plus all that water in the water pan. I also recall that he is cooking a lot of his competition meat at 350 instead of 250. You can bet he ain't putting no meat on until that charcoal base fire is fully burning & all the fluid fumes are gone. Once he has that hot base fire, he can burn wood to maintain heat & produce flavor.
  16. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm with the majority....No lighter fluid, I use charcaol chimneys.
  17. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is funny...I don't understand people thinking petroleum is still going to be present in white hot coals...I my self use 2 chimney's but that is because I am to cheap to buy starter fluid. If I had it i wouldn't have a problem using it. There are a LOT worst products going in to your system then left over lighter fluid in your charcoals.
  18. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    it was lump,and I just got it started on the edges ,put in pan then outdoors to the grill. had to fan it but got it going without lighter fluid!
  19. zapper

    zapper Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I am supprised that they even still sell lighter fluid. I still know folks that use it and even after the coals are all white with ash I can still smell residual (sp) fuel if not from the charcoal directly then the surounding ash and cooking chamber.

    I use a charcoal chimney and have three or four scattered about. I make a little fire starter instead of newspaper. The fire starter is acoustical ceiling tile cut into 2" squares and then soaked in wax. The fire starters are pretty much waterproof and great for camping. I just fluff one corner of the square, light it and set a chimney full of charcoal over it.
  20. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never use lighter fluid. I use the charcoal chimney lighting it with my Weber Performer.

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