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3/25/08 1:43 AM
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i guess i should say most durable. i have went thru 3 of them dumbass walmart ones in like 1 1/2 years!
3/25/08 1:47 AM
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weber or stephen raichlen one??? which looks better?
3/25/08 1:51 AM
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15 bucks for weber 30 for raichlens
3/25/08 8:27 AM
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I'm happy with my Weber starter. I use a Mapp torch instead of paper and have hot coals pretty fast. The Raichlen starter has crummy reviews on Amazon.
3/25/08 9:16 AM
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3/25/08 9:16 AM
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3/25/08 9:55 AM
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I go through those Walmart ones too - I've had better luck just using an electric starter; at least I remember to bring that one into the house after I use it
3/25/08 10:53 AM
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They all crap out after a while, man. Don't sweat it. You have to understand that these things are made of thin ass sheet metal and they're being subjected to like 2000 degree temperatures. Keeping them out of the weather can help extend their life, but when you buy one, just know that you're not going to have it that long. The Weber and Lodge ones are pretty good for the money. samiclaus is right about the MAPP torch. Not only is it very effective, but it will shave at least 5 minutes off the warm up time. It also lasts forever, unlike electric starters. Also, when you are drunk on your back patio, you can melt beer cans with it.
3/27/08 9:47 PM
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3/27/08 11:46 PM
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Is this the MAPP torch you're talking about? http://www.amazon.com/Self-Igniting-Torch-SMP-41-Propane/dp/B000FMQ6GK
3/28/08 1:00 AM
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umm.. mine's a BernzoMatic I got at Home Depot for like $35 including the gas.
3/28/08 10:01 AM
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3/28/08 7:05 PM
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3/28/08 7:06 PM
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/\/\/ lol unintended joke life size!
3/28/08 9:05 PM
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I drilled out one of the vent holes on my chimney so the torch head engages enough to support itself. crappy camera phone pic. Photobucket
3/29/08 9:17 AM
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lol good idea yeah, that is the same one I have.
3/29/08 10:45 AM
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Nice! I'm getting one.
3/29/08 7:08 PM
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hells yea
3/30/08 11:43 AM
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So you just leave it on in there?  Never thought of that.  I have a wad of paper towels with vegetable oil on them underneath.  It smolders for about 10 minutes but once it gets hot enough to start pulling air up through it it will get red hot pretty quick.  I'm going to fashion some sort of forced air pedestal to make it faster.
3/30/08 7:54 PM
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I have a 10 gallon Cornelius keg left over from my home brewing days, thinking about converting it into a giant chimney. Just for shits & giggles.
3/31/08 12:02 AM
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