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Southern Home Boy
09-13-2010, 10:32 AM
I've read that some folks use a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil as a fire starter.

How does that work? Do you light the towel on fire and put it on top of your coals like a Minion burn? Do you place some coals over the towel and let it burn up into the charcoal? Or do you put it in a chimney with coals?...

Sorry to be dense, but I've never seen this done nor ever heard a full description. :confused:

Also, does this method have any advantages over a couple of sheets of newspaper in a chimney?

High Q
09-13-2010, 10:45 AM
I use oiled up paper towels in my chimney. Typically, I put one sheet of newspaper in the chimney and one paper towel with vegetable oil on it. The newspaper burns up pretty quickly. The advantage of the oil soaked towel is that it tends to burn quite a bit longer and assures a clean/fast start of the charcoal.

Lately, I have been putting the oil on the newspaper. I know people that use the same strategy for lighting the wood fire in their offset. They build a teepee fire of splits and put oil soaked paper towel/newspaper/butcher paper underneath to get the party started.

BobBrisket
09-13-2010, 10:46 AM
I do it both ways. Either under the chimmney or just with some coals on top. I put the towel in a ziplock and soak it. Then fold it up length wise to form a long wick. Then light it at the ends and fold the edges in a little if using the chimmney or if just putting coals on top, just postion them towards the middle of the wick. It burns longer than regular paper. You can even drizzle oil on the newspaper. I use the single napkin cause it burns longer and doesn't make as much flying ash as the newspaper does.

There's a pic in this thread that shows how I use it to start the coals right in the grill:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63575

Hugh Jorgan
09-13-2010, 10:55 AM
I cut up paper towel tubes, pack a paper towel in the short tubes and pour a little oil on top before lighting.

http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/xx199/Hugh_Jorgan31/BBQ%20Pit%20Hardware/GEDC2333.jpg

http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/xx199/Hugh_Jorgan31/BBQ%20Pit%20Hardware/GEDC2334.jpg

http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/xx199/Hugh_Jorgan31/BBQ%20Pit%20Hardware/GEDC2335.jpg

http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/xx199/Hugh_Jorgan31/BBQ%20Pit%20Hardware/GEDC2338.jpg

Works like a charm.

Harbormaster
09-13-2010, 10:59 AM
One other benefit of the oil soaked paper towel is that you don't get the fluffy newspaper ash that swirls all over the place.

When I use the oily paper towel in the chimney, I don't think I have ever had to light a second time because the coals didn't light.

barbefunkoramaque
09-13-2010, 11:15 AM
This will answer this well

http://www.youtube.com/user/Popdaddy.../1/0bBGG59l9XU

this was the thread

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89034&highlight=video


Which also came the idea of spreading rubb with a fertilzer spreader!



I've read that some folks use a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil as a fire starter.

How does that work? Do you light the towel on fire and put it on top of your coals like a Minion burn? Do you place some coals over the towel and let it burn up into the charcoal? Or do you put it in a chimney with coals?...

Sorry to be dense, but I've never seen this done nor ever heard a full description. :confused:

Also, does this method have any advantages over a couple of sheets of newspaper in a chimney?

Southern Home Boy
09-13-2010, 03:40 PM
Thanks for the pics and links guys. 'Preciate it.

Strike BBQ
09-13-2010, 03:59 PM
I use oil soaked paper towell just like I would a fire starter. I fould up the PP into as small square and dip it in oil. Then lay it under a couple pieces of lump in the grill.

Odin the Dog
09-13-2010, 04:17 PM
I use three sheets of newspaper and a little drizzle of vegetable oil. As learned from the BBQ Grail.:-D

http://thebbqgrail.com/2010/04/11/bbq-tip-2-lighting-you-charcoal-chimney/

Hugh Jorgan
09-13-2010, 05:05 PM
Here's the thing, the newspapers that I take, absolutely will not burn. I have tried repeatedly over the summer. I used to use them, but not anymore. I think they changed the make up of the pulp somehow.

Ron_L
09-13-2010, 05:13 PM
For the BGE I just put the oiled paper towel on top of the lump and light.

thillin
09-13-2010, 05:26 PM
I use a turkey fryer to start my chimneys. Tired of dealing with the ash and it's much faster. And i don't have to look for a place to set the chimney while it starts.

rookiedad
09-13-2010, 05:32 PM
For the BGE I just put the oiled paper towel on top of the lump and light.

really? i wouldn't think that would light it with heat rising and all. always thought it had to be underneith the coals to light it.

hav
09-13-2010, 06:09 PM
I use crumbled pieces of the charcoal bags that are empty. I do it in the chimney and sure their are fly-aways, but they never come in contact with the food.

gtsum
09-13-2010, 07:07 PM
works great!

Learnin Querve
09-13-2010, 09:17 PM
For the Weber, if I'm hurrying, I use the weed burner. Otherwise, I spray a sheet of newspaper with Pam and use the chimney. I've been having my best success putting a layer of lump in the bottom of the chimney on top of the paper, then fill with briqs.

But I like idea of using the cardboard cores with oil soaked paper towel stuffed in them. I'll try it later this week. Thanks for the tip.

Chris

cedstevo
09-13-2010, 11:34 PM
I use the the oil soaked paper towels I saved from oiling the grates the previous grilling session, wrapped in 2 sheets of newspaper stuffed in the bottom of the chimney.

Smiter Q
09-13-2010, 11:45 PM
i drizzle some oil on the paper i use for the chimney starter. works great.

vr6Cop
09-17-2010, 11:37 AM
I cut up paper towel tubes, pack a paper towel in the short tubes and pour a little oil on top before lighting.

Works like a charm.

I started using this method the other night. It definitely works like a charm, and you don't end up with newspaper ash flying everywhere. :clap2:

Thanks for the tip! I'll be lighting my chimney like this from now on. :thumb:

keale
09-17-2010, 11:45 AM
I'm lazy and don't want to clean up any drips or spills, so I use the can spray on the oil all over the newspaper or paper towel...

Rich Parker
09-17-2010, 11:49 AM
Sombody recently told me to use a sterno underneath the chimney. It works like a charm with no paper mess left over.

stl-rich
09-17-2010, 12:09 PM
I used to use the sideburner on my gasser too light my chimney, but wifey made me get rid of the gasser (I only used it to light the chimney) For $25 I bought a cute littlle firepit gadget from wallywork - works well

Mo-Dave
09-17-2010, 06:59 PM
I've read that some folks use a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil as a fire starter.

How does that work? Do you light the towel on fire and put it on top of your coals like a Minion burn? Do you place some coals over the towel and let it burn up into the charcoal? Or do you put it in a chimney with coals?...

Sorry to be dense, but I've never seen this done nor ever heard a full description. :confused:

Also, does this method have any advantages over a couple of sheets of newspaper in a chimney?


Yep two or three crumpled news papers places under the coals, wood or lump with a little oil drizzled on it will work just great. Up side by not using a chimney is everything is contained in the fire box and you don't have to handle anything just light it up in the fire box, no dumping of hot coals or burning paper embers floating around.

Another up side I have never had to re light a fire using this method. But having said all that I now use a weed burner for multiple reasons. I can start the fire. clean the grates off, pre heat the smoker and get everyone on the block looking out the window to see if an F-15 is coming in for a landing.:clap2:
Dave

Midnight Smoke
09-17-2010, 08:12 PM
This will answer this well

http://www.youtube.com/user/Popdaddy.../1/0bBGG59l9XU

this was the thread

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89034&highlight=video


Which also came the idea of spreading rubb with a fertilzer spreader!

http://www.youtube.com/user/PopdaddysBBQ#p/u/1/0bBGG59l9XU

chobint
09-17-2010, 08:34 PM
Well here are my favorites...

A half a weber parafin cube paired with a small but tightly packed newspaper doughnut.

Also, oil soaked cardboard works ridiculously well. If you've ever used cardboard to start a fire, you know that it is substantial enough to form coals. Combine that with oil, and you have a very cheap but potent fire starter.

Either way, I recommend that you pack the fiber (paper, cloth, etc..) tightly if you are using additional fuel, as to approximate a wick. You can actually get many uses out of cloth (cotton) if you pack it tightly and allow the oil to be the fuel rather than the cloth.

edit: just watched popdaddy's vid and I pretty much agree with what he demonstrates. Wax paper is a smart choice b/c wax is also fuel, but im a cheap farker so I stick with old phone books and newspaper.

Rookie'48
09-17-2010, 09:11 PM
Weed burner, Baby!