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Fatalis 03-28-2013 09:17 PM

Lighting my first UDS with fluid?
 
I don't have a chimney starter, I planned on just taking a full basket of charcoal, putting fluid on it and quickly putting it in the UDS and lighting a match or dropping a piece of paper in it.

Is this a bad idea or a good one?:roll:

Just BS 03-28-2013 09:20 PM

Bad idea!

Crazy Harry 03-28-2013 09:22 PM

bad idea, no fluid. light the top of the basket with a propane torch, or get some fire stater cubes.

Fatalis 03-28-2013 09:22 PM

Tips? :biggrin1:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-28-2013 09:22 PM

Put some cooking oil onto a paper towel and bury it in the charcoal. Light it like a fuse.

Just BS 03-28-2013 09:24 PM

Go get a chimney starter.

Or make one with two coffee cans.

Be creative. You want to keep your fire small. Thats part of the charm of the UDS.

Search " Minion Method".

chriscw81 03-28-2013 09:29 PM

is there a link to ban someone?

JK. lighter fluid is a big NO-NO. go buy a chimney starter or a weed burner from harbor freight. thank me later.

savageford 03-28-2013 09:31 PM

I googled "diy charcoal chimney" and there are all kinds of ideas out there

FireNorm 03-28-2013 09:47 PM

does the eyeroll mean you are joking?

:flame:

Carbon 03-28-2013 09:48 PM

Light an oil soaked paper towel under the basket. When enough coals become lit underneath lift the basket into the UDS.
It is ideal, however, to have the lit coals on top of the basket.

criffaaa1 03-28-2013 09:55 PM

hell, might as well use gas. :cry:

kyleness 03-28-2013 10:14 PM

One thing i use at home in my charcoal grill is I stick the tip of my benzomatic propane torch up inside the intake vent holes...only takes about 2 minutes and you are up and running. Could also just crumble up paper in the bottom and then split some wood very thin (hardwood) into kindling, lay that on top of the paper and then put some charcoal on the top and the paper usually ignites the kindling which in turn lights the charcoal....just add more charcoal before you finish off to cook your meat.

93vpmod 03-28-2013 10:29 PM

BernzoMatic JT800 High Output Outdoor Torch (JT850)
 
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This makes a world of difference, eliminates the "jackin around" of lighting the fire!

AustinKnight 03-28-2013 11:13 PM

Dump the amount of charcoal you want in the UDS basket, make a little hole in the center and take a fist size amount of frito's and put them in the little trench you made and lite them, enjoy and always keep Frito's around:cool:

Ole Man Dan 03-28-2013 11:47 PM

In my UDS I fill the basket nearly to desired level, then light it with a chimney of lit lump. I light the newspapers in the bottom of the chimney and let it burn till it's got white on the coals then I put on a welders glove and pour the coals on top of the basket. After that I wait for the temps to climb, and the smoke to go to a very light blue, kinda wispy... All before I add meat to the UDS. (Works for me)

Don't use stinky chemicals in your drum.

ssbbqguy 03-29-2013 06:06 AM

Got a call one day saying do you sell lids for your smokers? I said yes but tell me more. He said at a big family gathering, he was ready to fire it up and forgot my chimney instructions. So he put some lighter fluid in the box and went to look for a light. His uncle came around wanting dinner so he poured some fluid on the coals and he too went for a match. Well along came the uncle's friend. which you guessed it poured more fluid in, lit the coals and put the lid on fast. Well a few seconds later KABOOOM and off to the roof went the lid. Back to the caller, he keeps saying do you sell lids only? By now I'm laughing pretty hard and said if you promise never to tell me a story like that, I'll give you a replacement lid. Moral of story, lighter fluid is good for stories, not cooking. Buy a chimney at HD(not galvanized) and use often. Steve.

Swamp Donkeyz BBQ 03-29-2013 08:01 AM

You can also use the Weber Lighter Cubes. They are very cheap and work GREAT.

Toney Marconi 03-29-2013 08:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AustinKnight (Post 2427454)
Dump the amount of charcoal you want in the UDS basket, make a little hole in the center and take a fist size amount of frito's and put them in the little trench you made and lite them, enjoy and always keep Frito's around:cool:

I normally use a chimney, but I just may do this next time just for fun and to see how well it works. :mrgreen:

CharredApron 03-29-2013 08:20 AM

Plasma cutters work well too! But for the cost go with the chimmney

PaPaQ 03-29-2013 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Swamp Donkeyz BBQ (Post 2427623)
You can also use the Weber Lighter Cubes. They are very cheap and work GREAT.

I have used them a couple of times now and they do work good.

4ever3 03-29-2013 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Swamp Donkeyz BBQ (Post 2427623)
You can also use the Weber Lighter Cubes. They are very cheap and work GREAT.

+1 they are easy!

Mdboatbum 03-29-2013 09:36 AM

I smell a troll. I think it's Myron Mixon coming here to stir the pot.

AustinKnight 03-29-2013 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toney Marconi (Post 2427624)
I normally use a chimney, but I just may do this next time just for fun and to see how well it works. :mrgreen:

It works pretty farkn good I showed my buddy this and it's all he uses now to lite his off set, I haven't used them with a chimney but I'm sure it will work. It's a camping trick.

J&B'sBBQ 03-29-2013 11:51 AM

We used lighter fluid when we first started. Would let it burn off before we put on the meat. That ended, and we bought a chimney starter, when my loving husband got 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his hand from trying to re-start a fire when the lighter fluid had burned out and the charcoal had not lit :sad:. Learn from our mistakes and get the right equipment to start.

DownHomeQue 03-29-2013 11:53 AM

nothing wrong with using a little fluid.. start the charcoals with fluid in a seperate place.. outside of the uds.. then put your unlit coals in the uds charcoal basket.. (I am assuming your using the minion method) then transfer ashed over coals to unlit coals in the bottom of uds.. and wait about 45 min to an hour.. then start cooking... total time from light to cook will be approximately hour and a half.. this will insure no lighter fluid taste... if thats what you go that is what you got.. you can us the charcoal basket.. to light the coals somewhere else outside the UDS..

fmm1 03-29-2013 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AustinKnight (Post 2427454)
Dump the amount of charcoal you want in the UDS basket, make a little hole in the center and take a fist size amount of frito's and put them in the little trench you made and lite them, enjoy and always keep Frito's around:cool:

:crazy::mrgreen:

Smokin Ribs 03-29-2013 04:20 PM

I think the BBQ Gods are probably not happy with that question

Bludawg 03-29-2013 05:22 PM

I prefer AV Gas that 120 octane makes a Kool WAOOOSH when you touch it off:biggrin1:

BBQdisciple 03-29-2013 06:43 PM

Build you a little coal pyramid, leave the top of the pyramid off so to create a little divet. soak a cottonball in rubbing alcohol, light it and drop it into the divet. I learned this technique on kamadoguru.com and haven't found a better way to light coals,.

same thing as using weber cubes, but cheaper and more plentiful

1MoreFord 03-29-2013 09:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2428163)
I prefer AV Gas that 120 octane makes a Kool WAOOOSH when you touch it off:biggrin1:

Ya need ta try a little acetone sometime. There ain't no whoosh to it. Just a big boom if'en ya do it right er wrong.:doh::twitch:

FireNorm 03-29-2013 10:00 PM

Procure a magnifying glass and a six pack, aim said magnifying glass at sun, focusing smallest dot manageable on coals....wait, and consume adult beverages.

SmokinJohn 04-04-2013 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fatalis (Post 2427295)
I don't have a chimney starter, I planned on just taking a full basket of charcoal, putting fluid on it and quickly putting it in the UDS and lighting a match or dropping a piece of paper in it.

Is this a bad idea or a good one?:roll:

BLASPHEMER! :mad2:

Daggs 04-04-2013 12:15 PM

My dad made some pulled pork that he was so proud of. We were given a large tub of it, so I gladly warmed it for dinner. It tasted like generic lighter fluid and dirty kingsford! Don't use fluid if you want to eat your food.

Jethro1 04-04-2013 12:28 PM

Just go spend the money on a chimney.

chaddie 04-04-2013 12:34 PM

I bought a Gigapower 2Way Torch made by snow peak from REI online. The store didn't stock them. They're not cheap but holy cheet that's one little mini weed burner. Use the butane that comes in the can that looks like a paint can, not the stubbie little cans. The bigger cans are 1/2 the price. I get them a Cash -n- Carry. There's a thread somewhere here about it. This tiny little blow torch is a pyromaniacs dream!!! :mad2: :shocked:


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