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Unread 12-06-2011, 07:45 AM   #16
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Is there any lighter fluid smell associated with them?
No, I've been using them for years. But still have my chimney in case I'm in a bind.
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Unread 12-06-2011, 10:55 AM   #17
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I still use my chimney, when I run out of propane for one of my weed burners....
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i've seen 'em never thought to use 'em.
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The things are simply AMAZING. The cubes are tiny too... like 1"x1". Lights instantly too!!!!! I'm telling you guys, grab a pack of these and start your fires for about 17 cents and only a few seconds of your time.
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We make homemade fire starter cubes with the boys in Cub Scouts our of cardboard egg cartons, wax and dryer lint. Pretty easy and even cheaper!
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they work really good with no lighter fluid smell. no petroleum products. good stuff
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I use them under my chimney starter.
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I have been using them for a while now. However, I usually use one with 8 or so briquettes around it, as a decent fire needs a coal bed and this is the quickest way I have found so far.
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I have used them off and on for years for grilling but they do put off a chemical smell along with some black smoke when first lit. So I start them on the concrete with a bic lighter and then put the chimney over it. I also keep a couple in my emergency kit that i carry when riding my dirtbike in remote parts of the desert. I read somewhere that they will burn even when wet.

However I wouldn't use them in a stickburner due to fear of leaving a chemical residue on the walls of the cooking chamber. I'd stick with the weedburner for that...
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However I wouldn't use them in a stickburner due to fear of leaving a chemical residue on the walls of the cooking chamber. I'd stick with the weedburner for that...
I love those little cubes. Light a chimney of charcoal on the old Weber, then put the lit coals into the stickburner firebox, then add sticks.
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I use the Rutland starters in my Egg and with the chimney for my kettle. The Rutland starters are super cheap and come in a big box that lasts a long time.

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The outback has a surprisingly low number of stores, and so the inhabitants raised there are known for their innovative ways.
We used to use those old plastic film canisters, and fill them with thin ribbons of newspaper, parrafin and cotton wool.
Empty and slice into two rolls and store.
Those babies will get a hardwood fire going in a hurry.
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I wonder, drop one in a UDS fire basket?
I use them on my WSM - they work great. I imagine they'd be the same on a UDS basket.
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We make homemade fire starter cubes with the boys in Cub Scouts our of cardboard egg cartons, wax and dryer lint. Pretty easy and even cheaper!
I have known this for years, but have never done. Obviously, three ingredients seems easy. I wonder how much lint can you pack in there, and what do you use for wax/how much to use? I guess I've had reasonable fiscal resources to just use paper in the chimney (super cheap), but that is not working with the Humphrey lump and cold weather.
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The only time I'll use them is if one of my Big Green Eggs are frozen shut-
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