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Unread 04-20-2014, 05:49 AM   #31
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I DRINK my 90% alcohol thank you (with mixer, of course). Lowes and Walmart has these fir starter cubes and I swear by them.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 08:10 AM   #32
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Before I bought a torch, I was sick to death of newspaper ash all over the place so bought a case of Sterno cans. Just open, light, put under chimney. When done put the lid back on can and save for next cook. I think I'd get 4 or 5 uses per can.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 08:16 AM   #33
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Before I bought a torch, I was sick to death of newspaper ash all over the place so bought a case of Sterno cans. Just open, light, put under chimney. When done put the lid back on can and save for next cook. I think I'd get 4 or 5 uses per can.
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You could probably get even more uses out of those sterno cans. The flame really only needs to be under the chimney for 2-3 minutes and you can remove it. I use the cubes and I cut them in half. I get 48 chimneys starts for $3. Totally worth it in my opinion.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #34
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I keep at least 3 boxes on hand, gonna start doing like stephen and cut them. I wish they came in better packages tho
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They are indeed awesome!
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Unread 04-21-2014, 03:18 PM   #36
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I get them at Wally World. They work great for lighting my backyard burn pile as well. I even use them in the fireplace. My wife loves them for when she has to light the burn pile when I am not home.
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To make them last longer, I break them up into pieces depending if I'm doing a low n slow or high heat. Yea, it does make a mess, but worth it since you don't go through them so quick.

I usually do a half of a cube for grills such as steaks or hamburgers (high heat). I do 1/4 of a cube for low n slow. Using a smaller piece for low heat will help you control your temp. from the start.
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Unread 04-21-2014, 03:29 PM   #38
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Cheap and easy - love 'em!
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After reading about them here last summer I decided to try them for my wood stove this winter and I LOVE them! Cheap/easy/no fuss/muss.

Bye-bye saving/crumpling/burning newspaper. I think I've used the cubes twice for the WSM...but I have a weedburner for that. (Much quicker).
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I use them all the time. Used to use a torch, I find these are actualy easier. At least once you wrestle them out of their little foil prison.
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Fantastic for on-the-go chimney starting. One little cube and a match, that'll start anything, anywhere. From camping to competitions. A+
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I keep at least 3 boxes on hand, gonna start doing like stephen and cut them. I wish they came in better packages tho
same here, that's my biggest complaint with them. Every time I push one of the cubes thru the tin foil, little pieces of the wax crap break and get everywhere.
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I cut out the middle man and drop one directly in my fire basket instead of using a chimney. It couldn't be any easier.
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A paper towel rolled up and tied in a knot then dropped into liquid bacon fat to soak a bit. Doesn't cost much or go bad. Been using them to light the charcoal right in grills and my smokers for a few years now. Have not used a chimney in a LONG time.
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Unread 04-23-2014, 12:24 PM   #45
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I just bougth these things and it stated that you should have them totally burned out before setting your food down - Now my question is, why can't I just take an empty can (such as tomato paste mini can) - Cut it, turn it around so the bottom side is sitting up- sit a cube on it, set a blaze and then put the starter on top if it. That way you don't have to worry about the cube being inside your cooking space? .

Yay or Nay?
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