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Unread 08-14-2007, 01:53 AM   #1
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Does anyone have one of these propane torch / grill tool thingies? What do you think? It looks more compact than a weed burner that needs to hook up to a big ol' tank, and I like the idea of its portability. Does it work? Does it hold up?

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Unread 08-14-2007, 02:48 AM   #2
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A lot of Eggers are happy with them, I think the Mapp gas burns hotter than propane. BBQ Guru has them on their site and I saw the torches at Ace Hardware.
If you don't want to deal with a large propane tank, Harbor Freight and Mr Heater sells adapters for the disposable tanks for @ $15

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Mapp does burn hotter.
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The guru guys don't actually use MAPP gas in these... If I rememebr the story correctly I believe Fred found out first hand how hot MAPP gets (about 3x hotter than propane)... they have since just used propane.

I looked at one of these at Harpoon, and it is a pretty useful tool. The design on the torch allows you to bury it down into a charcoal basket, chimney, firebox... and have it ignite your fuel without having to worry about the flame being smothered. It comes with a few attachments so you can hang it on your smoker while its working-- so you don't have to sit there holding the tank. From what I saw of it, it seems pretty decently constructed... and looked like the Guru guys had been using theirs for a while, and it was still in very good shape.

Seems like a safer alternative to a weed burner, and I was going to buy one... sort of spaced out on the last day and forgot to stop back at Fred's site.
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Just and FYI..

i have somethig similar.. just a propane torch with a hose, its used for sweating pipes without having to hold the cyliner in all directions.

I used to bring it to contests to light the lump in the firebox. I would just stick it thru the damper, lay it on the grate and let it burn till the coals ignited.

did that during a contest once while replenishing the coalbed. Meat was in the cooker..

My teammate(chad), mentioned that i had a propane assist going DURING the contest. Fark..... BRAIN FART!

Now, I really doubt that the small flame thats shooting out of a torch into a pile of lump charcoal can have any impact on cooking temps, but it was in a competition, and it IS ILLEGAL to have gas burning with meat in the chambers. Anyone who wanted to make a stink out of it probably could have, and been right.


Just my dime..

now.. back on topic.. the 21$ setup on amazon works well for lighting the chimneys or getting a pile of chunks going.. but i still prefer using my turkey fryer or side car. they cover a larger area quicker.
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another way around that is to get a turkey fryer setup.
place the chimmney on it and let the burner start the coals.
this eliminates forgeting the torch in the box,
"Done it" oops.
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Looked at torch Poohbah posted and also seen this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...d_i=B000PD2906

Uses smaller tank.
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Had to hop my turkey fryer up
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Rick posted a pic of his on another thread, but this is the same adapter I use. Also the piezo starter is very convienient!

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...4&postcount=10

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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I want one of the flamethrowers like the one Norco's got. I really do. In fact, here's a video of brother Norco in action at the bash he hosted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8LM_rIPI-I

Now I'm thinking I want a flamethrower.... no... must resist... need to supersize...
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