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Unread 01-26-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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This was too funny NOT to share. I woke up this morning to a cold rainy nasty ol' day. So...naturally I wanted to do smoke something. What can I do on a cold nasty day? Hey...I'll smoke some cheese. Broke out the WSM...4 briqs of Rancher, a good chunk of hickory, easy peasy right? WRONG...I couldn't light the 4 freakin' charcoal briquettes. I put them in the chimney with a chit load of newspaper...fired it up and had ashes blowin' all over hec and half of Georgia. Said fark it...I'm goin' to the hardware store for a propane torch. Got to the local Ace and they wanted 25.00 for a cheapo. I couldn't do it. Stormed back in to the house...popped a brew...and now I'm through for the day. My wife took pity on me and is bakin' a cake to smooth my feathers.

I'm doing a brisket point tomorrow so I'll just steal 4 briqs from it and put the cheese in the other WSM. It's amazing how easy it is to fire up a whole chimney with a wad of paper...but I couldn't do 4. I forsee a weed burner in my very near future!
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Unread 01-26-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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I know how you feel. Some days you just feel doomed enough that drinking is the only thing you can do right.

Weed burners are great for that situation. I would highly recommend one. Good luck with the brisket and cheese tomorrow
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Been there, done that. Pop another one. I just did!!!

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Feel free to use my Little Chief, I'll show you how to plug it in!
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just got my first weed burner- got it from harbor freight- very cool toy- the wife just stands there and shakes her head
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Try a handheld propane torch, works great for small jobs.
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Well... I love your resolution to the problem!!! Beer is good!!
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Once you get a weed burner you will ask yourself why you waited so long to buy it.

They are great tools.
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I quit using newspaper in my chimney, switched to those little white square fire starters by Weber, one lights a full chimney with no problem.

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I had the same problem trying to light 4 briquettes when i smoked cheese. I finally put in a layer of briquettes that covered the bottom of the chimney. Then they lit. I just dropped the extras in the firebox of my Good One and used them to warm my hands.
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Or you can do the Boyscout thing. Take dryer lint, add to empty paper egg carton, add melted wax. Let dry. TA-DA.....firestarters. Use them all the time in my wood burning stove at home.
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All you needed to say was "I fixed it with beer" and we would all know it was one of those days. Would have been a terrible day if you hadn't thought ahead and stocked up! Actually for future reference when you get the weed burner it's good to start out with a few beers .
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Or you can do the Boyscout thing. Take dryer lint, add to empty paper egg carton, add melted wax. Let dry. TA-DA.....firestarters. Use them all the time in my wood burning stove at home.
That's a cool trick...only I don't think I want my coals infused with "Downy"...
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