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SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 09:08 AM
This is how I do it everytime.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCH_sTO1hoY

bikerm40
11-26-2014, 09:19 AM
Let it begin lol

CharredApron
11-26-2014, 09:19 AM
Me Too! Myron likes this technique too! I dont add fluid to my wood though. N0 wood till my coals are allashed over. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

ButtBurner
11-26-2014, 09:21 AM
trying to up your value in your lighter fluid stocks?

pjtexas1
11-26-2014, 09:30 AM
Only problem with lighter fluid is people that don't know to let it burn off completely.

SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 09:30 AM
Me Too! Myron likes this technique too! I dont add fluid to my wood though. N0 wood till my coals are allashed over. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Only the first stick.

bikerm40
11-26-2014, 09:40 AM
I don't know about Smitty getting a fire going, but he sure can get a thread fired up

pjtexas1
11-26-2014, 09:43 AM
I don't know about Smitty getting a fire going, but he sure can get a thread fired up

I agree. He has 2 lighter fluid threads going. I think he just likes to be the instigator:laugh:

SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 09:44 AM
I don't know about Smitty getting a fire going, but he sure can get a thread fired up

:mrgreen: Just trying to Help any Newbs before the Purists Bog them down with all the "Rules" of BBQ.



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SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 09:50 AM
I DON'T Brine my Turkeys either..........:shock:

pjtexas1
11-26-2014, 09:52 AM
I DON'T Brine my Turkeys either..........:shock:

I don't brine anything. I'm just too lazy:crazy:

Smoke Dawg
11-26-2014, 11:03 AM
What was that oil based stuff you put on there?
How does it taste?
Where can I get some?

SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 11:16 AM
What was that oil based stuff you put on there?
How does it taste?
Where can I get some?

Charcoal lighter fluid is a volatile fluid used to accelerate the ignition of charcoal in a barbecue grill. It can either be petroleum or alcohol (usually methanol or ethanol) based. It can be used both with lump charcoal and briquettes.

Can't Taste It.

Walmart.

:doh:

Smoke Dawg
11-26-2014, 11:29 AM
I've never seen that stuff round here. Can I just use a little gas if I can't find any? I have some 110 octane that should work well.

mata666
11-26-2014, 11:36 AM
<-------NEWB. :bow:

DownRiver
11-26-2014, 12:38 PM
Lamp Oil works better - keeps the coal lit a LOT longer.:loco:

Jason TQ
11-26-2014, 01:55 PM
Takes too long :-P. Weed burner takes a minute to be up to temp with a bed of lump and a few sticks. I do like the lighter fluid baiting posts though today :-D. Always like the banter. I know tons of people that do it this way and yes if you let it burn off it works fine.

SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 08:17 PM
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Decoy205
11-26-2014, 08:46 PM
You forgot to post the part where you take a shot of the fluid and spit it on to the hot coals. :-D

SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 09:14 PM
You forgot to post the part where you take a shot of the fluid and spit it on to the hot coals. :-D

Thats with EverClear......:heh:

Smoke Dawg
11-26-2014, 09:54 PM
Thats with EverClear......:heh:
Alcohol abuse!

jermoQ
11-26-2014, 10:45 PM
Only the first stick.

I am confused. I watched the video and after you lit the charcoal but before it was burned down much at all, you added the dowsed stick :confused:. So I am not getting the benefit of squirting the wood and adding without a good layer of coals. Wouldn't you just throw the dry stick on after the coals are ready and you are getting ready to put the meat on? I am semi-new to Q and always looking to hear every side but if you are using lighter fluid, that seems like a waste of fluid to me. This is of course IMnotalwaysHO.

SmittyJonz
11-26-2014, 10:51 PM
I am confused. I watched the video and after you lit the charcoal but before it was burned down much at all, you added the dowsed stick :confused:. So I am not getting the benefit of squirting the wood and adding without a good layer of coals. Wouldn't you just throw the dry stick on after the coals are ready and you are getting ready to put the meat on? I am semi-new to Q and always looking to hear every side but if you are using lighter fluid, that seems like a waste of fluid to me. This is of course IMnotalwaysHO.

I use lighter fluid to get Charcoal started and add a Dry stcik later usually. That Day I was in a Hurry so the first stick was doused and added to Help Smoker come up to Temp Faster as wood burns Hotter. :wink:

retired trucker
11-26-2014, 11:19 PM
^^^ INSTIGATOR!!!

Blessings,

Omar

SmittyJonz
04-14-2015, 07:23 PM
Bump for Newbs.......

revkab
04-14-2015, 09:12 PM
One log lighter (propane jetted), from Amazon.com
Regulator and hose from old BBQ grill someone put out for the trash.
A few sheet metal screws to plug excess holes.
One propane tank.
Two "wings" screwed onto end of lighter to keep gas holes oriented up.

I just slide this under my fire grate, light, and about 10 minutes later remove. NO lighter fluid, no nasty fumes, VERY easy to light a fire.

Trailer Trash
04-14-2015, 09:42 PM
Ummmm... Well..... Smitty, I'm not one to argue another's ways... So, I applaud the extension of your teachings onto the Newbee's. I used to do the same and found that (for me) it created uncontrollable gas and diarrhea, which was a problem when spending long periods of time around the firebox.... just say'n... I had to move towards propane and cube lighters... (for me)

SmittyJonz
02-01-2016, 01:29 PM
Never. Only the start up gets the fire juice - another split is burned before any meat goes on.

DaveAlvarado
02-01-2016, 02:06 PM
It doesn't get much more non-traditional than Smitty.

Only guy I know that sees a filing cabinet welded to a tractor wheel and thinks "I could make a smoker out of that".

:razz:

I use those "BBQ in a bag" thingies that Kingsford makes when I'm feeling super lazy.

Jason TQ
02-01-2016, 03:49 PM
Seen a bunch of guys who cook good q that blaze it up with lighter fluid super hot just like this. Couldn't taste it at all. A few good teams do it as well.

Joe Black
02-01-2016, 04:03 PM
Smitty, I only see 3 things wrong with your method:

1. Lighter fluid
2. briquettes
3. Kingsford

When are you going to do a tutorial on the attributes of liquid smoke?

Luv 'ya...mean it,

SmittyJonz
03-01-2016, 03:26 PM
Nothing wrong with this method long as you let it burn off before closing lid.

KevinJ
03-01-2016, 03:39 PM
Smitty you need one of these brother, this will get your fire started right.

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hipowerix
03-01-2016, 07:27 PM
No 2 diesel is cheaper and Eucalyptus wood will give your bbq that mentholated zing.:shock:

dummy que
03-01-2016, 11:49 PM
i prefer M&H octane booster the XR would just fowl plugs on ave fuel

Roguejim
03-02-2016, 07:09 PM
This Texan takes it to the next level...Watch to the end.

How I fire up my offset smoker - YouTube

pom
03-03-2016, 12:54 PM
no petrol in the pit for me.

WildeMan
03-03-2016, 04:55 PM
I prefer 91% isopropyl alcohol for use as lighter fluid, buy it in the biggest jug I can find. More volatile so it won't burn as long, but makes a heck of a fireball. Also burns off very cleanly and quick.

Gersidi
03-04-2016, 06:14 AM
Once I bought a looflighter I never looked back!

ichbin73
03-04-2016, 09:30 AM
used motor oil. burns hotter longer.

SmittyJonz
03-04-2016, 09:40 AM
I fired up BoomShuckaLucka same way last nite........

SmittyJonz
07-21-2016, 09:01 AM
So Easy a Caveman could do it - as long as he don't catch his Hairy arms on fire.......

cholloway
07-21-2016, 09:22 AM
That's all well and good... if you don't mind paying $14-$16/gal for lighter fluid.
Around here Kingsford fluid is $4 qt.
Not for me. Too many other ways to start charcoal, but Thanks anyway.

tractoman
07-21-2016, 09:51 AM
That's a lot of girl scout water.

Jughed
07-21-2016, 01:47 PM
I use my 50,000 btu propane weed burner, pre warm the chamber with it as well.

Full clean fire and hot box in about 15 min.

Texan79423
07-21-2016, 08:25 PM
I knew if I hung around here I'd learn new things from the pro's. I have been doing it all wrong. Next time I boil some ribs to smoke on my smokey Joe I am going to try lighter fluid. I bet I can have them done in under 2 hours.

blazinfire
07-21-2016, 09:48 PM
I knew if I hung around here I'd learn new things from the pro's. I have been doing it all wrong. Next time I boil some ribs to smoke on my smokey Joe I am going to try lighter fluid. I bet I can have them done in under 2 hours.

Haha, Don't forget to throw the boiled ribs on the gasser or something to make it seem like it was BBQ'ed. I remember long time ago people told me to boil ribs til they were getting done then throw them on the gasser. LOL

cfspence
07-22-2016, 06:52 AM
Don't forget to sauce those ribs with store brand generic bbq sauce.

revkab
07-22-2016, 10:01 AM
I knew if I hung around here I'd learn new things from the pro's. I have been doing it all wrong. Next time I boil some ribs to smoke on my smokey Joe I am going to try lighter fluid. I bet I can have them done in under 2 hours.

I have always found that if I squirt a little of that hickory scented lighter fluid directly on the ribs, it gives that nice barkwe always talk about...

medic92
07-22-2016, 10:41 AM
Don't forget to sauce those ribs with store brand generic bbq sauce.

That costs too much. Just mix a little brown sugar in some ketchup. That's all you really need.

Texan79423
07-22-2016, 05:19 PM
Tried the lighter fluid last night. Man you can really get a good flame going. Looks really good in the dark too. Man it was fun!

Anyone know how long it will take to grow my eye brows back??

SmittyJonz
10-10-2016, 08:45 PM
3 Weeks

SmittyJonz
05-02-2017, 04:52 PM
Yup, I fire up BoomShuckaLucka and LadyKickAzz the same way. How I fired up BoomShuckaLucka for the N Texas Bash 10 Days ago- KBB n Lighter fluid :shock: ....... none of them said the Meatloaf n Ribs tasted like lighter fluid or Nasty Chemical Charcoal....... maybe they were just trying to be Nice......... :twitch:

Nuco59
05-02-2017, 06:29 PM
Maybe they cut you a lot of slack because you are you? Setting off coals with lighterfluid has lost it's appeal with most- but it reminds me of good times gone by. /spray, spray some more, /shick, /WHUMPHHH! "don't worry- those brows should grow back"

Hey - if it works- don't let the nay sayers keep you down.

Bob C Cue
05-02-2017, 10:28 PM
Works great for me when lighting KBB in the PBC!

DownHomeQue
05-03-2017, 09:54 AM
I've used fluid also.. Nothing wrong with that.. As long as you burn the fluid off completely (coals completely ashed over) before you start cooking.. while it is not my preferred method. If I don't have a chimney or my torch fluid is a viable way to get going. also have used cooking oil on a paper towel placed under coals it takes longer.. but accomplishes the same feat

luberconn
05-03-2017, 11:13 AM
i like to use thermite lighter cubes IMHO

jasonjax
05-03-2017, 11:18 AM
i like to use thermite lighter cubes IMHO

Got a link where I can buy some of those? :shock:

luberconn
05-03-2017, 11:19 AM
Got a link where I can buy some of those? :shock:

my uncle, who lives off the grid sends them to me. :thumb:

doug_smokes_elk
05-03-2017, 11:24 AM
I used one of those $20 heat guns and small kindling to start the fire, when I had my offset.
Bought the heat gun for doing a project on a golf cart and "had an idea" one day....

SmittyJonz
08-14-2017, 10:40 AM
Heat Gun? My Dad had one of those stupid electric elements with a handle charcoal lighter things - took forever......

Jrogers84
08-14-2017, 10:58 AM
Im personally a weed burner type of guy but their is no wrong way to bbq.....

JacksBBQ
08-14-2017, 01:07 PM
I've got a propane gas assist starters on my LSG Vertical Offset. Dump some charcoal in and three or four logs depending on what temp I want to at and Im off to the races. Usually just turn the gas back off when Im about 25 degrees from desired temp. Just used a weed burner on my old offset.

SmittyJonz
12-08-2017, 10:13 PM
:heh:

SmittyJonz
02-09-2018, 08:53 PM
Still