Grill Time: C’Mon Baby, Light My Fire!
By Jeff Csatari
PlannedMan

If you prefer the taste of burger over lighter fluid in your mouth when you eat, and would rather not eat to the smell of your own singed hair, then consider PM's four favorite ways to light your fire; with a tip of the fireproof glove to Elon Musk and Hitachi Magic Wand.

Grill Time: C’Mon Baby, Light My Fire!
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If you prefer the taste of burger over lighter fluid— and would rather not eat to the smell of your own singed hair, then consider PM’s four favorite ways to light your fire:

1. Fast

Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter

Wad up a piece of newspaper toss it in the bottom, fill with lump charcoal or briquettes and light the paper. When the coals are glowing (about 10 minutes), dump the contents into your grill. $30.

2. Faster

Looft Lighter Original Electric Fire Starter, by Looft Industries

It’s like a blow dryer with a tricked-out heating element that delivers 1100-degrees F superheated air to charcoal within seconds. Touch the tip to the briquettes until you see sparks, about 2 minutes, then pull the Looft Lighter back a few inches until you see glowing coals. You’re cooking in about 7 minutes. Ten-foot cord requires an electrical outlet. $99, not counting your electricity bill.

Two bonus features:

  • Built-in opener for a cold beer:

 

  • When not in use, it has a passing resemblance to you and your favorite gal-pal’s Hitachi Magic Wand; so you can use it to spark some interesting conversations around the grill designed to bring some extra fire to the bedroom (or wherever, you animal) later on. Just don’t try to move it past chat.

 

3. Blazing Fast

Mini Dragon Propane Torch Kit, from Flame Engineering

This propane flamethrower is designed to incinerate the weeds in your lawn but has become the preferred fire-starter on the competitive barbecue circuit: you get white-hot charcoal in roughly 3 minutes and 30 seconds. $45. 

4. OMG Fastest

The Boring Company Flamethrower, from Elon Musk

Priceless.

Here’s how somebody like Elon might brighten up a dull film for Nazis:

 

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