Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by tobaccogrower, Dec 3, 2012.
Been using the same BBQ lighter going on 3 years.
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I use a Bernzomatic 19425 JT850 Self-Igniting 20,000 BTU Outdoor Torch.
It has a large flame, uses the standard handheld cylinders, and has a pushbutton pizo start.
To the OP, do yourself a favor. PM/email Thomas @ Super Cedars and he'll send you two free Super Cedars in the mail. I've used the torch before, I don't like it, my wife freaks out about using it in the house (I know but ... you know), and to be honest, it doesn't light fires as well as a 1/4 of a Super Cedar and a Bic/match.
it says in the blaze king manual it should come with a super cedar. if it dosnt, i'll give him a shout. thanks
Propane torch every time.Kindling (dead twigs,corn cobs,scrap wood,coarse shavings,occasionally a piece of old candle or Super Cedar).I use it lighting the Weber kettle Brinkmann smoker also one $3 bottle of propane lasts 5-6 months usually.Spent the extra money on Bernzomatic's top of the line torch head (around $35) last Spring.
All metal,only thing plastic is the on/off switch.Much more durable than the last 2 I bought over the years.Lots of uses around the shop & home,from burning weeds between paving brick sidewalk to heating a piece of steel before bending in the vise etc.
I use one of those little butane kitchen torches and whatever firestarters I can get cheapest.
I start a lot of fires from scratch and have so for over 30 years and paper and kindling is all I ever use, I have a box of super ceders that I bought for the wife and only a couple have been used (just to try out)
The torch is all I use; don't even have matches anymore
Torch for me, too. As long as the wood is nice and dry I don't even find I really need kindling in the traditional sense. I just pick a few of the smaller splits and hit it with the MAPP. I don't see how anything could be much easier or cheaper.
I really don't like starting the stove from a cold start. Once I get the stove going for the season a rarely let it go out where I what to light it again. For the hand full of times I start the stove I use a wax fire starter. A box last me 2 years.
Newspaper, kindling and a match for me.
If that doesn't work, I'll use this:
It's not quite as safe....but I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Fortunately, the former has always worked.
I tried the torch a few times to see how it works, it works good,it's easier than wheeling in the oxy/acetylene tanks , but I just use a BBQ lighter, fire starter and maybe a couple of pieces of paper, or card board works great,pallet wood and paper, etc, all depending how I feel
I used to use a propane torch on my defiant but with my wood boiler, a few chunks of my neighbors cast off red cedar clapboards on top of the grate and a couple of newspapers under the grate and one match is it
Same here. Been using a torch for the last 5 or 6 years. That is the easiest way to start a fire
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