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    #46
    Originally posted by new2smoking View Post
    Anyone have experience with the FOGO fire starters? ‘Fogostarters’
    https://www.fogocharcoal.com/product...m-firestarters
    I have some, they work ok. I got them because they effectively came free with a bundle of regular and super premium fogo from their website. I think I like the Weber starter cubes better, but I haven’t done an objective side by side comparison or anything.
    Last edited by Walt Dockery; April 26, 2020, 12:29 PM.

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      #47
      I noticed the Weber cubes are super popular here. I've used them, but these cubes are substantially cheaper and work just as well. Amazon prices the Rutland at 14.8 cents a cube, while the Weber cubes are 21 cents a cube.

      https://www.amazon.com/Rutland-50B-Safe-Starter-Squares/dp/B00138MO16/

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        #48
        Around here there is plenty of hot air from local politicians. I wonder if that would start the charcoal.

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        • STEbbq
          STEbbq commented
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          Good idea. Go ahead and ask one about it and let us know the response.

        • Rocinante
          Rocinante commented
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          Might start the charcoal,but the flavor may be more like BS......

        • RolfTaylor
          RolfTaylor commented
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          Mention the name of a former President and you should get plenty of hot air from politicians from either side of the aisle! LOL

        #49
        Junk mail

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          #50
          I know I'm late to the discussion here but... when you use a cube (Weber or whatever) in your chimney, do you put the cube UNDER the bottom of the chimney or do you put it IN the chimney where the charcoal goes? Have at it fellas...

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          • Mr. Bones
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            It'll work jus fine, either way, UncaBuddha

            Have done both, most often do under, with some wadded up, grease-stained fast food bag wadded up in th concavity of th chimley bottom

            Good place to drizzle used cookin oil, on th bags, as well...
            Set a cube on th grate of my Smokey Joe, let it ignite, gently set yer chimley down over it.

            If'n I'm outta cubes, I jus use th bag(s), an go round th bottom holes with a propane torch...

            It's all good, ya'll come out jus fine, either way, Brother.
            Last edited by Mr. Bones; November 2, 2021, 06:54 PM.

          • willxfmr
            willxfmr commented
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            I must be doing it wrong. I put the cube under the charcoal.

          • Mr. Bones
            Mr. Bones commented
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            willxfmr Nope. Nossir. Ya ain't doin it wrong.
            Lemme ask ya this: did it light? Well, then... there ya be.
            Either Aither Or, works jus fine.
            I jus responded with how I now do it, (out of habit)...
            No science, jus some experience, experimentin, stewardship, an practicality.

          #51
          Tumbleweeds

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            #52
            Crushed up single layer newspaper with a couple squirts of vegetable oil on the newspaper.

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            #53
            I use a match. Once in awhile I use a lighter. Than I light stuff. Yeah, burn baby burn!

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            • Mr. Bones
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              I jus Loves It, when ya gits all Scientific, Brother!

            • Panhead John
              Panhead John commented
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              That was way over my head.

            #54
            Charcoal bags, match.
            And the occasional leaf blower to speed things up a tad.

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            • Mr. Bones
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              Turbo Boost!!!

              Don't even MAKE me break out my "Chimley of Insanity lol!

            #55
            Mine is purty dang danged ol, an rusty, so I usually jus set th choke, an pull th rope two, mebbe three times, if'n it's bad cold out.

            Lights off, every time.
            Last edited by Mr. Bones; November 4, 2021, 09:54 PM.

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              #56
              I stopped using the cubes a long time ago. I just squirt lighter fluid all over the coals until they look like they are about to swim away. It's amazing how this get you that distinctive early 1980s BBQ-Petroleum taste.

              (I'm joking. Really. I think the last time I used lighter fluid was 2005ish and then only once.)

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              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
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                Yummo, Nostalgia!!!

              #57
              Paper towels used that wiped grease of something. I keep a Ziploc of them in the outdoor fridge. Recycle baby!

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              #58
              After using wadded up paper etc for a few years I’ve been using the turkey fryer burner on high for a minute or two and that sets the charcoal off and running.

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              • Mr. Bones
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                Whatta Gas!

              #59
              TS8000 and no chimney. As a matter of fact, I don't even remember where I put the thing. I haven't used my chimney in over 4 years. Too much work.

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              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Hell yes! You get it!

              • Craigar
                Craigar commented
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                Spinaker We have been on the same page for quite a few years with this method.

              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Yuuuuup! Craigar

              #60
              Starter cubes, which I make from sawdust and wax and wrap in a piece of brown paper lunch bag.

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