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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Hey I was looking up ways on how to make natural coals light up faster and I came across this video of somebody actually microwaving them.

I wanted to know if anybody has tried this, or even uses this method to light their coals. Does it give a bad odor? Is it any different than lighting them on the stove? Does it damage the microwave? Feedback would be great.

Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07WBuFHxMAo
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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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ya thats probably going to be very bad for the microwave. its easier, safer and cheaper to just buy a coil burner. if you want to buy a used microwave to light coals then go for it but i wouldnt use a good one... i wold also have a fire extinguisher around

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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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yea man i didn't watch the link but microwaves are so unnatural that it probably negates the natural purpose of the Coco Nara. a microwave works by re-arranging the molecules in whatever it is you may have in the microwave and creating friction to heat things up.

i feel safe saying that using a microwave to heat up a charcoal is an extremely bad idea, on a few different levels.
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ya thats probably going to be very bad for the microwave. its easier, safer and cheaper to just buy a coil burner. if you want to buy a used microwave to light coals then go for it but i wouldnt use a good one... i wold also have a fire extinguisher around

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Coil burners light up plenty quick and are very cheap at Walgreens. I just forsee this ending badly if you use the microwave, sure it wont take 60 seconds, but using a coil burner is going to be signifigantly safer in the long run.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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Well there is an idea i certainly will not attempt, the upside is so slim compared to destroying your home i feel like
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Old December 24th, 2009, 02:23 PM
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Default Re: Microwaved Coals?

I have to disagree with the other replies here. I don't think using a burner is significantly safer than using a microwave. Though I'd probably still opt for the burner since the potential equipment replacement is so much lower.

A coil burner, unless you use one built into your stove, is going to be an irregular heat source in your home. People are accustomed to watching out for the stove, but not for a burner that is set out for the purpose of lighting coals. And, since it takes 5 - 8 minutes to light the coals, and you're not likely to sit there watching them, it leave a large window for disaster. On more than one occasion when I was using the burner in our kitchen, the other people in my house have burned them selves, or nearly lit something on fire because they weren't paying attention to the burner they weren't accustomed to.

The microwave, on the other hand, is self contained and unless the flames become profuse, probably isn't going to light on fire. The materials simply aren't terribly flammable. Plus, since it lights so much quicker, you're more likely not to get too far away while it's lighting. There's also no reasons to believe coals lit in the microwave would be in some way unsafe to smoke from. If this were true we'd have to worry about the food heated in the microwave too. But as it is, there's no evidence to cause us to worry.

Of course, all that said, microwaves probably can withstand a little open flame, but definitely are not designed for it. Unless you have a crappy microwave for that particular purpose, it seems like you're risking the microwave's health to light the coals. And that's a lot more expensive to replace than a burner and all it's costing you is an extra 4 minutes.
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I would worry more about food that was cooked in the microwave after it had been used to light coals.
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I would worry more about food that was cooked in the microwave after it had been used to light coals.
Also a good consideration, but I doubt that there's anything in the coals that would cause problem for the food. Natural hookah coals should have fewer chemicals than BBQ charcoal, and we actually cook with those.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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The microwave works, it wreaks when you're done though.
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Yeah.. no.. just don't do it.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 04:05 PM
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A coil is really 11 dollars at walgreens and it is the most convenient thing ever. I smoke in my garage with friends every night and we just plug it in and wait a couple minutes. You can set it up right where you are. no walking away from the session to tend to coals.
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Default Re: Microwaved Coals?

we tried it at a friends house, so im speaking from my own experience:
you will ruin your microwave with it. something was burning inside the microwave - it stopped when we turned the microwave off, but later it didnt work anymore.

i wouldnt try it again. something you can do without any risk is lighting the coals on a (electric) cooker. works fine for me.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 06:41 PM
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yeah i tried the whole microwave thing on a couple of coco nara coals and the microwave sparked and made a really bad sound so I would totally recommend you don't use the microwave!
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Old December 24th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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I've tried it, and it works just fine..

Lots of flames and it smells like shit, but so far neither me, the coals, or the microwave has taken any damage from it.

I use the stove normally, and the microwave when things have to go fast.
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i wouldnt do this if i was you but thats just me i like my coal burnner lol
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It's called a STOVE. Everybody has one. Works great. Problem solved.
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It's called a STOVE. Everybody has one. Works great. Problem solved.

I don't . I have a lighter... It sucks lighting CCN with a bic =/

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I have tried the 'microwave' thing in the past... Works but WREAKS... Like everyone else said... the $9-$11 dollar coil burner at walgreens = FTW
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Old December 25th, 2009, 01:14 AM
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Microwaves hit the water molecules in food that makes them vibrate rapidly which heats up your meal. I doubt that the coals have any water in them so yeah, burner all the way.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 09:30 AM
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Default Re: Microwaved Coals?

it also vibrates a few other things but what looked like was happening in that video was that it was making the volitale gasses that are still in the coals to off gas and ignite which in turn ignites the coal.

but ya i still wouldnt do it

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hay guys you have all missed one major thing. charcoal is carbon and all carbon is conductive in some way or another. though it be minicule amount of conductivity it is. And most of us are aware of what happens when we put metal in the microwave. So as many have said on this thread already just DON'T do it!! I know you are all saying almost everything has carbon it but pure carbon is actually quite conductive. hell they use carbon as conductors in many things from smelting pots to spot welders and certain forms of EDM cutters. So once again dont hurt your self home or microwave and JUST DONT DO IT.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 11:50 PM
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That looked pretty cool! We have a microwave we'll be replacing soon anyway so if the folks decide to toss it out I might have to try this out.
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I would totally buy a cheap shit microwave to do that
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