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Old January 6th, 2009, 08:31 PM
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propane torch.

upgrade. quicklights are like drinking warm beer, yuck.
haha new sig. I used to use quick lights and compared to natural coals there garbage. Natty's are awesome, although they take longer to light they last so much longer and give off a lot more heat.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 08:31 PM
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I see you are in the us..
Find this at your local home depot.
http://bernzomatic.com/PRODUCTS/KITS...3/Default.aspx

I use it and it got me a lit coconara in the neighborhood of one minute.
thanks dude. i went out and bought that same torch and I LOVE IT. the thing is intense. heated up a 4tab brick of easy-lite's with it. < a minute.

now i need some more natural coals. i'm thinking about exotica fingers. because there is good reviews everywhere about them. what do you all use? pm me or just reply to this!
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Old January 11th, 2009, 09:23 PM
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i have one of those torches and we use them in the glass shop to do some smaller "low temp" heating on pieces.

they work to light coals but like i said (i think it was this thread to lazy to look back) is that the torch for me couldnt penetrate as well. the 10 buck coil burner form walgreens works better and takes less effort, plus its a little safer since you dint have to hold the coals or get a fire proof container you wont mess up, and you dont have to keep buying gas, not that big of a cost but in the long run its another cost. they are great if you dont have access to electricity no doubt but i dont like them over all

as to exoticas, some love them some hate them like almost all coals. the newer ones are supposed to be better and there is now better QC supposedly on them (some people got bits of metal and fibers in them before). i did find that they left a burnt charcoal smell around more than other natruals. get a box of them and try another brand or 2 (coconaras, CH natruals etc) cocos take longer heat to get going and are much different but there is a large fan base on the coconut style coals. cocos are more expensive than the CHs by a bit but they are a little better IMHO (but the price on them makes me like the CHs better)

i suggest against getting a lot of one coal until you try them or at least a similar style out first

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either a torch or a gas stove.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 02:25 AM
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I used to be too lazy to use naturals, but when I finally tried them, they really are worlds apart form ql's.

Look into a single coil burner, I'd suggest one from walgreens:
http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...&id=prod350527

Cheap, simple, and it works like a charm.


There are also single coil burners out there that you can plug into your car, I know amazon.com has a couple, I just don't have a link offhand.
Pardon my ignorance, but do you just put the coal on the coils?

I've been using a butane lighter for cigars to light my naturals, its a pain in the ass, but i can't go back to using quicklites.
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thanks dude. i went out and bought that same torch and I LOVE IT. the thing is intense. heated up a 4tab brick of easy-lite's with it. < a minute.

now i need some more natural coals. i'm thinking about exotica fingers. because there is good reviews everywhere about them. what do you all use? pm me or just reply to this!
That torch is frekking awesome. A fully and PROPERLY lit coconara in a minute. As far as coals go I'd say coconaras/CH naturals. (The CH naturals seem to give you more coals for the buck.)

On a side note how much did you end up spending on the torch?
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Pardon my ignorance, but do you just put the coal on the coils?

I've been using a butane lighter for cigars to light my naturals, its a pain in the ass, but i can't go back to using quicklites.
yep, toss them on, turn it on high, walk away, com back in a few mins flip them over. the CHs you can get away with leaving them on one side then just flip them for 30 seconds to a min where as the cocos you need to flip them a leave them a few more mins, exoticas you need to flip them too but not as bad as cocos

dragon i know i paid about 35 for mine IIRC, not sure what the going price is now though
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side stove on my bbq w a windcover, works like a charm
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Default Re: whats the best way to light natural coals?

I've found those plugin stoves for like 15 bucks at walgreens. I'd watch where you set it up though. $15 seems pretty cheap until it burns your place down.
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propane torch.

upgrade. quicklights are like drinking warm beer, yuck.
More like a random open warm beer that you found in a trash can.
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