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Is This Hot Plate Good For Lighting Coals?

QUOTE (clickhea @ Jun 13 2007, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
its 13 bucks so the price is right... unless someone can recommend somthing better for cheap

http://www.amazon.com/Proctor-Silex-34101-...9468&sr=8-1


Thats basically what I use. All you need is a single burner electric coil stove, and those will light naturals in roughly 5-7 minutes. But don't tell me you're going to order it from Amazon, you don't have access to a Target or Walmart anywhere near you? If so, these things are like $10 there, and the nice thing is you wouldn't have to wait to have it shipped.

Go check out these types of places before you order it online. Instant gratification smile.gif

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QUOTE (tonster91 @ Jun 13 2007, 07:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
why not light your coal w/ a lighter?


Maybe he's using natural finger coals? And holding a lighter to a coal for 15+ minutes doesn't sound too appealing to the thumbs? Lighters work fine and dandy for quicklights, but are a royal pain in the arse for naturals...

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most lighters will fall apart if you keep em going for 5+ mins...anything non bic the plastic aroudn sparking mechanism will melt apart after 20seconds. Bics get soooo hot you cant hold it for 5+ mins. you really would need a butane lighter / torch.

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QUOTE (tonster91 @ Jun 13 2007, 12:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
why not light your coal w/ a lighter?


Lighting things with a lighter is a pain in the ass and it burns my thumbs. i burn everything in site with my bic lol my thumb gets all red sad.gif

Hey i was wondering if the burner would work with jap ez lights?

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I'm gonna have to pick one of thems up. Good idea.

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Ever heard of a grill lighter? You don't have to use a cigarette lighter. And I use Scriptos and Mighty Matches all the time and the plastic doesn't melt. I have a Mighty Match that the flame is 1.5 times the length of the lighter. I can hold it down for more than 5 minutes. I personally don't like Bics. They are overpriced and don't have a flame control. Scriptos are nice.

Anyway, cigarette lighters are only good for quick lights or Jap easy-lites if you have nothing else. For natural coals, a blow torch at least or preferabley a stove should be used.

TX

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ive never been able to light a jap coal with a lighter. We tried one day cause i forgot my torch, and with 3 lighters we still didnt get it going in about 10 minutes.

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I use a Bernzomatic butane torch. It's well worth the money. It will last for a long time and can get Japs lighted quickly. It comes with a spreader for the flame. It works great if you cant have the coal sitting somewhere. You just place a coal or two on the spreader and now you have an instant Jap lighter! Refills you can get anywhere from a hardware store or even some sporting goods stores. Well worth the money.

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coil hot plates are $8 at walmart.

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QUOTE (40thieves @ Jun 13 2007, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
coil hot plates are $8 at walmart.


yep just picked one up from walmart for 8 bucks =)

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That hot plate should light your coal. It's much easier to light natural coal with this hot plate. With QL a normal lighter should work well. Peace smile.gif

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omg, its awesome, it lights the coals so even

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Man, hot plates at walmart here at 14 bucks. Do you know how many watts your hot plates are?

I think I saw one at Meijer that was 400 watts.

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A good hotplate will be 1000W per burner. I have a pretty crummy 1400W 2 burner model I bought for $20 at Costco. Its nice because it has those metal plates over the elements. It works fine for Japanese coals and, with the metal plate, it works great for natural or extruded coals (finger coals and the like). Any hotplate will work well for Japanese coals. You don't really need to light both sides (if you are using real Japanese coals and not those awful EZ-Lites). Once the coal gets real hot, flip it over and blow on it, the side on the burner will light nearly instantly. If you are using EZ-lights or fake Japanese coals, you probably do need to flip them over. Look at the bright side, if you are using cheap Japanese knock-offs, with the money you are saving, you can either smoke more and kill yourself sooner OR save it and buy your own gravestone for when they take you to an early grave. rolleyes.gif

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QUOTE (Sonthert @ Jun 14 2007, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A good hotplate will be 1000W per burner. I have a pretty crummy 1400W 2 burner model I bought for $20 at Costco. Its nice because it has those metal plates over the elements. It works fine for Japanese coals and, with the metal plate, it works great for natural or extruded coals (finger coals and the like). Any hotplate will work well for Japanese coals. You don't really need to light both sides (if you are using real Japanese coals and not those awful EZ-Lites). Once the coal gets real hot, flip it over and blow on it, the side on the burner will light nearly instantly. If you are using EZ-lights or fake Japanese coals, you probably do need to flip them over. Look at the bright side, if you are using cheap Japanese knock-offs, with the money you are saving, you can either smoke more and kill yourself sooner OR save it and buy your own gravestone for when they take you to an early grave. rolleyes.gif


Could you suggest a safer alternative? I'm interested in picking up some japanese coals, but I would rather pay more and smoke better dry.gif

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Does anyone know if you can light natural coals on a gas stove?

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