Point and stick to light the grill

The Looftlighter Electric Firestarter is an easy-to-use grill accessory that doesn't impact flavor.

The Looftlighter Electric Firestarter still creates fun even without the use of lighter fluid.
The Looftlighter Electric Firestarter still creates fun even without the use of lighter fluid. Williams-Sonoma

When it comes to the grill, procedure and setup are important aspects to consider. Aside from obvious safety concerns when dealing with hotter-than-hot objects, everything from grill placement to grill accessories need to be determined. And of course, when dealing with charcoal or natural wood, a means to light the fire would be necessary. All the better if that can be accomplished with no accelerant.

The Looftlighter Electric Firestarter requires no lighter fluid to get the fire going. Constructed with a 10-foot power cord, the grill gadget plugs into a standard outlet and supplies focused heat at a high temperature. Operating at 1,256 degrees Fahrenheit, the wandlike contrivance initiates combustion within a matter of seconds. To get it going, you simply stick the business end of the device on to the coals, and when sparks appear back it off a few inches while continuing to heat the area. When the on button is released, the lighter will automatically shut off.

Regardless of accessories, no grill session is a success if the food isn't any good. As enticing as using (too much) lighter fluid may be, the subsequent grill fireball tends to create results that are less than delicious. Of course, knowing that the fun in grilling is in the details, the makers have thought ahead to the most important grill accessory of all: the hanging hook doubles as a bottle opener.

About the author

    Brian is the author of two culinary based books published via his imprint Storkburger Press. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.


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