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This portable mini flamethrower lights up your grill in seconds

by Jett Tufnell (2020-03-10)

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24 hours a day. From slab leaks to hydro jetting to tankless water heaters to radiant heating id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Enlarge ImageBring lots of heat to your charcoal in seconds with the GrillGun.

Tyler Lizenby/CNET Cooking with charcoal grills takes plenty of time and patience. One big delay before you can cook: waiting around for your coals to fully ignite. The $140 GrillBlazer GrillGun significantly speeds things up, and it does so in style. The handgun-shaped device may look like a novelty, but I assure you it's not. This powerful propane-burning blowtorch puts out a staggering 400,000 BTU of scorching heat right where you want it.

That's enough thermal energy to light up large piles of charcoal in a swift 60 seconds. Even with a chimney starter, the process typically requires anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. The GrillGun works just as well on lump charcoal as it does igniting standard briquettes too. Owners of the Big Green Egg and other kamado grills, and Weber devotees will find the GrillGun equally useful.

For what it does, the GrillGun is pricey. Traditional grill-lighting methods are far more cost effective. All you really need is a firestarter, newspaper or other cheap kindling. Still, using the GrillGun is a heck of a lot more fun. For many barbecue fans, that'll make the GrillGun worth every penny.

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