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[Product Review with video] Looftlighter fire lighting tool really works!

It’s BBQ season so I wanted to share with you a great tool that I am using to help light the charcoal in our Weber smoker.

We have had our smoker for a few years now and have been using our chimney starter. My husband is our household pit and smoke master. Before he would add the meat to the smoker, he would take at least 30 minutes to get the smoker started, with a process of adding in newspaper, charcoal and lighter fluid to the chimney starter to get the charcoal hot, before waiting for the smoker temperature to rise. I have watched him get the smoker started but haven’t done it myself.



When I heard that there is a charcoal heating tool that “ignites fires and BBQs in a few seconds”, that had grabbed my attention.

There are so many products on the market, and I wanted to make sure that it really worked and is worth the investment. With a growing family, we are more conscious of our spending and are selective with our purchases. I checked YouTube videos, Tweeted for advice and chatted with real users before making the purchase.


Here is what the Looflighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool claims to do:

  • Igniting fires and BBQ’s takes just a few seconds
  • The patented hot airstream process eliminates the chemical taste that infuses onto food when using lighter fluid and gas
  • Equipped with a safety casing
  • Does not throw flames
  • Speeds up heating process of coals and fire


With good recommendations, we bought ours from Amazon Canada. On our first try, I documented our experience to see how easy it was to use and how long it would take us to light up a pile of charcoal.

Check out the Looflighter Video, and see how long it really takes to light a pile of charcoal:  

What I loved:

  • Eliminates the need for lighter fluid
  • Lights wood and charcoal
  • Newspapers are not needed
  • Can be used for BBQs, not just smokers
  • Looks cool!
  • Does light up charcoal in less than 60 seconds
  • Easy instructions/easy to use
  • Equipped with a safety casing that cools to the touch within a few seconds after use

…and I feel comfortable lighting the charcoal myself for the smoker! Time to record some recipes to share with you.


What I didn’t love:

It needs to be plugged into an electric outlight. It’s great for home or cottage use, but cannot be used if there is not an electric outlet nearby.

And last, I am not sure how long the Looftlighter will last. If it last at least 5 BBQ seasons, I will be happy. The chimney starter should last forever in my eyes.

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, this would make an excellent gift. Happy BBQ season!

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