The Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool Review
Just Like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor (remember him?), I’m always on the lookout for cool grilling gadgets with “More Power.” That’s how I came across the Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool.
I recently upgraded from using Weber brand fire starter cubes and man what a difference. Not only am I a sucker for the latest and greatest when it comes to technology, anything that could get me eating BBQ faster is high on my list. Combine this with the ability to avoid any smelly chemicals soaking into your food associated with most fire starter techniques and you’ve got my attention. It’s great that this product is so Eco-friendly.
I mean seriously, my old lighting method clocked in at about 20-25 minutes from the time I lit my coals until I could put my food on the grill. The Looftlighter? I’m grilling in less than 10 minutes. I think back to all those wasted hours where I could have been eating mouth watering BBQ with my family and realized something; I’m never going back to fire starter cubes again.
And the coolness factor! Wow, let me tell you. Using the Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool makes you feel like you can conquer any BBQ challenge. My neighbor even poked his head over the wall and had to come see what I was using to light my grill. We spent a good 45 minutes talking about it. I even had to load up my mini grill with charcoal so I could let him give it a try.
The Looftlighter 70018 Overview
Product: Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product Weight: 1.94 Pounds
Color: Black And Silver
Guarantee:2 Year Warranty For Manufacturing Defects
Amazon US rating:4.5 out of 5-Stars
“Looftlighter Electric Fire Lighter Light your barbecue charcoals or fireplace logs in seconds without the use of lighter fluid or gas. Simply plug the Looftlighter into a wall socket and then touch the nose of the lighter to your coals or wood.”
“The Looftlighter's patented hot airstream process blows hot air at 1,256 degrees Fahrenheit, igniting fires and coals in just a few seconds. No more chemical taste or smell from starter fluids or logs! The Looftlighter is ultra safe. It is equipped with a safety casing that cools to the touch within a few seconds and it switches off when you release the On button.”
- Aluminum Heat Shield For Safety
- 3 Meter Power Cord (9’8”)
- Temperature gauge: 1,256 degrees Fahrenheit
- Integrated Bottle-Opener In The Foot
Charcoal can be lit in as little as one minute. “After the ignition, you can either leave the BBQ to get ready on its own or speed up the process by using the Looftlighter by continue towards the same spot and get the charcoal ready in just a few minutes.”
“With no direct flame, the Looftlighter is one of the safest fire starters on the market. The aluminum heat shield helps cool down the Looftlighter quickly after use.”
“You will never again need chemicals to light your fire, chemicals that are harmful to human health and contribute to CO2 emissions. With the Looftlighter, it’s just hot clean air.”
My Thoughts On The Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool
Going from newspaper or fire starter cubes to the Looflighter BBQ starter is like going from a flip phone to a smartphone. What an upgrade! It lights a lot faster, and you don’t have to deal with the wind or worry about your fire going out.
Because they need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, they are not very mobile for say, camping, and tailgating or the like. But you won't have to worry about charging the battery or refilling a propane tank like many of the other options on the market.
Check out this Video to see it in action.
The main things I look for in a fire starter are:
- Quick Lighting
- Chemical Free
Let’s See How The Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool Measured Up To My Above List
I was able to get a hot fire going in 2 minutes and my coals were completely ready between 7-10 minutes on average. This blows away my old
methods and my family couldn’t be happier getting dinner on the table that much quicker.
This tool is not a light it and forget it option like a charcoal chimney starter or fire starter cubes. You actually have to hold the power button down for the duration of the light. At about only two minutes, it was not a big deal and the convenience of being ready to cook that much faster was a big plus.
Not having to transfer hot coals from a chimney starter to the grill and not having to worry about having matches or a lighter on hand is convenient too.
There is no need for lighter fluid, match light type charcoal or lighter cubes which all have harmful chemicals that can be absorbed into your food. The Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool is Eco-Friendly using just hot clean air.
So far I have found the Looftlighter to be a sturdy and well-made gadget. I can’t speak first hand on longevity as I have only owned mine for 3 months. But I have ready many reviews where people are saying theirs is 5 plus years old and still going strong. On the flip side, I have seen a few reviews stating that their Looftlighter stopped working after only 6 uses or so. Those reviews all seem to be older so hopefully, they have ironed out that bug.
Not having a direct flame, I have always felt quite safe using my Looftlighter. It is as easy as pointing and pushing down the power button. The handle is long enough to where your hand is far enough away from the heat and flames to not be an issue. I would suggest always wearing a pair of good heat-resistant grilling gloves while lighting your coals. There is always the chance of a hot spark landing on your hands.
The heat shield is made from aluminum so it cools down quickly. Having to hold down on the power button the entire time is actually a built-in safety feature. This way you can not start it, set it down and forget to check on it causing it to overheat.
The Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool stacked up very well to all my needs and added an additional cool factor to the mix. Lighting my grill with “More Power” (Grunt, Grunt, Grunt) has made me a happy man.
The only gripe I have is that I don’t have an electrical outlet close enough to my grill so that I have to use an extension cord to use the Looftlighter. It is really a small inconvenience when you compare it to how easy it is to use and time saved.
Bottom line, Yes, it initially cost me a little more money but I will save money in the long run for not having to continually buy other fire starting alternatives. For me, the extra cost is more than made up for by the safety, speed and added convenience. My always hungry and impatient family agrees too.
Would I recommend the Looftlighter 70018 Fire Lighting Tool? That would be a Yes for this product!
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