The Looftlighter has been kicking around Scandinavia for a few years, the idea came about after a horrible lighter fluid flavoured barbecue. Basically it’s a paint stripping gun morphed into an electric firelighter. Powered by 110 volts, it will get you some sparks and embers in 15 seconds courtesy of its 1,000°F breath. The bit underneath that looks like a hook is a hook and a bottle opener. US$79.99 from ThinkGeek.
It all began 1997 when theatre director Richard Looft got angry. The chicken he barbecued tasted lighter fluid! Richard started thinking of a better and more environment friendly way to light the grill. He poured coal into a toaster, turned the flow around in a vacuum cleaner and discovered that the coal got ready to use in just a few minutes!