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Looftlighter – Lighterfluid free barbecuing


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 1,000F 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!

Tags: gadget, looftlighter, thinkgeek, fire+starter

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  • You can do this with regular heatguns more cheaply, though not as stylishly. If you are not interested in fooling around though, this is the real gadget:

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