Gassers just push a button (for the first month anyway, after that the ignition switch goes bad and they start playing the "start the gas flow and drop in a match" game).
Charcoal users can use things like
- lighter fluid or Matchlight (that is so wrong, just my $.02)
- starter cubes (blocks of wax and sawdust)
- chimneys (starts coal without chemicals, using newspaper)
- electric starter burners
I had to replace my MAPP gas unit this week. The trigger assembly of my old one died and Alexis got me the new, improved Benzomatic TS-8000.
Here it is next to my old torch for comparison.
- larger capacity
- lower center of gravity - it's less likely to get knocked over
- gas flow control knob - so I don't have to use as much gas
- "Green key" - lets you safely purge the cylinder for recycle
- "Never point torch towards face, other persons, or flammable objects."
- "Never attempt to use torch as a cigarette lighter."
- "Never attempt to repair or heat a gasoline tank, a chemical drum, an aerosol can, or any other container containing a flammable liquid or gas."
Since I had a fire going, I used my pork rub (see the Porkus Chopus Maximus post) on a pair of pork tenderloins and grilled them using direct heat at 350f for 7 minutes a side (21 minutes total). I pulled them off at 140f internal and they were crispy on the outside, yet just a hint of pink on the thicker pieces*.*Don't freak out. Today's pork is leaner and cleaner. If you take it to 165f, it'll be powdery dry, blech!