LsFarm wrote:Freddy is correct,, a propane torch is not hot enough,, even a acetylene/air torch is just barely hot enough.. An Oxy/Acetylene torch does a good job though !
Actually I believe an air-propane flame is hot enough, far above the flash point of coal. The problem is it heats the top of the coal bed and doesn't get the bottom of the bed hot enough. Since the draft is upwards, the top quickly cools and the fire goes out. Oxy/Acetylene or even air/Acetylene does work (hot enough to heat the bottom of the bed) for me but a few lumps of charcoal seems far simpler.
An air-propane torch sure fires up my charcoal fast, not needing any fluids.