For this week’s review I was sent the Looftlighter from StJohn at Looft Industries.

The Looftlighter is a charcoal lighting tool that ignites your charcoal in less than 60 seconds with its patented hot airstream process. The Looftlighter does not use any kind of flame, but instead blows a hot stream of air at 1,256 degrees.

Below is a demo video of  my father and I using the Looftlighter to light the charcoal for our beer can chicken smoke.

Final Thoughts

I was really impressed with how fast the Looftlighter lit the charcoal. I plugged the Looftlighter into an outside outlet and touched the nose of the lighter to the charcoal and within minutes my charcoal was white-hot and ready for our beer can chicken smoke.

I like how simple and safe the Looftlighter is to use. I want to be able to go outside and light my charcoal fast and not have to wait 10-15 minutes for it to be ready to use. I also like that the Looftlighter is equipped with a safety casing that cools to the touch within a few seconds after use. This way when you set it down on your concrete patio after your done using it you don’t have to worry about it hurting the concrete.

Now something that might be an issue for some about the Looftlighter is the fact that you have to plug it into an outlet to be able to use it. This was a non issue for me since I have an outlet on my patio. Another thing for those that are on a budget like we are is the price of the Looftlighter. At around $80 it can seem a little pricey, but with the convenience of having a product that starts your charcoal with ease it’s well worth the price to me.

So if you are looking for a safe and very fast way of lighting your charcoal, then this is a must buy product for sure!

You can find a great deal on the Looftlighter here.

For more information on the Looftlighter please visit their Facebook & YouTube pages as well as their Website.

Make sure to check back next week for another great BBQ Tools & Tech Review!

Jay Prince

BBQ Tools & Tech Reviewer @ BBQSauceReviews.com


  1. I am on the fence on this product. T am tempted to purchase but the price is a stickler. My chimney starter is pretty quick under the right circimstances.

    • I’ll be honest with ya Chilebrown, I haven’t used my chimney starter since I got this from Looft. I am extremely happy with how well it works. My father borrowed it the other day since I been using my new Grilla Pellet Smoker-Grill. He has been hinting that he wants one for Christmas now lol. I personally think it’s worth the price. I am always looking for new gadgets that save me time. I am a Stay-at-home dad and have to get things on the grill fast and don’t have time to wait for the chimney starter. Even using the Weber Lighter Cubes it takes 10-12 minutes for the charcoal to be ready. Taking a little over 2 minutes for my charcoal to be fully lit is a time saver for me. 🙂

  2. I have one of these I purchased from Big Poppa Smokers. Use it to light my WSM. 90 Seconds is all it takes and I then let the Stoker control the temps.So much nicer then using a chimney. I can set up the charcoal and wood chunks where I want and like the coals where I want. I was never good at pouring the coals out of the chimney.

  3. I’ve heard about the Looft Lighter a few times. Good review. Have you tried it with lump coal?

    I currently use a MAPpro torch for lighting lump in my Eggs, takes 20 seconds in three spots. Do you think the Looft would have any advantages over that since the times are the same?

    • Thanks Chris! I have not used the Looftlighter on lump coal yet. I would guess it would take the same amount of time to light it. I think the only advantage I could see using the Looftlighter over the MAPpro torch would be that you might save a little money since it uses electric instead of propane. Since you already own the MAPpro torch I would keep using that and not spend the $80 on the Looftlighter until you need something new. Thanks again for leaving a comment Chris. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. I broke down and bought one. The verdict shortly.

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