Barbecue in Style This Summer

Shannon O'Leary  |   August 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Flash Fire Starter

If you find lighting the grill to be a vexing time burner, get an electric Looftlighter ( The Swedish-made superheated air gun masters match-play and nixes the need for buying lighter fluid, getting briquettes burning in just 60 seconds. Plus, it’s fume-free and has an undeniable Wild West–meets-high-tech appeal. (Note: It comes with a 10-foot-long cord.) Available at Sutter’s, Thompson’s and Williams-Sonoma for about $79. Or, for a lower-priced option, consider the multipurpose Wagner heat gun, available at area Lowe’s ( and Home Depot ( stores for less than $25.