Grill lighters have long necks to keep your fingers at a safe distance from the flames. We fired up five models to see which ones got the job done.
Published July 1, 2010.
Grill lighters have long necks to keep your fingers at a safe distance from the flames. We fired up five models priced from about $5 to just under $40, testing wind resistance and fuel efficiency (measuring the number of lights per tank), the distance between flame and fingers, and flame length. Flexible necks were a plus—-especially when lighting chimney starters from underneath—as were refillable chambers with large, easy-to-read fuel windows. In the end, our moderately-priced winner ignited easily, stayed lit even in windy gusts, and sported a comfortable grip, while its unique adjustable flame could flare from 1/3 inch to 2 inches.
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