The GrillGun by GrillBlazer has got to be my all-time favorite way to start a fire.

What is it about fire that's just so intriguing? It's so mesmerizing and it just calls you in to gaze at it for hours at a time. Fire is a truly impressive force. There's a reason pyrotechnics is used in big events and concerts. It's always a crowd pleaser and elevates the overall experience.

Surely BBQs in your backyard are already an impressive experience with the delicious food you produce on your grills. But just picture it:

Your backyard, a small handful of guests (obviously keeping it small for the sake of COVID), everyone enjoying the tasty morsels you've just served up. There's a chill in the air as the sun sets and your guests begin to circle up around the firepit in hopes that you'll soon start a fire. 

You step inside to retrieve your GrillGun from the garage and return to the backyard. "Stand back," you warn your guests as you begin to light your GrillGun. Once everyone has cleared a safe distance you ignite the gun to it's full capacity and spray your teepee of properly dried wood splits and kindling with flames. The crowd erupts with gasps and exclamations as they watch you do what you do. 30 seconds later, the fire is fully established and your best friend hands you an ice cold beverage in congratulations and admiration.

I mean, I don't want to oversell it at all. But I want to prepare you for how impressive the GrillGun experience really is.

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GrillGun in front of a log rack

What is the GrillGun?

The GrillGun by GrillBlazer is a handheld torch, fueled by propane gas. It can either be hooked up to a small portable 1 pound propane bottle, or attached to your 20 or 30 pound propane tank with an 8 foot hose. 

The GrillGun works fast and effectively to light charcoal or wood.

How does the GrillGun work?

1. Connect your GrillGun to your preferred fuel source, whether that's a portable propane bottle or a propane tank using an 8 foot hose.

2. If you're using a propane tank, turn on its fuel valve.

3. Turn on the GrillGun's fuel valve only slightly by rotating it counter clockwise.

4. Pull and release the trigger to ignite the gas flow. This will result in a small flame coming out of the fire bell.

5. You can now make the flame bigger or smaller by adjusting the gas valve on the GrillGun. 

6. The handle trigger can also be used to produce a burst of flame intensity.

Applications for the GrillGun

I use the GrillGun all the time to light charcoal (both lump and briquettes) for any one of my grills using that fuel source. There is literally no other way I've ever seen that gets my charcoal burning and has me ready to grill faster.

I also prefer using the GrillGun to light my Solo Stove Yukon. It takes less than 60 seconds to have a fire crackling away in my fire pit, with actual wood splits ignited and not just the kindling. It's just such a tremendous time saver!

grill gun lighting a fire in the solo stove

Perhaps the tastiest application for the GrillGun was the time I used it to make Tacos al Pastor. After smoking a spit of marinated pork for a few hours, I used the GrillGun to sear the outside of the meat giving it the delicious char on the outside we all love about al Pastor. GrillBlazer also makes a Su-VGun, which is probably the more appropriate tool for searing meat like this, but we were working with what we had on hand.

applying fire to the spit of pork when making tacos al pastor

Conclusion

If I haven't already made myself perfectly clear, I absolutely love the GrillGun by GrillBlazer. Yes there are plenty of other ways I could (and occasionally do) light my charcoal or fire pit. However, I almost always wish I had opted for the GrillGun instead. Not only is it faster, it's a ton more fun.