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Looftlighter: Flame on Without a Flame on

by Lambert Varias

Instead of fire, or even sparks, the Looftlighter uses hot air – hot as in more than 1000°F – to light things up. The Looftlighter is named after its inventor, Richard Lighter. No wait: his real name is Richard Looft, a (former?) theater director who got tired of having his barbecued chicken taste like lighter fluid. So Looft did what any Swedish theater director in his right mind would do: “He poured coal into a toaster”. No-brainer right? Even a third grader can guess what Looft did next: “he turned the flow around in a vacuum cleaner and discovered that the coal got ready to use in just a few minutes!” I mean come on. I could’ve thought of that.

It’s not the quickest way to start a fire, and when you first fire it up it may seems like it’s not doing anything, but because it doesn’t use lighter fluid you’ll save a lot in the long run. That and your chicken barbecue won’t taste like lighter fluid anymore. Unless you actually put lighter fluid on it.

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You can order the Looftlighter at ThinkGeek for $80 (USD). I’d buy a low-powered version of this so I can use it for pranks.

[via Chip Chick]

Comments (3):

  1. technabob says:

    I guess we now know the Swedish Chef’s real name. I could never understand him, but he’s actually saying something about “looftlighters”. Mystery solved.

  2. technabob says:

    P.S. Just noticed that ThinkGeek is offering a $10 off $40 coupon code until 12/23. Just enter “BUSYMONKEY” at checkout.

  3. Linda says:

    I did a little research on Looftlighter because i thought it was really cool, but it turned out that this is not new; it has been around for at least 3 years. It’s being sold on several online shops in Sweden. Still cool, though.

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