Looflighter vs mini blow torch

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Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by HeatnSmoke » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:48 pm

Can one use a looflighter (instead of those mini blow torches you see on MasterChef) for glazing and crisping up pork skin?

I guess the inverse is to use the mini food blow torch to light coals.

I don't want to have too many little gadgets lying around so if one can do both tasks well that'll be the one I get.


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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by urbangriller » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:57 pm

The Looftlighter makes great crackle!....don't think I'd use it for glazing though!

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by Lovey » Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:12 pm

How 'mini' is the mini blow torch, is it the size of the ones that do creme brulee? If so, you would struggle to get a load of charcoal or heat beads going safely. I've got one of the blow torches that sit on top of a butane canister and it is really slow to light a pile heat beads.

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by HeatnSmoke » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:56 pm

Yes was thinking of the creme brulee style blow torches -- Lovey thanks for heads up on it's limitations.

So coals tick, crackle tick, but not glazing (say, a momofuku bo ssam) -- Chris, does glazing need a different kind of heat than crackling?

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by urbangriller » Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:56 am

The Looft puts out 2000 degrees!....way too much heat for a sugar glaze.....also remember it puts out a fair wind at the same time, so forget caramelising castor sugar on a custard, you'll end up blowing most of it off! Something with a flame you can adjust would be better, like a burner on a can.

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by DClem » Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:18 pm

Seriously...does the looftlighter work for crackling?

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by Card Shark » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:47 pm

Yep

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by urbangriller » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:55 pm

DClem wrote:Seriously...does the looftlighter work for crackling?
Yep, you get that fluffy crackle like they sell in the bags down the pub!

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Re: Looflighter vs mini blow torch

Post by HeatnSmoke » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:17 pm

Thanks Chris!

I gotta get me to your BBQ school if you ever host it in Melbourne :D


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