The original Looftlighter is a Swedish, patented, environmentally friendly invention that ignites charcoal, briquettes, wood, hardwood, pellets, heat beads etc. in 60 seconds without any use of lighter fluid or other chemicals. 



How to light a charcoal barbecue with the Looftlighter   

  • Make a pile of charcoal (or whatever material you are using).
  • Touch the pile with the tip of the Looftlighter.
  • Pull it slightly backwards when sparks or glow appear.

Continue pointing the Looftlighter towards the same spot for at least 60 seconds (to ignite the charcoal) or a couple of minutes (to get the charcoal white and ready to use). 


Please see the Small Charcoal School below for more information*.  


How to light a hearth fire with the Looftlighter  


  • Either you touch the wood directly with the tip of the Looftlighter (preferably small and dry pieces of wood).
  • Pull the Looftlighter back when flames appear, or you can crumble a piece of newspaper stick it in between the logs.
  • Touch the newspaper with the Looftlighter and pull it back when flames appear.

The Looftlighter is perfect to pre heat the chimney for say 30 seconds before lighting the wood.


The Looftlighter has an integrated
bottle-opener in the metal foot.


*Small Charcoal school

Dear griller
Charcoal comes in many forms and materials. There are charcoal, briquettes, lump charcoal, heat beads, hard wood etc. The time to ignite and get them white and ready to use differs depending on material and production quality.

If we start with charcoal it is mostly made from wood. Much of the charcoal on the market is of bad quality, maybe made from fast growing trees and often chilled with water to speed production. Bad quality charcoal does spark when ignited (which is not dangerous but perhaps not so fun). Charcoal that is produced from hard wood will take longer to ignite and get ready to use.

Good quality charcoal lights quickly without sparks, gets ready to use in a couple of minutes with the Looftlighter and burns during a longer period.

Briquettes is pulverised charcoal thats compressed with corn starch to bind the charcoal. Briquettes produce smoke (its the starch) but ordinary charcoal is smokeless. Some producers compress their briquettes very hard which makes them burn much longer (up to four hours), but on the other hand also takes longer time to light and get ready for cooking.  Only use such briquettes when you need to barbecue for many hours. 



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Technical information             

The Looftlighter has US patent number 7.717.104.B2 and all national electricity certifications for each of its markets such as GS, CE, UL, CUL etc. 


The Looftlighter also has the environmentally RoHS certification.


Size and weight:  
Length: 452 mm
(17,8 inches)
Width: 65 mm (2,6 inches) (at the most)
Depth: 65 mm (2,6 inches) (at the most)
Weight: 750 g

Total weight incl package: 1150 g     


The Looflighter is produced according to each countries electricity standards:


1800 Watt
230 V
50 Hz
North America
1500 Watt
115 V
50 Hz
Australia & 
New Zeeland 
1800 Watt
240 V
50 Hz
600 C   
3 meter power cord (9,8 feet). Integrated bottle-opener.