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GET YOUR GEAR ON: The Bison Airlighter

The Bison Airlighter jets a 4-inch flame to instantly ignite charcoal and wood.

We’ve all used those cheapo fire-starting wands that inevitably conk out after just a handful of lights and never seem to work when we really need them.

Either that or — and this is even worse — we’ve burned our fingertips on lighters or matches that burn down too quickly.

A solution to that dilemma recently caught my attention: the Bison Airlighter. And while it carries the hefty price tag of $100, the Airlighter without question would simplify the fire-starting process in just about any situation imaginable.

The Airlighter jets a 4-inch flame to instantly ignite charcoal and wood and runs on butane that will last for 15 minutes of constant burning time — as many as 40 barbecue fires.

Designed for serious grillers, tailgaters and campers, the Airlighter combines a high-velocity flame with a jet airstream that ignites charcoal instantly.

Once kindling is ignited, the flame can be turned off and a built-in, cool-air fan will deliver enough airflow to spread flames throughout the fuel pile, stocking the fire to high heat for the fastest cold-to-cook time. The Airlighter can be used in any setting inside the home, backyard or deep woods to light charcoal grills, campfires, wood fireplaces and just about any other fire.

A storage hook on the underside of the Airlighter even doubles as a bottle opener, solving yet another common grilling dilemma.

 The barrel of the Airlighter is air-cooled and remains cool to the touch at all times, even seconds after lighting a fire, and a child lock prevents switching the unit on accidentally.  A rechargeable battery can be used for 30 minutes, up to 40 barbecue lightings, before it will require charging on a standard USB port.

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Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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