By - djonetouchtoomuch
Get a small USB powered fan. It will supply the air you need without a lot of sound or disruption to the coals.
The ash will end up all over your food, you might need something a bit more gentle than an air compressor.
I need something small, because its for a professional kitchen. So I need to have it in the kitchen kinda near the grill area. I was thinking at this one [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VeicqEkpvs](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VeicqEkpvs)
I use a variable speed battery operated leaf blower I found at Home Depot
I'm using it indoors in a professional kitchen.
Compressed air will be worse.
I think that I could control the air flow.
Not with an air compressor. Hair dryer or fan is a much better idea
Seems like maybe a food torch would be better in that case. Also I cringe at the idea of charcoal inside, but I get it.
I used a hair dryer and an infrared thermometer to finish my beef tenderloin at Christmas this year. Worked beautiful. Can't imagine compressed air, I would think it would just make a mess
Build yourself a black iron manifold, like what is used in a gas log fire place. Run a length of stainless flex pipe and add a rubber grommet/seal on the end where you can connect a hair dryer. The hair dryer has different speed and temperature settings, and would be quiet enough that you could pop it on and not have it be too much of a disruption.
I used a hand fan that my wife didn’t want anymore. I’ve tried the leaf blower and it works good but it does indeed spin dust, ash, soot in the air. Maybe try an electric or battery operated fan with variable speed settings?
I Have used my leaf blower ... works like a charm
A compressor has way to much pressure. You will blow the ash everywhere. And maybe even blow the charcoal away. I'd suggest a hot air gun. Something with low pressure but high amount of airflow.
I’ve used a leaf blower.
I think a shop vac connected backwards would probably work better for something like this.
I use one of these to get coals going when needed, specifically the built in fan portion of the torch.
Hairdryer works great
Why not just a small fan on the end
I use an inflator for the plastic camping beds
I've used a heat gun, like for stripping paint.
Gets the charcoal going very quickly.
Yes I have done it. It works amazing to light coals, but I wouldn't do it with food on the grill. As others have said it will blow charcoal dust on your food.
Hand fan for Japanese style charcoal, if you want to stay “authentic” - or at least whatever level of authenticity the yakitori guy on YouTube brings (he’s good; watch him if you’re into cooking yakitori or using a Japanese style grill).
I’ll trot out this little Ryobi blower if I need to hurry the heat up process. https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-ONE-18V-Cordless-High-Volume-Power-Inflator-Tool-Only-P738/300997599
I use that to get charcoal baskets going or to speed up a chimney. If you already have a ryobi battery it’s a good addition to the grill arsenal.
Even with a hand fan, ash is going to spread to some degree. It should be less of an issue if you’re using binchotan or a similar style “block” coal.
Maple Sugarers use something called a blower to increase airflow to their firebox. It sounds like exactly what you need.
Just get a cheap heat gun, you can light and stoke charcoal with it.
Yeah it works great lol. I've used compressed air duster cans. Just don't go full blast and you won't blow ash all over your food.