I’ve researched the options on the best method of starting a fire in the Big Green Egg. I came across a post a while back that led me to the Porter Cable 1500 watt Heat Gun. Oh boy! This thing is like a hair dryer on steroids. Just set up your lump charcoal. Plug in the heat gun and hold the nozzle near the coals. In a couple of minutes the coals start to glow.
At that point, I turn the heat down and the blower speed down and just let the coals get some air and start a nice fire. With this, there are no fumes or after tastes from starter blocks. Easy peasy. And the heat gun is around $35.oo at amazon.com!