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Char-Broil SureFire Electric Charcoal Starter

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  • UL Listed
  • Provides hot coals in minutes
  • No lighter fluid taste
  • Stainless steel sheath with heat resistant handle
  • 120 volts, 500 watts
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Product Description

Grill safely and cleanly, without that lighter-fluid taste, using the Sure Fire Electric Charcoal Starter wand from Char-Broil. Powered by a 120-volt, 500-watt electric heat element, the tool ignites charcoal without matches or lighter fluid. A sturdy plastic handle stays cool to the touch. Housed in a stainless-steel sheath, the tool has been safety-tested by Underwriters Laboratories.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.5 x 18 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0001B50BM
  • Item model number: 3584810
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,960 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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Important Information

Safety Warning
Read all instructions and warnings before attempting to use this product. Do not use with self igniting charcoal. Do not remove grounding prong. Do not immerse in water, use to heat water, or clean with water. Do not leave in charcoal more than 8 minutes.

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Customer Reviews

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bad Wolf on August 19, 2011
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I have a Big Green Egg. And these are recommended to start the charcoal in them.

It does the job, flat out. I have only had it a few weeks, but it does indeed start the charcoal.

Quickly too! About 5-10 mins get the coals read hot!

I gave it 5 stars because this thing does exactly what it's supposed to do, start coal.

Now, for my commentary.

This thing makes me NERVOUS AS HELL.

I have kids, and they are goofy. This is basically every toaster/counter-top oven heating element in the world, with a plastic handle. Haha

So when you take this thing out of the coals, it is this red hot heating element. Where do you put it? It has to cool off for a few mins. On the table? Patio? Where out of the way, that someone isnt going to touch it?

I am not knocking the product, it is what it is, but think about this stuff before you buy it. I wouldnt want to see someone get hurt from this thing.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By philo_vance VINE VOICE on September 25, 2005
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There is no easier, more hassle-free way to start a charcoal fire than by using one of these. As long as you have access to an electric outlet somewhere in the vicinity of your grill, you'd be foolish to use any other method.

You place the heating element on the grate, with the plastic handle resting on the barbecue's edge. Cover the element with your briquettes, plug it in, wait 12 minutes, and then remove it. By that time, any charcoals that were in contact with the red-hot element will have started. Mound up the coals, wait a few more minutes, and you're good to go. No smelly, dangerous lighter fluids, no chimneys, no newspapers. What could be more simple?

The electric cord is quite short, so if your outlet isn't close by you'll have to use an extension cord. Just make sure it is a heavy duty one - like the kind used for power tools.

It's quite durable if used correctly. I bought the one I have now 6 or 7 years ago and I use it at least 30 or so times a year. The heating element is beginning to crack now, so it will fail soon, but 200+ uses for this inexpensive item is pretty respectable, I think.

I can't understand why everyone doesn't use one of these. If you like to barbecue in your backyard or on your patio or deck, this is indispensable equipment.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mary Alexander on June 25, 2004
This starter is wonderful. But don't get lazy and leave it under the charcoal, like I did. You need to remove it after the fire starts. The plastic near the cord melts and the thing is ruined. I am ordering another one because I find I don't want to start charcoal without one.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By cat lady on August 6, 2006
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this is the best charcoal starter we have ever used. the last one purchased is still working but is over ten years old and is used regularly every summer. I just purchased a new one as a back-up, but may not need it for a long time. Very reliable and very easy and safe to use.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OneTimez1 on June 26, 2008
In my area this is alot of wind(since i live close to the windy city chi) so everytime i get some kind of fire going the charcoal wont light. I tried the charcoal chimney and paid 15 bucks for it and it did nothing for me. So after trying for 2 hours to light using that dumb chimney I borrowed one of these wands from my mother and in 5 minutes the charcoal started smoking. This the best starter for a barbeque hands down.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Doug Austin on July 18, 2007
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We made the decision to stick with charcoal because of the taste advantage, but the hassles of starter fluid, matches (haven't smoked in a decade), or stacked newspapers wears thin after a short while. I had heard about these electric starters, so I decided to try one out. It doesn't get any easier than this. Spread 1 coat of briquets, set the tip of the starter in the middle with the cord/handle over the side, pile some briquets on the starter tip and plug it in. Presto - in 8-10 minutes you have it going well. Unplug the starter and pull it out. No matches, fluid, flare-ups, newspapers, or gas smell.

I've used it twice and it's slick.

Can anyone use a half a can of starter fluid (free).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trix Trini on May 22, 2009
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Excellent for starting your charcoal - once you have an electrical power outlet and proper extension cord handy.
Saves you from the charcoal starter (or whatever you use to start you charcoal) fumes.
You need to be careful not to let the plastic parts touch the grill or pit as the heat could damage the unit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By knitting maven on October 17, 2007
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This is the best thing next to sliced bread. You don't have to deal with all that awful starter fluid that contaminates the grilled food. No matches, no fluid, no fire to start. I have been looking for this for an electric starter for ages. Had one years ago and now that I found it, I ordered two.
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