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Chimney Barbecue Grill Starter with Gas burner assist for faster starts

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B007Z6MG8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,656 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2013
See edit below - Buyer beware.
Love it. I was impressed with the size and quality of this and the price is quite reasonable $22 (prime). The thickness of the metal is a good sturdy gauge material. The chimney (part you put the charcoal in) is a good size too...very close to the size as the Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter...just a mm or two smaller diameter, which is a bit of a bummer, as I was hoping to be able to use my old Weber starter on top of this, but the diameter of the Weber starter is exactly same size as the burner base, so it's not very stable when you set it on this. Oh well...I might just bend/modify my old Weber starter chimney a bit to make it fit so I can use both during heavy grilling/smoking sessions.

Edited July 6, 2013 - used it for the second time on the 4th of July, and the starter melted to the body/canister. Poor design. The starter assembly is all plastic, so it really needs to be shielded/insulated from the heat. And now that my Amazon return/exchange window is closed (ended July 5th), I'm stuck with this thing, and having to light it another way. I even went to the website listed on the box ([...] but it's a fake website. I'll try to contact the seller (Jack's Tool Shed) and see if they want to make things right. I'm pretty disappointed. Buyer beware. I've added some photos of the melted starter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billfog on May 7, 2014
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For many years I have used charcoal chimneys to light charcoal instead of using charcoal lighter. I have always used newspaper to light the coals in the chimney and it always worked well but produced a ton of smoke.

This works very well and I have recommended it to several friends and relatives.

Tip: Once you have lit the coals on the bottom just a little bit you can turn off the gas flame and let the chimney do the rest.

Pros: Very little smoke as the coals light and of course no charcoal lighter taste.
Cons: Not made in America, Made in Korea though... at least its not China.

*** Update ****
I did not read the instruction that say to turn off the burner and remove the chimney after the coals are first lit and as a result the ignition feature is melted and will no longer function. It was my own fault cuz I thought I knew everything and of course didn't need to read the instructions.
Still lights easy with lighter or match and I still love the heck outta this thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Arney on October 18, 2013
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This was a great buy. Every serious grill master should have one. No more fuss with newspaper, wet conditions, and wind. All I have to do is push the starter button and within a few minutes the coals are lit. I know there were negative reviews on the starter button melting but if you follow the directions it will not happen; once the coals are lit (again, no more than a few minutes) turn it off and remove the basket of coals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howard Walter on August 15, 2013
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If you love to BBQ with charcoal this is a great way to start. A quick push of the button and instant flames to start your charcoal. After a couple of times the control knob is slightly warped from heat. Would recommend turning the gas off after charcoal has gotten a little bit started to keep the heat from warping the plastic parts.
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I love it. No stuffing newspaper into the chimney only to find it burns out before the coals get going. Just leave the gas burner flaming until the bottom coals are well lit (I've been running it 5-10 minutes) and in a another 5-10 minutes they coals are ready to use.

As far as the common complaint about the plastic starter melting, that hasn't happened on mine (although I see how it might be possible). But even if it does I won't care because I light the starter with the same long-tipped butane disposable lighter I previously used to light the newspaper in my regular starter chimney (or the charcoal and starter fluid in my grill). I've never been a fan of piezoelectric grill igniters in general. Also, If there was a flare-up I'm farther away from the chimney using the BBQ lighter than I would be if I were hunched over pressing the little red button. I also think that a flare-up from too much gas accumulation before lighting seems much more likely to happen pressing the red button over and over until it sparks than just sticking my already-lit lighter through the holes in the bottom seconds after I turn on the gas.
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By Jon Pickard on November 19, 2014
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Like other comments, the ignitor only worked a few times before failing. It also does not have a quick release but that is not advertised. I am skeptical of the open air nozzle design and in windy conditions it failed. Overall, for the price, this has been a good product and with some minor modifications we have used it enough to make it valuable.
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I just ordered my fourth one of these. They are the best way I have found to light charcoal, fast efficient, and if you don't leave the gas on too long you shouldn't melt the handle, if you do it will still work.

We bbq a lot and live right on the beach in Florida, so ours get a lot of use under pretty harsh conditions (salt spray). My only complaint is that they tend to rust out after a couple of years, that's why I am getting a fourth one, the third just died. A heavier duty model would be nice. Also the auto starter doesn't last long, but starting with a lighter or match is no big deal.
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