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Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter
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- Lodge charcoal chimney starter; stands 12 inches high
- Crafted from heavy-gauge aluminized steel; wooden handle
- Heats coals in 12-15 minutes
- Eliminates the need to use lighter fluid
- An efficient way to barbeque
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There are two flaws in the design that relate to safety:
1. The metal handle is exposed in the separation on the sides of the 2-piece wooden insulators. Conceivably, a bare hand could be burned when grasping the handle to dump out the prepared coals. Be sure to use an insulated glove or potholder.
2. The spacing of the outermost ring in the bottom grate sometimes allows a briquette to fall through and out of the chimney. This can occur when a briquette is oriented edge-wise down. A user typically has his/her attention on the open end of the chimney when pouring hot charcoal. A hot briquette could fall out unnoticed from the other end when tipping the unit. My personal experience is that a briquette fell out of the bottom when I dumped the coals into my grill. It landed on the plastic top of a patio table. I did not discover this until the table top had been partially melted and deformed.
Use with caution. Supervise youngsters.
There are a few things I really like about this model. 1) Lots of ventilation to get oxygen to all of the coals, even when totally full. 2) You can easily lift it up and put new paper under it if your paper fizzles out (happened to me) and you need to restart. The small holes in the side also help you see what's going on as the heat rises. 3) Most important, it gets charcoal good and hot good and quick.
Now for what I don't like. 1) Lodge coated all of the metal surfaces, including the grill inside, with some kind of coating. I guess it's supposed to make it look like "nice" unfinished metal. Problem is, this coating isn't very heat resistant and quickly melts/evaporates, leaving odd streaks of exposed metal after just a couple uses. A better approach would have been to leave the metal alone. 2) Even a large charcoal briquette can slip through the grill in the bottom. Not sure how I'd fix this and keep the system well ventilated. 3) It only holds enough to cook a crowded meal for 2 on charcoal. Easiest way to solve this is buy 2 or more, depending on how much you plan to cook at a time. This seems to be the case for every starter I've seen. They're all basically the same size.
On the plus side, the design is good and the extra ventilation allows for a large amount of charcoal to be started quickly. It has a wooden handle which is far better than the plastic in the Weber version (it melts).
On the negative side, the bottom is secured to the chimney by tabs perforated in the tin, and they break easily. I expect to have to jerry rig fasteners in less than a week as I use this on my Big Green Egg 5 days a week.
Too bad - good design, poor construction. Way too much time spent describing the quality of a $19 item.
12 minutes for 30 regular Kingsford charcoals to be fully ready to cook. This is with three newspaper sheets, one match and NO FUEL.
The only negative thought is the top rim is extremely sharp and could pose a cutting danger to the user. The bottom rim seems to be better rounded and does not pose this hazard.
stuff some newspaper in the bottom, light it & have coals ready to cook on in 20 minutes, in
your backyard or campsite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It Resembles the 'Charcoal Chimney Starter', - I purchased many years ago; But, it is now made of much thinner metal.Published 2 months ago by GA
1 wad of newspaper and 1 kitchen match does it...no lighter fluid, odors, etc.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter has become a tremendous asset both while camping, and at home. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Natalie P.
We love this for use with our Dutch Oven. In fact, I wish I'd had one of these back when we used a charcoal grill. Read morePublished 6 months ago by PensThirdCup
Had this up on a mountain with me last summer in Colorado. Took it up to camp on horse back. A bear even tore through our camp one day and this thing held up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kate