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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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  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0009J3RO8
  • Item model number: A5-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,117 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

If you barbeque or cook at all with charcoal you'll wonder what you did without one of these. Makes hot coals fast. Produces hot coals in 10 to 15 minutes. Made of galvanized steel. 6 1/2" diameter and 12" high

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Barbecuing has never been easier with the Lodge charcoal chimney starter. Rather than spending time standing over the grill trying to maintain a fire, this efficient tool allows the outdoor chef to ready the barbeque in about 15 minutes. Simply place two crumpled pieces of newspaper in the bottom section below the grate, fill the top section with the desired number of briquettes, and light the paper through the vents at the bottom. Once the coals are hot, pour them into a charcoal grill or Dutch oven, and get ready to barbeque. This quick and easy method eliminates the need for lighter fluid, a dangerous pollutant that also leaves food tasting of the substance. Made from durable, heavy-gauge aluminized steel, the 12-inch tall, 6-1/2-inch wide starter has a heat shield to protect the wooden handle from getting hot. No assembly necessary; one-year warranty. --Lea Werbel


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Customer Reviews

Makes charcoal grilling super easy!!!
J. Corbett
It is so cool to be able to get a good set of coals going in 10 to 15 minutes with just a couple of sheets of newspaper!
frogstomper
On the negative side, the bottom is secured to the chimney by tabs perforated in the tin, and they break easily.
Ken

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Despin on August 6, 2007
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The other reviewer pointed out some safety issues. These are valid for any chimney starter and are best solved by keeping in mind that there's a fire going in the chimney.
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.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Nakatani on May 25, 2007
This charcoal chimney starter is effective and performs as described in the product description.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bill the Bear on December 3, 2007
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My old chimney, same style, lasted for twenty years. I'm glad they haven't changed the style. It works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken on September 17, 2011
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I have always considered Lodge to be bullet proof. I suspect this item was not really manufactured by Lodge nor made in America. The first chimney sent from Amazon arrived without a bottom. The replacement arrived with the bottom uninstalled. I installed it, but it is clear that this chimney will not last long.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Sacher on April 19, 2010
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This would be 5 stars if Lodge could have made a grate that didn't allow charcoal to fall through. I used a current name brand charcoal and tried to light three chimney's worth this weekend. About 10% of the bricks will fall through during the pouring in (annoying) or pouring out (dangerous). Why in the world would you not make the grate smaller? Unless I modify it myself, it is too annoying to use. Thanks, Lodge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pollock on March 30, 2008
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Wow, talk about an item that does exactly what it is supposed to do!
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric DeCesare on December 17, 2013
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I am using the chimney starter to start coals for dutch oven cooking. It is well made and should last a long time. So far so good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Drew on October 29, 2013
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I love it, it makes starting charcoal so much easier, and they are ready to use sooner than starting them in the grill.
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