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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 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.
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.
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.
The Charcoal Chimney Starter is made from heavy gauge aluminized steel that is sturdy and durable. It measures 12" tall and 6.5" wide. The starter quickly lights my charcoal in any weather conditions, including rain and wind, without the use of lighter fluid that taints the flavor of my food. It only takes 12-15 minutes to have perfect coals.
I use the starter to get my charcoal started for the pit and to keep a steady flow of coals going for my dutch ovens. It's easy to use... I simply bunch newspaper and place in the bottom before filling the upper compartment with charcoal. I light the paper and have perfect, grey coals minutes later. It can hold up to 5 pounds at one time, but will hold even small amounts, so whatever my needs are, the Charcoal Chimney Starter meets them.
I am very pleased with the overall quality, durability, function, ease of use and convenience the starter provides. Even after 2.5 years of regular use, my Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter is still doing an amazing job!! It makes starting charcoal easier than ever and they come out perfect everytime. This would be great for someone who has trouble BBQing with charcoal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The usefulness of newspapers has expanded from only a fish wrapper to a beautiful way to start charcoal. Charcoal is ready to go in about 10 minutes with no smelly starting fluid.Published 6 days ago by Ronnie D. Cassell
I bought this to use for lighting charcoal briquettes for use when Dutch oven cooking. I was a bit skeptical that using just a couple newspapers lit underneath would light all 40... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Noblesquire
It Resembles the 'Charcoal Chimney Starter', - I purchased many years ago; But, it is now made of much thinner metal.Published 5 months ago by GA
1 wad of newspaper and 1 kitchen match does it...no lighter fluid, odors, etc.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer