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HAVE 911 READY ON THE SPEED DIAL IF YOU PURCHASE THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE!
on June 7, 2013
I cannot leave zero stars. I wish I could.
I cannot even begin to express my disappointment completely enough in this tool. First off I can tell you that it does work. It works fantastically. It works so well, however, that I enjoyed a trip to the emergency room!
First I filled up the chamber with charcoal. It holds a lot. I mean a lot of charcoal. This is good. I imagine I can cook for a good long while with the amount of charcoal in the container. Impressive.
Take three sheets of newspaper, crumple them up, put them in the bottom and light them. Okay, sounds easy enough. I do so and light the paper. First off flames are shooting out of the holes in the bottom along with thick, billowing clouds of black smoke. This is certainly not expected. I end up choking on the fumes. I am completely overcome to the point that I know if I don't open a window, I will likely pass out. I go ahead and open a window and that helps a little, but not enough, so I open up one more on the other side of the room. The cross ventilation works and clears the room of the smoke fairly quickly so I am willing to keep going and give this a try. So far, however, I am not impressed.
After about five minutes the flames go out at the bottom along with no more black smoke. I look down and see no smoke so I know this is not working so I need to do something to remedy. I take my can of lighter fluid and pour it down the middle of the can.
WOW!!! Fire shoots straight up from the middle like a volcano. Flames roll over the ceiling and the can of lighter fluid explodes in my hand. I end up with a face, chest, head, neck and breast full of shrapnel in the emergency room and I have burn marks all over the basement walls and ceiling.
My wife tells me that eventually the charcoal did catch. I cannot tell you for sure, however, as after three nights in the hospital the coals were most certainly out so I was not able to witness this.
My solemn advice is to run, don't walk, as fast as you can from this device and stick to traditional lighter fluid and a pyramid. Once the fuel burns off there is no taste and I can tell you that I have never burned myself with the fluid.