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Weber 7447 Compact Rapidfire Chimney Starter

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  • Lights coals in under 15 minutes
  • Place with coals on Weber Lighter Cubes or crumpled newspaper and light
  • Fits perfectly on Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills
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Weber 7447 Compact Rapidfire Chimney Starter + Weber 7417 FireStarters Lighter Cubes, 24 Count + Stubb's 46015 Natural Charcoal Briquettes, 15-Pound
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 5.8 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B009IH0ICG
  • Item model number: 7447
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

This smaller version of original Rapidfire Chimney Starter lights coals in under 15 minutes without using lighter fluid. Place canister with coals on top of Weber Lighter Cubes or crumpled newspaper and light. It's that easy. Fits perfectly on Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills.


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Customer Reviews

No lighter fluid.
talon1189
We don't need a lot of charcoal with the small portable grill, and this is a great compact size for use with the smaller grills.
Meowcat
Produces hot coals quickly, allows easy transfer to the coal bed of my smoker.
Onepoorguy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cerda on July 11, 2013
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For my grill the easiest way to control the heat (225F for long smokes) is to limit the fuel. I have a full size chimney and found myself only filling it to 1/3 full (33 Kingsford Original briquettes). I decided I wanted half that and found that so few briquettes didn't catch on fire as well. I use the Minion method of using the lit coals to light unlit coals over time. So, the question is does this smaller compact chimney starter work for 15-20 briquettes?

Here are the numbers: The full size chimney starter is 12 inches high, 7.5 inches in diameter. The cavity is 9 inches deep. There is an internal grate that provides air space under the charcoal. It's conical in shape but I'm ignoring that; I don't think it makes much difference. Total volume is 397.6 cubic inches (or 6.5 liters).

The compact chimney starter is 8 inches high, 5.75 inches in diameter. The cavity is 6.25 inches deep. The total volume is 162 cubic inches (or 2.6 liters).

1 full compact chimney starter fills the full chimney starter to 1/3 (33 briquettes as it happens). This is going to be perfect for me. With my usual load of 15 briquettes they didn't even cover the whole bottom of the full sized starter.

I made this measurement because briquettes aren't fluid and don't flow to fill all available space. I was concerned that the briquettes would not pack as well into a smaller volume.

There is some discussion of the compact chimney starter not firing up coals as well. The volume beneath the coal grate that allows air in is smaller than the volume beneath the full size chimney starter. That's obvious. I just lit a 15 briquette load. Fifteen minutes, same as the larger starter. The charcoal in the compact starter is more uniform gray and better started.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Smith on June 15, 2013
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I previously had a Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter but since downsizing my grilling operations to a Smokey Joe thought this was a better fit. And it is a good fit in terms of charcoal amount for a small grill like the Smokey Joe but it really doesn't work as well as the larger size. Almost always need 2 newspaper sheets (one after the other) whereas on the larger unit one sheet was usually sufficient.

EDIT:
Adding that another reason for opting for the larger one is that the small one is pretty much unusable with lump charcoal. Many times I prefer lump charcoal and don't want to have to manually break it up before placing it in the chimney.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Haggerty on April 9, 2013
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I frequently just need enough coals to place under and above a 10" Dutch oven. This smaller starter holds all I need and takes less space while traveling than my full sized Weber starter.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Belken on April 14, 2013
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I have the Weber Smokey Joe Jumbo. If you fill this to the very top it starts 40 pieces of charcoal, perfect for grill. Also perfect for smoking w/ Minnon method for smoker. You fill charcoal pan w/ charcoal and then put lighted coals in the middle, as coals burn down it spreads the fire and maintains temp.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Al Koscielny on March 24, 2013
I usually don't need to light 5 pounds of charcoal, which is what the regular size charcoal chimney holds (12 inches tall and 7.5 inch diameter). This one is 8 inches tall with 5.75 inch diameter and will hold a bit over a pound of lump charcoal. So it much easier to start the small amount appropriate for cooking indirect on a Weber CharQ or for a low and slow fire in a ceramic cooker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fishing Dries on July 31, 2013
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I was hesitant to order another chimney starter after having purchased the weber standard size starter. The standard starter is big and holds about 100 briquettes. This is great if using a full size grill. I however, travel with my 18" Weber and this compact starter is perfect and takes up much less room. I also use it when I only need 10 or so briquettes for slow smoking.

I haven't noticed the handle getting hot because I use gloves when handling these starters and I think everyone should to avoid burns.

Recommended.

I added a photo so people can compare the size difference.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wally Phillips on March 28, 2013
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This Item works better then I ever expected, Started charcoal fast and evenly, will never go back to the old way of using lighter fluid.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hon Lee on July 18, 2013
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I stuffed this pint-sized chimney starter to the brim and hoped as I poured lit charcoals into my Weber 18 inch grill. Well, that one load kept good heat for 2 hours and some, cooking 2 pork roasts, 3 pounders each, 6 chicken leg quarters, 4 top sirloin 2 inch square steaks, two lamb chops, and finished with 4 leg quarters to use up the extra heat. I was surprised and very content. That domed insert that positions the charcoal really works. Those other chimneys with the flat insert take a good 40% longer with unburnt charcoals. It's a whole lot cheaper than its European clone as well.
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