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Weber 87886 Chimney Starter (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Chimney starter system lights charcoal faster and easier
  • Durable aluminized steel construction
  • Stay cool thermoplastic handle adds safety
  • Holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill
  • Greatly reduces the amount of time it takes for coals to get ready
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 8.2 x 12.7 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00004U9VV
  • Item model number: 87886
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,390 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Chefs, start your grills. You can have red-hot coals in a matter of minutes by following three steps: load your coals into this aluminized steel chimney starter, light a fire, and place the starter over the fire. The Weber chimney starter is extra large, holding enough briquettes for indirect or direct fire on a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill. A stay-cool thermoplastic handle and a wire foldout handle let you move the starter safely. --Rhonda Langdon

Product Description

Weber's chimney starter makes starting your charcoal a snap. It also cuts down the amount of time it takes for the coals to get ready. Just load up our extra large cannister full of coals, light up a fire starter or crinkled up newspaper, and set the cannister over the flame. In a matter of minutes the coals will be red hot. Who ever thought it could be so easy?

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Customer Reviews

In five minutes, your coals are ready.
One of the best things I ever bought for my grill. would highly recomend!
Kenneth W. Keith
This amazing chimney starter gets the charcoal HOT without lighter fluid.
Big Ben

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

381 of 393 people found the following review helpful By John H. Henderson VINE VOICE on July 16, 2004
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Get a coffee can, and cut off the bottom with a can opener. With a bottle opener, use the pointy end for opening juice cans to make openings all around the bottom on the side. Get a double-sheet piece of newspaper and roll from the edges toward the center to make sort of a doughnut, and place in the bottom of the can. Do the same with another sheet of paper, but roll it smaller and place it inside the other doughnut. Poke holes through the center of the doughnuts for air flow. Place your charcoal briquettes on top of the paper. Push the whole stack up so the paper doesn't block the holes (the friction of the paper against the can will hold up the stack). Set the can on your grill or cooking spot, and light the paper through the holes in bottom. It may be beneficial to stack another can with the bottom cut out on top to improve the chimney effect. Now let it sit for 10-20 minutes while the briquettes light up. Come back and find out it blew out. Light it again. Watch it longer this time. When the briquettes in the bottom and sides are gray with ash, use tongs to move them around so the unburned ones can light. When ready, use your Vise-Grips to remove the can. Do not leave the can out in the rain, or it will rust (more easily).
Just spend the very reasonable about of money and buy this product! No rolling the paper JUST right - just wad it up and stick it in the bottom. No concern with keeping the air holes uncovered - a grill inside holds the charcoal. Put the Vise-Grips back in the tool box - this has nice handles. And don't worry about mixing the charcoal - it all lights up evenly.
When I first opened the box, I thought, "Wow! This thing is huge!" Made my two coffee cans seem small, but it is supposed to light a grill-full of charcoal at once.
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161 of 163 people found the following review helpful By A. Neilll VINE VOICE on November 11, 2000
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I have used other chimney starters, and in fact have even written favorable reviews for another model on this site. Well that was before I broke down and bought the Weber model.
I love this chimney starter, it really is better than the others.
- charcoal capacity seems greater than other brands
- The coals get going an glowing faster than with the other model
- Fire has not yet "gone out" (sometimes with other brands I have had to put in more newspaper and start over, or relight the newspaper.)
- the extra handle that swings up to make it more stable when you are dumping the hot coals is a nice feature.
All in all I wish I had gotten this model of the starter much sooner, it would have saved me a few headaches. Add in the fact that it is actually cheaper (at least on amazon.com) than the other brand of chimney starter, and I think you have to admit it is a win-win.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2002
I've been using this style of starter for 14 years now going through 6 including many "Brand Names". I grill or BBQ on a weekly basis. Recently I stepped up to the Weber 87886 Chimney Starter. This is the best I've ever used. It has a heavy duty convex wire cone in the bottom that makes for an easy start with two sheets of newspaper no need to add paper as I used to do with the brand names. Capacity is there is you need it more than with the competitors but it will also do a great job with a small amount of charcoal. The Plastic handle is bonus and stands up to the weather better than wood. The only way I can see melting the handle is using lighter fluid or self starting charcoal or having it too close to flammable material. The barrel is made of a heavier gauge of metal than the competition and others thinner metal gets weak with repeated heating and cooling. The lifting handle is a nice to have feature with a full load of briquettes. Although do yourself a big flavor treat and try Lump Charcoal, also if using briquettes adding unlit ones to a grill in use gives a flavor to the food I don't care for.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A photographer VINE VOICE on May 22, 2006
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Just like everyone else has said, this is a winner.

I've owned a few different chimney starters over the years and just never could get them to work reliably. I always ended up going back to lighter fluid. Yes, it stinks and it's expensive and it can ruin the taste of your meal if you don't let the charcoal burn down for a long time but it worked every time. Those Brand X chimney starters didn't always get the charcoal going.

The Weber is larger and the design is well thought-out. Instead of a few holes in the bottom of the charcoal section, it has a grate. And the grate is kind of reverse-cone shaped so more charcoal comes in contact with the burning newspaper. The result--it lights pretty much perfectly every time. All it takes is two broadsheet pages of newpaper stuffed in the bottom. That's two broadsheets--the equivalent of eight pages of your morning newspaer. You can also use paper towels--they create less ash. If you want, you can lightly spray the newpaper or towels with a little Pam or the like. That's gets the paper to burning quickly.

Don't bother with those small, poorly designed, no-name (or even big-name) chimney starters you see around. The Weber is the one to get.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James M. Henry on November 11, 2001
The 87886 Chimney Starter is nothing short of a miracle. I first saw one at a friend's house. We were about to grill some hamburgers and my friend went to start the fire. He pulled out this contraption and filled it up with charcoal. I watched with some amusement, thinking to myself that this will never work. He placed two crumpled sheets of newspapers under it, lit the paper, and left it alone. Much to my amazement, 15 minutes later the charcoal was perfect. No lighter fluid, no re-lights, no fuss. Being an avid griller, this product consumed my thoughts for the next several days. Finally, I had to have one. After buying one of my own, I was so proud. Honestly, everytime someone would come over to my house, whether we were grilling or not, I would show them the Chimney Starter. I recommended it, and still do, to anyone that would listen. This is literally the best thing since sliced bread. My dad was so impressed with mine, that I gave it to him, thinking that I would just goto the store to buy myself another. The store I went to was out of the Weber version (I guess people were actually taking my advice) so I bought a "generic" version, thinking it would be the same. I couldn't have been more wrong. The middle section of the weber is cone shaped wire, the middle section of the others I have seen is flat sheet metal with some holes cut into it. Apparently the design of the middle section makes a HUGE difference. The "generic" version I bought didn't work well at all. I was constantly having to babysit it and add more paper. The first time I used it, I was so accustomed to the Weber that I lit the paper and left it alone, expecting to start grilling when I returned 15 minutes later.Read more ›
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