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BBQ Dragon Charcoal Starter and Fire Lighter for Barbecue Grills, Fire Pits, Camping, and Fireplaces - Battery-powered Bellows
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- STARTS CHARCOAL AND FIRES FAST – The BBQ Dragon Fan is the fastest way to start charcoals and to keep fires burning strong. With this fan clipped to the side of your charcoal grill, you’ll be ready to start barbecuing within 10 minutes. This electric bellow is much more effective than blowing air from your mouth, and you won’t get smoky ash in your face.
- STAINLESS STEEL CONSTRUCTION – The main body of this fan is made from sleek stainless steel that stays cool and stands up to tough use. The long, adjustable neck is also made from stainless steel, and it allows you to position the BBQ Dragon Fan to provide air wherever you need it. The fan also has a variable speed motor so you can control the amount of airflow.
- USE WITH A CHARCOAL CHIMNEY, WOOD STOVE, AND MORE – This fire starter fan has a number of uses both indoors and outdoors. Use it with your charcoal grill, fire pit, fireplace, wood stove, smoker, campfire, ceramic cooker, and kamado-style cooker. It also works exceptionally well to light charcoals when combined with the BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity.
- CLIPS TO ANY GRILL – This electric bellows tool has an amazingly versatile heavy-duty, spring-loaded clamp that opens wide and attaches to any type of grill. It can also be clipped to a number of other objects for placement near a fire pit or wood stove. You can easily change the position of the BBQ Dragon Fan by unclipping it and moving it, or simply by bending the adjustable neck.
- BATTERY POWERED AND CORDLESS – The BBQ Dragon Fan is completely battery-operated and cordless, meaning that it can be used hands free. Just set it to an appropriate position with the appropriate speed of airflow, and then let it do its job. This allows you to focus on grilling or enjoy the great outdoors. Charge the fan using a micro-USB cable just be sure to insert rechargeable batteries into the fan. Fan needs 4 AA batteries. (Batteries not included)
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The BBQ Dragon Fan breathes life into your fire! This fire starting tool is so simple and at the same time revolutionary. This electric bellow provides the best way to get your charcoal briquettes and fire burning fast. In fact, when using the BBQ Dragon Fan, your charcoal grill will be ready for barbecuing in less than ten minutes. It also supercharges the starting of all kinds of other fires.
The BBQ Dragon Fan works by blowing large amounts of low-velocity cool air at the charcoal or fire. Fire needs oxygen to burn and the BBQ Dragon Fan supplies just the right amount of oxygen. It has a variable speed motor that enables rapid-fire starting and it also allows you to control the temperature of your grill while cooking. The sophisticated high-tech design of this fan makes it the perfect complement to any grill or outdoor kitchen. It has an amazingly versatile heavy-duty spring-loaded clamp that opens wide and clips onto the side of the grill or onto another object. This allows it to be used for standard charcoal grills, fire pits, fireplaces, wood stoves, smokers, campfires, ceramic cookers, and kamado-style cookers.
The fan also works exceptionally well with BBQ Dragons Chimney of Insanity. When used together, they can get your coals ready for grilling in as little as three minutes. You can easily change the position of the fan by unclipping it and moving it, or simply by bending the adjustable neck. This adjustable neck is made of stainless steel. The main body of the blower is also made of sleek stainless steel that stays cool and stands up to tough use.
The BBQ Dragon Fan is completely battery powered cordless and hands-free while in use. This means that you can focus on whats important — grilling the perfect meal or simply enjoying the great outdoors next to a warm campfire with no distractions. The fan’s rechargeable battery can be charged using a micro-USB connection to any power source in your car or home; be sure to insert 4 AA rechargeable batteries.
BATTERY POWERED AND CORDLESS
The BBQ Dragon Fan is completely battery operated and cordless, meaning that it can be used hands-free. Just set it to an appropriate position with the appropriate speed of airflow and then let it do its job. This allows you to focus on grilling or enjoy the great outdoors. Charge the fan using a micro-USB cable; just be sure to insert rechargeable batteries into the fan. Fan needs four double A batteries. Batteries not included.
STARTS CHARCOAL AND FIRES FAST
The BBQ Dragon Fan is the fastest way to start charcoals and to keep fires burning strong. With this fan clipped to the side of your charcoal grill, you’ll be ready to start barbecuing within 10 minutes. This electric bellow is much more effective than blowing air from your mouth and you won’t get smoky ash in your face.
USE WITH A CHARCOAL CHIMNEY WOOD STOVE AND MORE
This fire starter fan has a number of uses both indoors and outdoors. Use it with your charcoal grill fire pit fireplace wood stove smoker campfire ceramic cooker and kamado-style cooker. It also works exceptionally well to light charcoals when combined with the BBQ Dragon Chimney of Insanity.
WE INVENTED THE BEST BBQ ACCESSORIES ON THE MARKET
BBQ Dragon makes the most innovative grill tools available today. We won the TV show, “All American Makers,” on the Science Channel! We’ve also won awards like “Best New Barbecue Accessory,” “Best in Show,” and the “Best New Outdoor Tech” award presented at the National Hardware Show.
We’ve created a variety of innovative barbecue accessories, including a multifunction grill tool set, a rotating grate, a clip-on side table for kettle charcoal grills, a 3-minute charcoal chimney starter, a heat-deflecting grill stone for kettle grills, and more. But all of this started with one invention: the BBQ Dragon Fan.
FASTER & EASIER
We all know that charcoal cooks better; it’s hotter, it imparts better flavor to food, and it’s more ecologically sustainable than gas. Unfortunately, for many people charcoal just wasn’t as convenient as propane. It can be frustrating to wait for charcoal to light and get hot enough for grilling. That’s why we created the BBQ Dragon Fan—to make it faster and easier to get your charcoal grill burning hot.
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With these invention, there’s no longer a reason to use a gas grill. That’s the BBQ Dragon revolution, and the spirit of that revolution has carried on into our other products. Our entire line of products will provide you with the best barbecue experience imaginable.
BBQ DRAGON FOUNDERS
Bruce and George Prior are brothers. They’re also inventors. Bruce is a mechanical engineer, and George is a product designer. But most importantly, they are grilling and barbecuing FANATICS! They love being next to a hot fire, grilling steaks for family barbecues, and they love the challenge of smoking the perfect brisket or ribs. They’ve been able to apply their expertise in mechanics and electronics to create the BBQ Dragon Fan and other products that revolutionize the barbecuing experience. They’re making grilling easier, faster, and more fun. Their inventions are enhancing the great tradition of barbecuing for millions of families around the world. They love to barbecue and want to help other people share this great joy of food, family, and fire.
A MESSAGE FROM GEORGE:
“Grilling is our passion and we absolutely love sharing it with you! BBQ Dragon is not just a business, it is a natural extension of our love for barbecue and outdoor cooking. For us, it's about really good food, shared with family and friends. Cooking over a fire has been part of so many important times in our family, it's more than just a way to make a good steak, it's a way to live life to the fullest.”
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What I am using it for is as a supplement to the Slow-N-Sear, and for that it's AWESOME. I've been relying on the reverse sear lately for just about everything but for steaks especially, I've never grilled such good food before. The concept is that you bank all or most of your coals on one side of the grill, and cook your food with indirect heat until you're about 10 or 15 degrees shy of your target temp. Then you put the food over your coal pile, which is way hotter than you'd normally cook with. That's where you get dark, flavorful crust (no grill marks; the whole surface is a giant grill mark) with total control over temperature.
The problem with this setup is that even with a big pile of charcoal, it's not going to be that hot after 10 minutes of covered indirect cooking because it's been oxygen-starved. Enter the (BBQ) Dragon ... you can turn the coal pile into a glowing red inferno in a minute or two. The BBQ Dragon isn't so much a time-saver anymore; it's saving moisture in your meat while you quickly get your sear zone hotter than would otherwise be possible.
I don't feel any differently about the quality or features of the BBQ Dragon, but its role in reverse-searing has turned it into a must-have for me.
This product sat in my cart for a long time before I decided to pull the trigger. I knew what it does, and knew that I really wanted my charcoal lit as fast as possible ... I just couldn't get past that price. I felt like I was going to get ripped off buying what is nothing more than a common fan, probably only priced as high as it is because it's marketed to grill enthusiasts (and we love to spend money on this stuff).
Well, I can't say that I think it's worth, for example, half the cost of an entry-level Weber charcoal grill. I'd feel pretty good paying about $30 for this. But I was wrong to think that this is not a unique product. You're paying for a good idea. Nowhere else will you find a small fan that a) is built to be heatproof, b) has a long, flexible neck, c) is cordless, and d) can be recharged.
Those features are why you can't "just use a hair dryer." Well, you can, but you'll have to stand there holding it, and you'll need to be near an outlet, and you will only have one free hand to get your charcoal lit. There's no possible way to position anything else correctly without holding it. I tried a regular fan once and after seeing the difference some moving air makes, I knew I had to buy the real thing.
Let me mention some common beefs in other reviews:
That Battery Latch: Yes, it's weird. Basically the entire end of one part of the handle comes off, and that's where the batteries go in. This end cap is your battery latch, and it's held in place by two flexible plastic clips that mate with holes on the handle. It's a design that I don't remember seeing before, and probably with good reason. My problem isn't that anything feels cheap or flimsy, it's that it's hard to get it back on once it's off, to the point where you feel like you're forcing it and may break it. Maybe some earlier reviewers had a different product run with thinner clips that are easier to insert but also easier to break? With mine, I would not enjoy taking it off and putting it on a lot, but with rechargables I don't have to think about it.
USB port: I think it's great that you can bring your own batteries and charger to this system. The USB port is probably the worst part of this product, though. I have a really hard time getting the cable in there correctly. BBQ Dragon needs to tighten this up a bit.
The handle: I haven't seen much mention of the fact that the handle can serve as a really sturdy base for the fan, making it free-standing. This would make it great for a campfire or fireplace. The flipside of that is that the handle is enormous - so big that it's difficult to squeeze with one hand.
Documentation: No complaints here. There are diagrams for placement of the fan for different situations (for example, if you're lighting a chimney you should point the fan downward on the other side of the grill so that air loops around and travels up the chimney. This seems to work pretty well). If they didn't explain the USB charging before, that's been fixed now.
Build quality: It's built like a tank, especially the handle, the neck, and the case of the fan (which is stainless and not plastic like you might suspect). Two exceptions are the terrible USB port, and the wiring inside the fan tube. I was a little surprised to see fairly bare soldered wire connections inside the fan. I'd think you'd want that stuff sheltered from the filth that's being constantly sent through the fan body. We'll see if that becomes a problem when this unit has been out there a few more years.
I love this fan, and as long as it lasts more than a few years I'll be happy with my purchase. The build quality is great, it works well, and I love the recharging function. With some tweaks to the USB port and battery cover, and a $10 price reduction, I'd have zero complaints. 4 stars.
If this holds up like I hope it will, I can say it was money well spent. I'm not kidding, I'm going to show this off to some friends, and I'll bet they are all going to buy one after they see it in action. Compared to even those other electric blower bellows out there (for fireplaces) this one is way more powerful, and has so much high quality construction.
Now the con: This is important in reviewing any product. It uses batteries. That's fine as I have rechargeables in mine. But the designers thought it would be clever to include a charging port on the device. Sounds great at first but It uses a USB port. Really? I'm gonna hook this up to my laptop to charge? Or my PC to charge it? No wait, I have to buy an adaptor to plug in the USB cord so I can then plug it into a wall. (no USB cord included) so I can then charge it. STUPID! I just charge the rechargeable batteries in their own charger as I am sure ALL users would do.
Would I recommend this? Oh heck yes. I absolutely love this device. Very easy to use, the clamp is very powerful and holds the device secure and the flexible neck is rigid to stay where you aim the fan. This device is a must for any person who needs to accelerate partially lit coals in a big big hurry. Swell product and a big hats off to the developers. I'm impressed.
Click to Buy? Yes. When you have little time because you were distracted watching ..uh movies...educational movies...online and need those charcoals white hot for that 6 hour babyback rib cook...
So as you may or may not know, when cooking with charcoal, it needs to white in color usually when you start grilling or cooking. If you start on schedule, then you can relax but if you're like me then you'll be starting late...real late...Use a Chimney Starter and a charcoal starter wand...Once those are all white then put it in with the rest. You can use to speed that up too. Once the white hot charcoals are ready place them with the rest and let loose the Dragon. Within a few minutes most of your charcoal will be lit white too. There's a YouTube vid that demonstrates this if you need social proof. The flexible neck and clip allow it a great degree of various positions. The only downside is it uses batteries. So depending how much you bbq, you may need to invest in some good rechargeables.