Char-Broil SureFire Electric Charcoal Starter
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- UL Listed
- Provides hot coals in minutes
- No lighter fluid taste
- Stainless steel sheath with heat resistant handle
- 120 volts, 500 watts
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|Item Dimensions||18 x 5.5 x 1.63 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||B0001B50BM|
|Shipping Weight||0.35 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 1.63 x 18 in||1.5 x 5.5 x 21 in||2.75 x 5 x 16 in||7.5 x 7.5 x 12 in||3.7 x 17.5 x 1.9 in||4.5 x 2 x 17.5 in|
Grill safely and cleanly, without that lighter-fluid taste, using the Sure Fire Electric Charcoal Starter wand from Char-Broil. Powered by a 120-volt, 500-watt electric heat element, the tool ignites charcoal without matches or lighter fluid. A sturdy plastic handle stays cool to the touch. Housed in a stainless-steel sheath, the tool has been safety-tested by Underwriters Laboratories.
Read all instructions and warnings before attempting to use this product. Do not use with self igniting charcoal. Do not remove grounding prong. Do not immerse in water, use to heat water, or clean with water. Do not leave in charcoal more than 8 minutes.
Top Customer Reviews
Despite the excellent job that this product does, there are a couple of warnings and issues that I have with this, that caused the one star deduction. I complained about the safety of the lighter fluid, but honestly, this thing is pretty dangerous too. After your remove it from the coals, you need to have a dedicated space to put it that is out of the reach of children, pets, or accidentally bumping it yourself. This thing gets very, very, very hot -- and it will do serious damage to somebody.
Additionally, you have to be very careful where you store it. I have an enclosed area in my backyard that I keep most of my yard tools, etc. I put this on one of the shelves, but the morning dew one morning permeated the plastic housing on the handle, and shorted the item. I had to buy another one. This needs to be stored somewhere that is completely protected from the elements. It also seems to me that intense cold may also have an adverse effect on it. I now let mine fully cool, clean it off, and then bring it inside for storage.
Ultimately, I still like this significantly more than using lighter fluid, and recommend it to anyone looking to get away from it.
Downside: Dealing with a very hot heating element while it cools down after you take it out of the grill.
I've been using lighter fluid or newspapers, with and without a chimney since I was grilling with my dad as a kid. With practice, it works well every time. Especially if you carefully mind it, blow on the coals to get the embers really started, you know the drill. I ran out of lighter fluid yet again and happened to be wandering through YouTube late at night and stumbled across electric charcoal starters. Some look like hair dryers and sound like them too, and some were simple heating elements, like this one. I'm not going to trust a hair dryer to be left unattended, but I could walk away from a heating element for a minute or two. Popped over to Amazon and saw the prices and decided to give it a shot.
It's a fantastic tool. Put down a few briquettes put the starter on top, leaning the plastic handle against the edge of the grill, bury that element with the rest of the briquettes and plug it in. You need an extension cord to get to your grill, two prongs is fine. Set a timer for 8-10 minutes they say (I stick with 10 so far) and don't let it stay longer than that because it can get hot enough to damage the product! You will need a place to lean the handle and attached metal stand to allow the heating element to cool, so keep that in mind if you have pets or kids out with you. Once it's cool, I just toss it in with the bag and the rest of my unused briquettes and put them in the basement.
You can see a little smoke trail after 30 or so seconds. I never see giant flames like I do with lighter fluid, after my 10 minute timer I just see the red hot smoldering embers like you're supposed to see after the lighter fluid burns off. I do like to leave the coals to burn a while after I take it out to make sure that the burning has spread as much as possible.
This is a 500W heating element, which puts it at more power than your vacuum cleaner but less than your microwave, so it's not likely to trip your circuit breaker.
It does the job, flat out. I have only had it a few weeks, but it does indeed start the charcoal.
Quickly too! About 5-10 mins get the coals read hot!
I gave it 5 stars because this thing does exactly what it's supposed to do, start coal.
Now, for my commentary.
This thing makes me NERVOUS AS HELL.
I have kids, and they are goofy. This is basically every toaster/counter-top oven heating element in the world, with a plastic handle. Haha
So when you take this thing out of the coals, it is this red hot heating element. Where do you put it? It has to cool off for a few mins. On the table? Patio? Where out of the way, that someone isnt going to touch it?
I am not knocking the product, it is what it is, but think about this stuff before you buy it. I wouldnt want to see someone get hurt from this thing.
Buy the Grill Dome Rapid-Lite 600 Watt Electric Charcoal Lighter on Amazon. You can pile your charcoal above and below it and it has 2 coils for bigger quicker lighting. It's about $40 on Amazon, you can find it cheaper. They have lasted about 18 months for me. I use my BGE about 4 nights a week year round.
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