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Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter

4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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  • Lodge charcoal chimney starter; stands 12 inches high
  • Crafted from heavy-gauge aluminized steel; wooden handle
  • Heats coals in 12-15 minutes
  • Eliminates the need to use lighter fluid
  • An efficient way to barbeque
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Product Description

Product Description

If you barbeque or cook at all with charcoal you'll wonder what you did without one of these. Makes hot coals fast. Produces hot coals in 10 to 15 minutes. Made of galvanized steel. 6 1/2" diameter and 12" high

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Barbecuing has never been easier with the Lodge charcoal chimney starter. Rather than spending time standing over the grill trying to maintain a fire, this efficient tool allows the outdoor chef to ready the barbeque in about 15 minutes. Simply place two crumpled pieces of newspaper in the bottom section below the grate, fill the top section with the desired number of briquettes, and light the paper through the vents at the bottom. Once the coals are hot, pour them into a charcoal grill or Dutch oven, and get ready to barbeque. This quick and easy method eliminates the need for lighter fluid, a dangerous pollutant that also leaves food tasting of the substance. Made from durable, heavy-gauge aluminized steel, the 12-inch tall, 6-1/2-inch wide starter has a heat shield to protect the wooden handle from getting hot. No assembly necessary; one-year warranty. --Lea Werbel

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.3 x 10.9 x 6.9 inches
Item Weight 2.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Lodge
ASIN B0009J3RO8
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Item model number A5-1
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4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #232,689 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#76 in Home & Kitchen > Home Décor > Fireplaces & Accessories > Fireplace Accessories > Fire Starters

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By L. Despin on August 6, 2007
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The other reviewer pointed out some safety issues. These are valid for any chimney starter and are best solved by keeping in mind that there's a fire going in the chimney.
There are a few things I really like about this model. 1) Lots of ventilation to get oxygen to all of the coals, even when totally full. 2) You can easily lift it up and put new paper under it if your paper fizzles out (happened to me) and you need to restart. The small holes in the side also help you see what's going on as the heat rises. 3) Most important, it gets charcoal good and hot good and quick.
Now for what I don't like. 1) Lodge coated all of the metal surfaces, including the grill inside, with some kind of coating. I guess it's supposed to make it look like "nice" unfinished metal. Problem is, this coating isn't very heat resistant and quickly melts/evaporates, leaving odd streaks of exposed metal after just a couple uses. A better approach would have been to leave the metal alone. 2) Even a large charcoal briquette can slip through the grill in the bottom. Not sure how I'd fix this and keep the system well ventilated. 3) It only holds enough to cook a crowded meal for 2 on charcoal. Easiest way to solve this is buy 2 or more, depending on how much you plan to cook at a time. This seems to be the case for every starter I've seen. They're all basically the same size.
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My old chimney, same style, lasted for twenty years. I'm glad they haven't changed the style. It works.
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This charcoal chimney starter is effective and performs as described in the product description.

There are two flaws in the design that relate to safety:

1. The metal handle is exposed in the separation on the sides of the 2-piece wooden insulators. Conceivably, a bare hand could be burned when grasping the handle to dump out the prepared coals. Be sure to use an insulated glove or potholder.

2. The spacing of the outermost ring in the bottom grate sometimes allows a briquette to fall through and out of the chimney. This can occur when a briquette is oriented edge-wise down. A user typically has his/her attention on the open end of the chimney when pouring hot charcoal. A hot briquette could fall out unnoticed from the other end when tipping the unit. My personal experience is that a briquette fell out of the bottom when I dumped the coals into my grill. It landed on the plastic top of a patio table. I did not discover this until the table top had been partially melted and deformed.

Use with caution. Supervise youngsters.
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We barbeque several nights a week year round, so this chimney definitely gets a workout. We are now on the second one after the first one lasted 7 years. That's a lot of barbeques. Husband puts charcoal and either newspaper or the remainder of the paper charcoal bag into the chimney, lights it from the bottom, and voila - no lighter fluid (ick) necessary. Makes a clean-burning and good-smelling barbeque fire. If you have a medium to larger barbeque you will need TWO of these, both filled, for each barbeque. We have a 22 1/2" Weber kettle, and husband usually uses two of them. Highly recommended and worth every penny.
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The Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter has become a tremendous asset both while camping, and at home. It has a built-in safety heat shield to keep the convenient wooden handle, and my hand, protected from the heat.

The Charcoal Chimney Starter is made from heavy gauge aluminized steel that is sturdy and durable. It measures 12" tall and 6.5" wide. The starter quickly lights my charcoal in any weather conditions, including rain and wind, without the use of lighter fluid that taints the flavor of my food. It only takes 12-15 minutes to have perfect coals.

I use the starter to get my charcoal started for the pit and to keep a steady flow of coals going for my dutch ovens. It's easy to use... I simply bunch newspaper and place in the bottom before filling the upper compartment with charcoal. I light the paper and have perfect, grey coals minutes later. It can hold up to 5 pounds at one time, but will hold even small amounts, so whatever my needs are, the Charcoal Chimney Starter meets them.

I am very pleased with the overall quality, durability, function, ease of use and convenience the starter provides. Even after 2.5 years of regular use, my Lodge A5-1 Charcoal Chimney Starter is still doing an amazing job!! It makes starting charcoal easier than ever and they come out perfect everytime. This would be great for someone who has trouble BBQing with charcoal.
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I bought this to use for lighting charcoal briquettes for use when Dutch oven cooking. I was a bit skeptical that using just a couple newspapers lit underneath would light all 40 or so briquettes (it would probably hold about 60) that I had put in here but it worked with no problems. I used Kingsford briquettes, not the match light ones. Took no lighter fluid. Just be sure and put 2 full size sheets of newspaper loosely crumpled up underneath and light it on 4 sides for even burn. Should be ready in 10-15 mins.
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This would be 5 stars if Lodge could have made a grate that didn't allow charcoal to fall through. I used a current name brand charcoal and tried to light three chimney's worth this weekend. About 10% of the bricks will fall through during the pouring in (annoying) or pouring out (dangerous). Why in the world would you not make the grate smaller? Unless I modify it myself, it is too annoying to use. Thanks, Lodge.
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