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Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter
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- Chimney starter system lights charcoal quickly and evenly
- Made from aluminized steel with a stay-cool thermoplastic handle
- Holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill
- Cone bottom ensures a fast start; eliminates need for lighter fluid
- Measures 7-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 12 inches
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||7416|
|Shipping Weight||3.75 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||7.5 x 7.5 x 12 in||8 x 10.5 x 5.75 in||8 x 12 x 12 in||8.9 x 1 x 8.2 in||6 x 13 x 11 in||11.02 x 6.5 x 10.63 in|
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?
Top Customer Reviews
Tell me if this sounds familiar, I stack a mountain of charcoal over a napkin in a shape of a pyramid. I then douse lighter fluid from the top. I let it rest for a few minutes and then light the napkin. After the initial smoke is gone, I get a large piece of cardboard to fan the pyramid until the top briquette catches fire. Process takes 20 minutes. When I flatten out the briquettes so I can put my grate on, not all the briquettes are burned uniformly so I wait another few minutes for the top large pieces to burn to gray, because I don't want cancer.
No lighter fluid.
No fanning for 20 minutes. The chimney forces air up. I go drink a soda (hate beer) and come back in 20 minutes.
No problems with uniformity. When I dump the coals, they are all equally gray. Every "spot" in my weber is burning equally hot.
Verdict: Weber is known to be the best mainstream brand there is to bbqing. They did not disappoint on their Chimney quality. This will actually save you money because you burn away way fewer briquettes to get a good fire. And you don't ever need fluid again.
The chimney comes with an additional wire handle that makes for two handed use. Since I will hardly ever use it more than half full of charcoal I immediately removed the wire handle which can be done very easily and replaced very easily as well.
The size of the chimney cylinder is: 12"H x 7.5" W The grate that holds the charcoal is set just above the slots at the base of the chimney roughly 3" above the bottom of the cylinder.
I was skeptical at first, rarely does a product exceed my expectations and this one has done just that!
So glad I found this before trying to build my own which would have cost more and not been as good.
It will be some time before my gas grill gets any use.
It's so simple to use! Insert charcoal in cylinder, stuff some newspaper in the bottom from underneath, light newspaper and wait 10 minutes or so then dump it into your grill. I light mine inside my grill on top of the charcoal grate so as not to damage my concrete driveway, then dump it right into the grill. To me, this is easier than using lighter fluid or having to stack my charcoal like my father taught me.
This is hands down my favorite grilling accessory.
I followed the instructions on the tag and filled it with charcoal, leaving a bit of space in the middle. I crumpled a small brown paper bag, stuffed it in the bottom and lighted it up, with no sticks, lighter fluid or anything else. I was absolutely surprised how well it worked, as I really was not expecting it to be that easy. I usually build a pyramid of coals directly on the grill and soak them with lighter fluid, and it still takes just as long.
The batch of coals took about 35 minutes before I was perfectly happy with how they looked at the top. You may have a different experience depending on what what kind of charcoal you are using. The pictures speak for themselves, it worked great, and I'd buy it again.
I used heavy leather gloves to empty the hot charcoal into the grill, and it was easy, no problems with that. I would not attempt to empty it without gloves, I just don't trust myself well enough to not get burned somehow.
It's larger than I though it would be, which is a plus, however, I would think twice before taking it camping; may be too big even for car camping.
I see some temperature-related discoloration after the first use, and reading from other reviews, I really hope that it lasts longer than one year,