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Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter
|Price:||$14.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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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||1013|
|Shipping Weight||4.23 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The aluminized finish on this resists heat and rust quite well. Other reviewers have commented on the helper handle, but the really key feature of this chiminey starter is the conical wire grid inside that holds up the charcoal. Unlike perforated metal plate inside the no-name chimeny starters, this wire grid lets all of the flame from the newspaper through to the charcoal, resulting in the charcoal lighting in half the time.
All of that, and it isn't any more expensive that the no-name brands. Bigger, faster, and more durable. What more could you ask for?
The difference is night and day -- my coals start in half the time with the Weber, are much hotter when started, and, if I need to, I can start a LOT more coals at once. When they call this "Rapidfire" they mean it. If I had known what I do now, I never would've gone the coffee can route. This thing is so cheap, and works so well, that everyone with a charcoal grill should have one.
Definately a great buy. Just one word of advice...if using in semi-windy conditions, be aware the newspaper ash will fly out from the bottom of the chimmney.
At first, it seems like very little is happening aside from a lot of smoke coming out of the top of the chimney. Within a few minutes though, even the top coals start showing tiny specks of white ash, and 25-30 minutes from initially lighting it, your coals are ready to use!
The unit is well built (Weber really is hanging in there with product quality), and I can't find any major problems at all with the design. One minor change I'd make is to make the side ventilation holes slightly larger to increase air flow inward and upward from the sides once it gets going, but I don't think performance would be more than marginally improved by doing so, and I certainly don't think air flow is insufficient as it is out of the box.
Both handles stay surprisingly cool, but do wear a glove or mitt when using it anyway, as the top unprotected steel wire handle does get a little warmer than most people will be comfortable with on bare skin. No such problem with the main (bottom) handle.
The bottom of the unit is made of heavy steel wire, which allows for much faster ignition than similar items with a bottom made of sheet metal with slots cut into it, and the well thought out design makes pouring your lit charcoals precisely where you want them a breeze.
I bought this just to see if I'd been missing anything all these years, and I've concluded that I have indeed, just for the amount of hassle and messiness handling charcoals has involved. I wish I'd have bought one of these years ago, this is a much easier and cleaner way to get that grill sizzling!
I hope some of you find my review helpful in making a more informed buying decision. Peace and happy grilling :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works like a champ, I don't need any fire fluid any more just plain paper !Published 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great product! I will never use lighter fluid again or matchlightPublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I can't believe I hadn't heard about this item sooner. I prefer cooking with charcoal as opposed to gas. Read morePublished 2 days ago by TiaRenee
Bought this after our old one rusted out. It works well and seems to be holding up well. Just wish it were larger, we're gonna need a second one in order to have enough charcoal... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carrie