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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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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?
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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.
When I saw a video of someone lighting charcoal with only a chimney, some newspaper, and a long Bic lighter, I new it was time to stop tempting fate. I have a big smoker that I use at least once a week for brisket, pulled pork, etc., and also a Weber kettle grill we use for basic grilling. This chimney is the only way to go. I light it and don't have to stand around fussing over it and spraying highly flammable liquids onto it. I use that time to assemble the rest of the gear and food so I can get down to business with my cooking.
I like this so much, I bought a second to have around when I need to light an extra large batch of charcoal.
Cooks the coals evenly, and a little quicker than just making a pile in the grill. Also it has a nice pocket below where the coals sit, where you have place paper to help start the coals. The holes along the side of the coal chimney help it breath through a thick layer of coals.
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