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- Lights coals in under 15 minutes
- Place with coals on Weber Lighter Cubes or crumpled newspaper and light
- Compact design makes it ideal for smaller grills or shorter grilling sessions. Two handle design provides more control when pouring lit charcoal
- Fits perfectly on Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills
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This smaller version of original Rapidfire Chimney Starter lights coals in under 15 minutes without using lighter fluid. Place canister with coals on top of Weber Lighter Cubes or crumpled newspaper and light. It's that easy. Fits perfectly on Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills.
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I haven't noticed the handle getting hot because I use gloves when handling these starters and I think everyone should to avoid burns.
I added a photo so people can compare the size difference.
One full chimney equates to almost exactly 40 briquettes. In my photos you'll be able to see the comparison between this and the full size chimney. One full compact chimney will fill the full size chimney to about the top hole in the side (prob just under half a chimney). I see myself using this new compact version a LOT more than the full size.
+ Ideal chimney for starting smaller grills and some smokers such as Pit Barrel Cooker, 18" Weber Smokey Mountain, Smokey Joe, etc.
+ Smaller size is nice for transporting, camping, taking in an RV, etc.
+ Great for "minion" charcoal starting
+ Heat guard to protect your hands
+ No worries about tasting lighter fluid in your food
- Not ideal for use with lump charcoal (larger, irregular size)
- Not suitable for all grilling/BBQ purposes - for larger cooks, see Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter
This is the little brother to the larger Weber chimney starter, which was voted by America's Test Kitchen as the best chimney starter. This chimney starter is as good, or better, than any you'll find available and it comes with at a reasonable price. It takes roughly 20 minutes for the charcoal to be ready to dump. If you desire large capacity, high heat cooks, then go with the larger chimney (Model 7416 linked above). However, if your needs are the same as those listed above, go ahead and grab one of these now. Leave any questions below and I'd be happy to answer them as quick as I can!
The paper burned out fairly quickly with no real sign of it working. I put my hand over the top and there was a trace amount of heat coming out. Five to seven minutes later, I saw a decent glow coming from the bottom. A few minutes after that and there was a serious fire down inside. I was thoroughly impressed in spite of the three strikes against it. Everything came out glowing and ready to use.
I rarely write such a glowing review but this has me fired up!!
This is the first time I have used a chimney and I was very impressed how well it started the coals. I will never go back to fluid.
Update: I still like this a lot. I still wish it was an inch taller, but it works. I looked at the weber full size chimney, it is massive. Almost as big as my Lodge Sportsman grill. I'll stick with this compact model for this grill.
Tip for easy lighting: Tear the newspaper into 1" wide shreds. Even better, run it through an office shredder. It lights way easier since there is better airflow through the shredded paper. Its harder to get the paper to stay in place though. Roll it in a ball, stuff it under the chimney and hold it in place until you set the chimney in place. Tip it slightly and poke your lighter underneath. Don't tip it too much or your paper will fall out. It lights so much easier.
Update 2: I bought some Weber starter cubes. So much easier than newspaper and way less smokey. Even brief exposure to the newspaper smoke left me smelling like a campfire. One cube gets this chimney roaring in 10-15 minutes.