Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
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- Chimney starter system lights charcoal faster and easier
- Durable aluminized steel construction
- Stay cool thermoplastic handle adds safety
- Holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill
- Greatly reduces the amount of time it takes for coals to get ready
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|Item Dimensions||12.7 x 8.2 x 13.2 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||7416|
|Shipping Weight||3.35 pounds|
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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?
Chefs, start your grills. You can have red-hot coals in a matter of minutes by following three steps: load your coals into this aluminized steel chimney starter, light a fire, and place the starter over the fire. The Weber chimney starter is extra large, holding enough briquettes for indirect or direct fire on a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill. A stay-cool thermoplastic handle and a wire foldout handle let you move the starter safely. --Rhonda Langdon
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I've owned a few different chimney starters over the years and just never could get them to work reliably. I always ended up going back to lighter fluid. Yes, it stinks and it's expensive and it can ruin the taste of your meal if you don't let the charcoal burn down for a long time but it worked every time. Those Brand X chimney starters didn't always get the charcoal going.
The Weber is larger and the design is well thought-out. Instead of a few holes in the bottom of the charcoal section, it has a grate. And the grate is kind of reverse-cone shaped so more charcoal comes in contact with the burning newspaper. The result--it lights pretty much perfectly every time. All it takes is two broadsheet pages of newpaper stuffed in the bottom. That's two broadsheets--the equivalent of eight pages of your morning newspaer. You can also use paper towels--they create less ash. If you want, you can lightly spray the newpaper or towels with a little Pam or the like. That's gets the paper to burning quickly.
Don't bother with those small, poorly designed, no-name (or even big-name) chimney starters you see around. The Weber is the one to get.
Yep, 2 sheets of newspaper and in less than 10 minutes my charcoal was glowing pink. Unbelievable? Believe it! This baby is worth every penny, and more.
Footnote: disregard all the hype about using mesquite or hickory instead of normal charcoal. I tried it the first time and the wood got so overheated it literally started popping apart, unleashing clouds of hot embers...luckily I don't live in a dry climate like southern California or it could've easily had some very nasty consequences.
You should only need a page or two of a newspaper and a single match to light the chimney. If you don't have newspaper, just use some scrap paper. Just make sure that the paper wad is thick (so that it burns long enough to catch the coals on fire) and loosely wadded (for properly air flow).
To top it all off, this one is well designed and well built. The handle, the breathing holes, the cone shaped screen on bottom are perfectly designed from years of trial and error to get the job done fast and easily. THIS ONE JUST WORKS BETTER.
The Weber 87886 is the large one. The Weber 7416 is the smaller one -- It is o.k. to save the $ and get the smaller one if you have a hibachi or small charcoal grill. But if you have the Weber 22 1/2 then get the large 87886 model.
You need to be careful when pouring the red-hot charcoal out of the starter, as sometimes coals will fall out when you pick it up (I use hardwood charcoal, and the pieces vary widely in size... The small ones can slip through the grate). Also, as you'd expect it gets pretty hot... So I use gloves when pouring out the coals.
My only complaint is aesthetic... Why not a hardwood handle? In fact, this applies to most Weber products... The switch to the gray plastic handles was a horrible idea.