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5.0 out of 5 stars The gold standard in chimney starters, April 13, 2008
This review is from: Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter (Lawn & Patio)
This is the absolute best way to get your grill going. Unlike the little chimneys sold at Lowe's, this holds a lot of charcoal, enough to fill an entire kettle grill, and the airflow through it is very efficient. Two sheets of newspaper and a match, and your briquettes will be ready to go in 10-15 minutes.

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?
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Initial post: Jun 8, 2009 1:16:15 PM PDT
Derbydano says:
Paul,
I totally agree with your review. I was wondering about that grill you are using in the photos. I've not seem that model before. What is it?
Thanks,
Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2009 5:57:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 7, 2009 5:59:29 PM PDT
That's a Char-Griller with a side firebox added.

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 2:44:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2011 2:44:47 PM PDT
Joshua SoS says:
Lowe's has this same chimney and it's cheaper.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2011 4:54:09 PM PDT
They certainly didn't three years ago.

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 5:57:38 PM PDT
mrtt says:
Lowe's has the exact same thing for the exact same price.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 12:12:54 PM PDT
Daddy Duayne says:
I'd highly advise getting this one and don't take the chance that the Lowe's look-alike is made of thinner, less rust-resistant metal and non-conical wire bottom inside.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 2:59:25 PM PDT
Happy Cook says:
I totally agree as well. A tip for you though, look up Timburn and use their fire starting system to light your chimney and you will be grilling in 15 minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2014 8:53:54 PM PDT
Daddy Duayne says:
I swear by these, myself: Rutland Safe Lite Fire Starter Squares, 144-Square

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 9:12:18 AM PDT
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