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Charcoal And Lump Chimney Starter

By meateater, May 28, 2010 | |
  1. A chimney starter is a economical way to start charcoal and lump charcoal without the use of petroleum based starting fluids. The concept is easy, fill top of the container with your favorite fuel and use newspaper or sheets from the telephone book waded up and placed in the bottom chamber. Light and you will have hot and ready fuel in 10 +/- minutes. One word of caution, place the chimney on your top grate of your grill or smoker and not on the ground or concrete, and always use gloves to handle the hot chimney.


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  1. cornman
    Still relatively new to smoking, but the chimney starter is a must have. Easy to use and quick to start up charcoal. I use newspaper and haven't had an issue yet.
  2. fatbastard09
    I tried a weed burner propane torch for the first time on my last offset cook, will never use anything else.  Took less than a minute to get the chimney going.  And come on, who doesn't love using a flame thrower!!!!
  3. dukes1986
    I have a vertical Briggmann smoker and use a charcoal chimney. Any advice on how to get the hot coals down into the smoker once the coals are ready with out a hot mess?