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  • While getting my grill ready for a nice barbecuing session, a friend of mine noticed that I didn’t have a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid nearby, and asked where it was at
  • In my case, I prefer the Rapidfire Chimney Starter made by Weber
  • It has a large handle on it that is heat resistant, so I don’t have a problem with putting it in or taking it out of the grill, even when it’s hot and I’m about to pour the coals out
  • If you cook with real wood coal and don’t have a Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter, then I’d recommend you get one as soon as you can because it makes starting your grill a breeze—and at less than $15, it’s not going to hurt your wallet

    • by GAVD
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      While getting my grill ready for a nice barbecuing session, a friend of mine noticed that I didn’t have a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid nearby, and asked where it was at. I replied that I don’t use regular briquettes, such as Kingsford charcoal, so I don’t need lighter fluid. He asked what I used and I said, “Real charcoal”. He then said that he had heard real charcoal is hard to light and keep lit. And he was right—if you don’t have the correct tool for the job, which is a chimney starter. In my case, I prefer the Rapidfire Chimney Starter made by Weber.

      Ordinarily, when you try to light real wood coal for a grill it takes forever to just get an ember. It then takes the extra day to get it to stay lit, and the requisite miracle after that to get it to spread to the other coals. In short, it’d be


      a good idea to have several pizzas and plenty of drinks, and maybe even a home cooked dish or two, on hand while you wait for the wood coals to start. That’s the reason behind the invention of charcoal briquettes, which light and burn fast (with the help of lighter fluid); they aren’t made from real wood coals.

      But with a chimney starter such as the Weber Rapidfire, you will have burning, red hot, real wood coals ready to put in your grill within 5 minutes. The Weber Rapidfire is very easy to use, and it’s one of the necessities for grilling as far as I’m concerned. All I have to do is fill the upper part with wood coals, and then crumple some newspaper or place some starter sticks in the bottom, put it in the grill (you can also put it on a couple of cinder blocks or a large, flat stone), light the bottom, and walk away.


      • That’s it, job done. It has a large handle on it that is heat resistant, so I don’t have a problem with putting it in or taking it out of the grill, even when it’s hot and I’m about to pour the coals out. When it’s ready, I simply put my gloves on for safety, and then pour the red hot coals into my grill, and I’m cookin’!

        The construction of the Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter is pretty solid (it’s made of steel), and as much as I’ve used mine I don’t see any distortion. It’s fairly big as well, being at least a foot tall and about 8 inches in diameter; I have no problem filling a 22 inch grill with the right amount of coal with one chimney full. And it really does do the job with real wood coal chunks—I’ve never met a piece of wood coal my Weber Rapidfire wouldn’t light. Best of all, the

        design doesn’t require that you use some type of liquid accelerant such as lighter fluid to keep the fire going; it’s got a cone design that lends a venturi effect to the flame underneath, which pulls the heat from bottom to top, which is why the design is so efficient.

        If you cook with real wood coal and don’t have a Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter, then I’d recommend you get one as soon as you can because it makes starting your grill a breeze—and at less than $15, it’s not going to hurt your wallet. If you want to try wood coal in your grill, get the Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter with your bag of coal—you’ll be glad you did because your coals will be up and burning in minutes instead of hours, and your food will taste a whole lot better!

        Pros: Light Affordable Extremely easy to use Good capacity Doesn’t require any lighter fluid Coals will be ready in 10 minutes or less

        Cons: None that I can think of




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