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Charcoal Chimney Starters

Grill Grate Lifter by Steven Raichlen
Hardwood handle with ergonomic grip and heat shield
Price: $22.99 Sale Price: $18.99
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Charcoal Chimney Starter 5 Pound Capacity
5 Pound Capacity
Zinc finish
Price: $16.99 Sale Price: $15.99
Folding Charcoal Chimney Starter
7 Pound Capacity
Folds flat for easy storage
Price: $28.99 Sale Price: $25.99
Charcoal Chimney Grill Starter
Hardwood Handle
Heat Shield
Price: $16.99 Sale Price: $14.99
Charcoal Chimney Starter Maverick
Large 7 pound Capacity
Comfortable easy to control handle
Price: $31.99 Sale Price: $26.99
Ultimate Charcoal Chimney Starter
Huge 8.5 Pound Capacity
**Product Demo Video**
Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $26.99
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What is a charcoal chimney? A charcoal chimney is the easiest and most reliable way to light your charcoal. Basically a charcoal chimney is a metal tube that accelerates the charcoal lighting process by confining and directing the heat upward.

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A charcoal chimney is a simple device that only has a few basic parts. First is the outer metal tube (some are square and the high tech version is an inverted V shape), this tube is solid at the top and has holes on the bottom. The holes allow your starting material (typically newspaper) to be lit and sucks in the air when the charcoal begins to burn. The solid top end traps and channels the heat upward, allowing the heat from the starting material to light the lower coals. The heat from the lit lower coals light the coals above them.

Inside the tube is a metal plate with holes in it. This plate separates the coals from the newspaper and keeps the charcoal from falling out the bottom. Finally is the handle. Used for carrying and pouring out the hot coals.

To use a charcoal chimney: Simply fill the top of the chimney with your charcoal, stuff a couple of sheets of loosely crumpled up newspaper in the bottom, light the newspaper and in 20 to 30 minutes you will have perfectly lit coals ready to pour into you barbecue. The coals are ready to go when the smoke goes from white to clear. White smoke means all of the coals are not hot yet. If pouring hot coals onto more charcoal the white smoke will reappear until those coals heat up as well.