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Weber's chimney starter makes starting your charcoal a snap.

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Efficient

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Holds a lot of charcoal

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Large grating on bottom

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Handle caught fire

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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. 

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Features

  • Chimney starter system lights charcoal quickly and evenly
  • Made from aluminized steel with a stay-cool thermoplastic handle
  • Holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill
  • Cone bottom ensures a fast start; eliminates need for lighter fluid
  • Measures 7-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 12 inches
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I use it?

    Turn the Chimney Starter over on put in 3 full sheets of newspaper crumbled up in the bottom area where there are vertical slits. Then turn it right side up (as shown in the photo) on your grill (I remove my cooking grate and place it inside the grill) and add Charcoal. Light the newspaper with a match or long lighter and wait until the coals turn GREY. (20-30 minutes) Do not try to cook with them before they all turn grey. Another tip is make sure when you are grilling you open the bottom vents on your grill to allow the air to pass through. This will keep the briquets burning. Also I made the mistake last time of putting in the charcoal first and then I couldn't turn over the Chimney starter (or the charcoal would dump out), but I was able to tilt it enough to add the 3 pieces of crumpled paper. Warning: There is quite a bit of smoke when it first starts burning so make sure you're not down wind.

  • Do you need lighter fluid with this starter? Or is lighter fluid not needed?

    No lighter fluid needed! Just use two crumpled pieces of newspaper (directions are on the label). I was skeptical when I first tried it, but in 15 minutes the coals were red hot. Pour into the grill, then add more coals as needed, and in no time you have plenty of heat.

  • I have a barrel-style grill, but it is larger than a round Weber. Will this chimney be too small for a grill like mine?

    If your grill is very much bigger, you may need two chimney starters.

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