Best chimney starters
7 best chimney starters you can use for your barbecue
Charcoal is the most commonly available fuel for your barbecue grill. However, burning up your cooker or barbecue can be a tedious task if you are using charcoal as the fuel. It does take quite a considerable amount of time for the flames to appear. Here is where the chimney starter comes to the fore in helping you jump-start the burning process. When it comes to using charcoal as a source of combustion, the chimney starter is an effective add-on. A chimney starter, also known as a charcoal chimney, is a gadget that is used to set fire to either charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal depending on the form of charcoal fuel used. For those who are just starting to learn about grilling or barbecuing using charcoal, I will give some idea about what is a chimney starter. As the name indicates, it helps to start or boost (when you need to cook the food for a long time) the fire inside a grill or smoker. It accentuates the regular flame that usually comes out while burning charcoal, thus helping in achieving higher temperatures and complete the combustion process in a shorter span of time.
|Best chimney starters Reviews|
|Image||Item||Features||Make & Model||Rating||Summary||Price|
|SIMPA® Large Chimney Charcoal Coal Starter BBQ Coal Fire Fast Lighter Grill Quick Start Galvanised Steel Camping Fire Ignition Lighter Coal Fuel Burner Lighting Kit Square 27cm (H) x 22cm (W)||simpa|
( 12 reviews )
|Weber Chimney Starter||Weber|
( 462 reviews )
|AMOS Charcoal Chimney Grill Barbecue BBQ Charcoal Briquettes Charcoal Quick Starter Galvanised Steel Camping Barbecue Lighting Kit with Heat Shield Safety Handle and Thermoplastic Handle||AMOS|
( 125 reviews )
( 9/10 )
|Bruzzzler Charcoal Starter with Safety Handle, Quick Start Barbecue Chimney Starter Ready in Just 20 Minutes Ideal for Camping & Grilling, 31 x 19.5 x 30.5 cm||Bruzzzler|
( 70 reviews )
|Recommended by many|
( 8.8/10 )
|Parkland® Charcoal Chimney Grill Barbecue BBQ Charcoal Briquettes Charcoal Quick Starter Galvanised Steel Camping Barbecue Lighting Kit with Heat Shield Safety Handle and Thermoplastic Handle (17")||Parkland|
( 37 reviews )
|GFTIME Chimney Starter with Safety Handle Charcoal Lighter Burning Column 30cm H & 19CM DIA with Stainless Steel Mini Round Grid, Fire Grate in 22.86CM DIA||GFTIME||Not enough reviews to accurately rate this product.||Not enough reviews to accurately rate this product.|
A typical chimney starter is a cylindrical gadget that usually has three sections – a grate, portion below the grate which is the source of fire, and the portion above the grate where you put the charcoal. In most of the chimney starters, the grate will be conical in shape to make the burning process fast. Let me remind you that you may see chimney starters that are not cylindrical as well, but they are not so popular. The chimney starter can be easily brought into operation by placing a burning piece of paper underneath the grate. The ensuing flames rise through the grate and cause the charcoal to burn. Ideally, it would not take more than twenty minutes to get this up and running. Depending on the temperature that you require you can use either charcoal briquette or lump charcoal. For higher temperatures in excess of 500 F, use charcoal lumps. Actually, using charcoal lumps you can achieve temperatures as high as 700 F. Else, for regular temperatures less than 500 F, briquettes would be more than sufficient.
The regular mode of operation would be to just start the fire below the grate and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes till the flames come out from the top through the charcoal. You need to wait till the charcoal briquettes turn grey before pouring them into the cooker. All the chimney starter manufacturers add an insulated handle for the starter so that customer’s hands are safe from burning. You can use gloves if you are still not sure about that. When you buy a chimney starter make sure the handle is made of metal insulated with heat resistant material. I do not have to explain why you should avoid wooden handles.
Let us take a look at some of the basics before starting the shopping. For any product or tools you buy for your cooker the size is important. Here, by size, I meant the amount of charcoal briquettes you can burn up in one go. Larger grills need more charcoal to start cooking. The more the ventilation the faster the charcoal burning process will be. So look for a starter that has enough ventilation in the bottom and sides. Unpainted models will be the best choice. One can understand that the surface of the chimney starter will be very hot and only high-temperature specialist paints can withhold that much heat.
Without wasting much time let us start with some of the best chimney starters in the market today. You can buy one that satisfies your needs.
Weber Chimney starter (Model: 7416)
Weber is different from other models because it has more ventilation at the bottom where you start the flame. The rectangular openings at the bottom of the cylinder make it easier for the user to lit up the paper. The handle has two parts one is for holding the chimney and the other is to help in pouring the burning charcoal into the cooker. The dimensions are 19 x 19 x 30.5 centimetres (LxDxH) and is ideal for the kettle barbecue. Being said that this can also be used to start the fire in a much larger grill. Topping up with charcoal is easier since the chimney will be very hot because the material used to make is aluminium. So the interesting facts about the Weber chimney starter are:
- More ventilation
- Two handles to control pouring the burned briquettes
- Heats up faster
- Easy to light up just using pieces of newspapers
- Topping up is faster than the first burning
GFTIME chimney starter
The package from the GFTIME includes a grille with the chimney starter. The grill makes the chimney starter pack a mini barbecue grill that can be carried around with you. When you are out for a trip this grill will help you a lot in enjoying the trip. Since this product is made of stainless steel the question of rusting is out which gives it durability. Customers love this product because of the following reasons:
- 30 centimetres high
- Can load up the grills faster
- The grille makes this product a mini barbecue grill
Bruzzzler charcoal chimney starter
The second handle of the charcoal starter makes the pouring of charcoal easy and safe. The dimensions are 31 x 19.5 x 30.5 (LxDxH). The starter is made of steel and hence it is corrosion resistant. The starter cylinder is unpainted so it is easy to clean also. Since the grate is cone-shaped the charcoal ignites evenly and you just have to pour it directly into your cooker. The peculiarities of this chimney starter are:
- Steel is the material used
- Durable and corrosion free
- Two handle design
- Can easily start the fire
AMOS charcoal chimney starter
The safety guard, the metal handle and the thermoplastic handle make this chimney starter a safe option for the beginners. The galvanised steel used to make this chimney is strong and durable. You can put 2.8 Kg of charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal at a time which is enough for most of the barbecues. The AMOS chimney starter gives a product that has the below features.
- Strong and sturdy
- Does not put a hole in your pocket
- Meets all the safety standards
- Dimensions are 30.5 x 30 x 19 centimetres (HxWxD)
- Thermoplastic handle with safety guard
Parkland charcoal grill chimney starter
Because of the unique structure, it may take some time to heat up the charcoal. The handle also is different from other models. This does not come with a second handle however the heat shield and thermoplastic handle are present. The reasons why I included this product in this list are:
- It costs less than 10 pounds
- Easy to use and clean
- The ventilation holes are bigger
- Dimensions are 30.5 x 30 x 19 centimetres (HxWxD)
SIMPA large charcoal chimney starter
The handle design also is different but you do get a second handle that makes the charcoal pouring safe and easy. The starter is made of galvanised steel. You do not have to worry about barbecue when you go out camping. The large chimney starter from SIMPA is the best choice if you camp often. Collapsing and assembling the chimney is easy and does not take much space in your car. Points to be noted before you buy this chimney starter.
- It is portable
- Does not take much space to store
- Comes with extra grill for barbecuing
- Square in shape
- Easy and safe to use
- Takes up to 20 minutes to heat up
These are the best and unique products in the chimney starter category. Hope this helped you in making a decision. Happy shopping!