6 Best Chimney Starters | April 2017
For all you old-school traditionalists out there who prefer to use charcoal when cooking up a backyard feast, but who get impatient during the long wait for the coals to get hot enough to start slinging steaks onto the grill, here's a handy solution. These chimney starters hold enough charcoal to get any barbecue going in as fast as just seven minutes. Skip to the best chimney starter on Amazon.
The Stok Rapid features a battery powered blower fan designed to prepare your charcoal for the grill faster. The fan is detachable, so you can also use it to stoke the coals from above. It works with three AAA batteries that are included.
- comfortable, ergonomic handle
- works in just seven minutes
- goes through batteries fast
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
The efficient Broil King Imperial is especially designed to use the Venturi effect to light two pounds of charcoal without starter fluid within five to ten minutes. You simply place a sheet of crumpled newspaper in the base and light.
- high density resin handle
- heavy duty stainless steel
- more expensive than similar chimneys
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
The OUTXPRO Charcoal Chimney lights coals evenly and quickly, so that you can be ready to grill in as little as fifteen minutes. This attractive canister is treated with durable, heat-resistant paint and has a comfortable hardwood handle.
- holds about 4 lbs of charcoal
- heat shield protects hands from burns
- needs more vent holes
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The best-selling Weber Rapidfire holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2 inch kettle grill. The cone-shaped bottom helps to ensure a fast start without lighter fluid, but the grate at the bottom is wide enough to allow small pieces of charcoal to fall out.
- stay-cool thermoplastic handle
- made from aluminized steel
- durable and rust resistant
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
The Steven Raichlen Ultimate is the largest chimney starter on the market, with a seven pound capacity. The Bakelite handle stays cool and there is an additional flip-up handle to provide extra stability and control when pouring hot embers.
- perfect for longer grilling times
- environmentally safe
- square shape makes it easy to pour
|Brand||Steven Raichlen Best of|
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
The Amos BBQ features a safety guard between the handle and the chimney to keep charcoal and high temperatures from reaching your hand. It has side holes to maintain air circulation throughout the unit and not just at the top and base.
- large 2.8 kg capacity
- conical grate encourages circulation
- suitable for all types of charcoal
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|