June 22, 2014
Needs a bigger brother
As far as chimneys go, this is a good one. It's made with a solid, heavy gauge body, sturdy handle and grab loop for pouring out briquettes. The heavy wire "basket" the coals sit on top of allows more flame from burning newspapers to ignite the briquettes, and the area for the newspaper is larger than most, so better chance the coals will light the first time.
My only complaints are that it really needs to come in a larger size. Maybe that would make it too heavy to safely pour out the hot coals, but there are times I need to fire up a smaller one to have enough coals to spread out in a full size kettle. Also, with all these types of lighting chimneys, by the time the ones on the top are getting started, the ones on the very bottom are starting to disintegrate, and you end up with a mass of some almost out coals mixed with ones just right, and some just getting started. Maybe taper it at the bottom like other designs I've seen?
I would love to see a chimney with an electric element that has a loop at the bottom, and a rod that rises through the middle to get the whole party started at once. Heating element might not be able to handle the stress, or be too expensive, but Weber needs to work on that ;-).