May 27, 2013
People are mistaken that a charcoal grill takes too long to get ready
A number of years ago, I lived in the Los Angeles area, and the SCAQMD (better air people) was trying to get people to stop using charcoal lighting fluid, as it is not the best for air quality. In conjunction with Kingsford they were subsidizing Kingsford's chimney starter, and I purchased one for about $2, and I got a number of good years out of it. It had drawbacks, such as burning the hair of whichever arm you were pouring with, the wooden handle was not very weather resistant, and the grate for the charcoal was thin, with the attachment point rusting out within a year. Eventually it split at the riveted seam, and I asked for another for Christmas, and Santa (Martha) was kind enough to get me this Weber chimney. It solved the hair burned off arm problem with the rotating handle, held almost twice as much, the charcoal grate much heavier, and the attachment point for the grate were also a lot better. I have been using mine for many years, and even now that I am in Houston and it does get left out in the rain, it still has many years left.
Now to the the mis-informed who are under the impression that a charcoal grill takes too long to get ready, with this chimney I can be ready to grill on my Smokey Joe in as few as 10 minutes, and using it filled to the brim for my Silver 22.5 I can be grilling in no more than 15-20 minutes.
Nowhere near the 30-40minutes it used to take the carefully piled pyramid of coals and half can of lighter fluid.