Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 54
Rated 5 out of 5 by jglasma Bye bye lighter fluid =)
I just used this for the first time yesterday and I really like it. I admit I was skeptical but I read the reviews on here and they're mostly positive. I'd agree with those.
I'm sure most of you who've used charcoal in the past may get annoyed because all the briquettes don't ash over. With this, they do. Plus no more lighter fluid taste, which I'm sure is healthier. It's really easy to use too, crumple 3 pages of newspaper up and stuff them in the bottom, place in grill, then light the newspaper through the holes on the bottom. 10-15 mins later, pour them out. The handle is wooden with heat shielding that is adequate. This is a great value for $9.97 and will last for years. It'll probably outlast my $20 grill I got at wal-mart lol.
Rated 5 out of 5 by BOOBOOTHEBEAR finally tried this
well after many , many, many ( you get the point ) years of starting my charcoal grill with lighter fluid ( the only way i knew how ) i finally decided to try one of these things -- i made the best chicken legs i have ever made !!!!!
it might have taken 5 minutes longer than using fluid but there was no lighter fluid after taste --- simply put - i will never use lighter fluid again !!! and it is more environmentally friendly
Rated 5 out of 5 by fatmcrat Worth more that what you pay for it!!!
This thing may say 15-20 minutes before you put in your grill but you won't need that long. I was smoking boston butts and temp wasn't getting high enough. I ran to Wally World and bought this puppy and now my smoker is exactely where it needs to be. I crammed in the newspapers and 3-4 handfuls of charcoal and within 6-7 minutes the charcoal was glowing. I would have spent more than 9.97 on this thing, cauz its well worth it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by AverageJosephine Amazing Product
I bought my husband this item over 5 years ago on a summer clearance sale. He laughed at it and didn't use it for along time-until he ran out of lighter fluid. We have used nothing else since. Use one at home, keep one in the camper, and have even given them to family members as gifts. We grill 9 months out of the year, at least three times a week, and we are still using the original chimney I purchased. I have bought a couple more and stashed away just in case they stop selling them.
Rated 5 out of 5 by biacs No longer a skeptic
I read the reviews and was still skeptical about this product but now that I have one I regret waiting so long. I was amazed at how fast it got the coals going. My doubt was just that it was such a simple design and didn't use an accelerant such as lighter fluid. I put two pieces of paper crumpled in half moon shapes each, lit a couple places through the holes and within 15 minutes I had a white hot chimney with really RED coals inside. It would be a value at twice the price, no more lighter fluid aftertaste if you cook too soon, no more wind blowing out your flames.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Parus55 Not the best chimney starter...
This particular model is lacking in several areas, first and foremost, charcoal capacity. 4 qts of briquettes just isn't enough for most of my grilling. I end up crowding my food too closely together! The second thing missing are ventilation holes around the upper chamber where the charcoal sits. I've used this model for years, but am ready to replace it with the Weber Rapidfire, which holds 6 qts. of charcoal, and has more ventilation holes, reducing the wait time until the coals are ready to use.
Bottom line...this model is "okay," but not the best chimney starter out there. The Weber model is only a few bucks more. Go for it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by wildfiregramps How did I get by without one!
This is an awsome product! Don't know how I grilled without one. Well I do lighter fluid taste and a lot of half burned bricket's!
I have seen them on TV and figured $40 or $50 buck's. Ok I don't grill that much.
Happened to walk down the right isle in our local Walmart. Less than $10.00 (before taxes)! Yep in the cart!
The one thing I have found with useing it is that if good charcoal is used-Newspaper work's great! If you are haveing problem's getting the Charcoal lit it is probably the charcoal!
Try useing Construction Paper or a few dry twig's in the bottom. I think they burn a bit hotter.
As for the value $5 buck's plus for lighter fluid! Less than $10.00 for this! On top of that no lighter fluid taste! Out of 5 star's I give this a 10!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Browno Great for windy days!
Right now at the start of spring the days start to warm up, but there is a lot of wind. I had problems getting my coals hot enough recently until I remembered I had seen this product on Walmart.com. I went looking or it in store and, to my surprise, it was the exact same price as the website (9.97). I must say, it paid for itself in the first use. I filled it 2/3 full, scrunched 2 rings of newspaper in the bottom (to allow for airflow) and within 10 minutes the coals were toasty red hot.
For anyone who cooks with coals, this is a worthwhile product. It should come with all grills.
Rated 5 out of 5 by sixelliott Don't use anything else
I can't imagine anyone using lighter fluid on charcoal when they have this on the market. It is faster than lighter fluid and so much better for the grilling flavor. It's inexpensive and works for years and years. If you don't have one, buy one.
Rated 5 out of 5 by margi619 Can't believe I never heard of this!
This is a great product. I will never use lighter fluid again to start a fire. Just stuff some paper in the bottom, pour charcoal in the top, light a match to the paper and in 15-20 minutes it's ready to go. Greatest thing since the microwave! (Probably was around before then)
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheByrds Happy! Never using fluid to start my grill again!
We bought this today and used it right away. It worked perfectly. Coals were ready in about 15 minutes. If you don't have a "Chimney Starter", you should definitely invest in one! It only cost $10 and is so worth it! It's easy to use, lights your charcoal, and you never have to use fluid to start your grill again!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Volunteerstate Worth it!
Works exactly as expected every time. You can count on hot coals in 15 minutes, sometimes less. depending on how much coal you are using.
Rated 5 out of 5 by miselaineous13 So easy.
I was surprised at how well the wood started in this starter. I'll never go back to lighter fluid.
Rated 5 out of 5 by labnick Awesome!
Bought this based on reviews and love it! Worth every penny. Love that we will never need to use lighter fluid again. Coals are ready quickly!
Rated 5 out of 5 by NYCitygrl Great product
Glad I listened to the reviews! All of the positive ones were correct. Totally worth it! You will not be disappointed. Great and foolproof way to get your barbecue started, especially if you're a newbie like me!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jmiller4483 Must Have!
This item is a must have if you are a true charcoal griller. It eliminates lighter fluid and the food tastes much better. Don't hesitate to buy this item!
Rated 5 out of 5 by westbaypark awesome starter
This chimney starter is awesome. I would recommend this product to anybody that is charcoaling. No need for lighter fluid makes this product a must have. Charcoal is ready in about 20 mins. ENJOY
Rated 4 out of 5 by wowfactor as advertised
works, easy, quick, no lighter fluid
Rated 5 out of 5 by mvenza Best thing since sliced bread! This thing was awesome and lives up to the hype. I will be buying another one next time I run into Wal-Mart. Just because for my grill one chimney isn't enough coals and I would like to light two chimneys at one time.
Easy to use just takes half a page of newspaper stuffed into the bottom and one match to light and wait for the coals to turn gray and dump it in the pit. A must buy for anyone and everyone that still loves charcoal grills!
Rated 5 out of 5 by teacup2u wow!!
I had never even heard of this product and could not believe it would really work. It is so fantastic that I will never use lighter fluid again.!!!!!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrianCRX90 must have for smoker/bbq enthusists
Never use lighter fluid again since the fluid from it can get in your meat and ruin the flavor.
I have used this for my smokers and have had great success with it. I suggest using newspapers crumbled, put the starter on top of it and mix in charcoal and wood chunks together. Light all the holes with a cooking lighter or long match. I would suggest putting in straight on the firebox or you can make a mess on your patio.
I have found though the fire may go out so I take small strips of newspaper once I got it going and stick small pieces of more newspaper with a stick in it. After 10 or 15 minutes should be fine to dump in the firebox. Will take another 15 minutes more or less to get the temp up close to 200 degrees in a smoker.
Rated 5 out of 5 by suz301 Better than sliced bread
I'd rather slice bread then mess with charcoal and this thing is awesome! I've always tried to avoid lighter fluid for the taste more than anything, but never had much luck avoiding it completely. I've used it 1/4 full, half full, and 3/4 full. I've used as little as 1/2 sheet of newspaper. It works perfectly every time! It is very worth the price. You CAN taste lighter fluid. If you think you can't, have some fun this summer and do a taste test using this thing, and lighter fluid with a different batch. I guess you need a friend with another grill for this, but who doesn't have at least one BBQ a summer anyway?? Plus - times are tough these days so BBQ's can double as a pot luck with the sides (cheap fun/entertainment for lots of people)! Add some brews and do a taste test! The fluid SEEPS into your meats! In any case, I personally love it and am very very happy with purchase!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rick78 Works as advertised. 2 pcs. of newspaper, and 20 minutes- ready to cook.
Worried about the wood handle though.I painted mine so it will weather better.
Rated 5 out of 5 by eastnassauguyz qucik start
Works like a charm
Rated 5 out of 5 by countrymikefl Best thing since fire
Absolutely the best thing for outdoor cooking since fire.Lights charcoal quickly,evenly, and completely every time.
Rated 5 out of 5 by markstheshark no lighter fluid smell
10-15 min after lighting the paper the coals are ready to cook on. Awesome tool should have gotten it years ago.
Rated 5 out of 5 by BabbsW At Last!
I've finally found the way to make a fast startup for my charcoal with zero use of lighter fluid. In 15 minutes, I balled up newspaper, stuffed it in the lower chamber, charcoal in the upper, lit the paper, and that was that. The coals were white, smoking and ready to go. Depending on amount/quality of charcoal, it make take from 10 to less than 20 minutes.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous02 Easy and efficient.
Heats the coals without needing lighter fluid. Big time saver.
Rated 5 out of 5 by saywhat09 Great
Makes grilling faster and better!!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dressy Worked Great
This made lighting charcoal much easier. I was skeptical when I first heard of this product, but others I trusted said it worked great. When we received this, we tried it immediately. After lighting, the coals were ready to go in about 10 minutes compared to the 30-40 it usually takes. My only concern is after the first use the starter has some discoloration around the main section where the coals are placed and lit. I think this may be normal for this product, but I haven’t seen any other used starters to know for certain.