Place with coals on Weber Lighter Cubes or crumpled newspaper and light
Compact design makes it ideal for smaller grills or shorter grilling sessions
Fits perfectly on Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills
Description: This smaller version of original Rapidfire Chimney Starter lights coals in under 15 minutes without using lighter fluid. Place canister with coals on top of Weber Lighter Cubes or crumpled newspaper and light. It's that easy. Fits perfectly on Smokey Joe and Jumbo Joe charcoal grills.
★★★★★1257 real customer reviews average rating: 4.5 stars (scroll to see all)
5 Stars By CasaDeTrevino on 2013-07-31 Perfect for 18" Kettle and minion method I was hesitant to order another chimney starter after having purchased the weber standard size starter. The standard starter is big and holds about 100 briquettes. This is great if using a full size grill. I however, travel with my 18" Weber and this compact starter is perfect and takes up much less room. I also use it when I only need 10 or so briquettes for slow smoking.
I haven't noticed the handle getting hot because I use gloves when handling these starters and I think everyone should to avoid burns.
I added a photo so people can compare the size difference.
5 Stars By Sakie8015 on 2016-11-16 Exactly what I needed!! This is the perfect chimney for lighting a small numbe of briquettes for those low and slow cooks... One full chimney equates to almost exactly 40 briquettes. In my photos you'll be able to see the comparison between this and the full size chimney. One full compact chimney will fill the full size chimney to about the top hole in the side (prob just under half a chimney). I see myself using this new compact version a LOT more than the full size.
5 Stars By Chip on 2017-06-14 Excellent Product When Used In The Right Context - Read Below! PROS: + Ideal chimney for starting smaller grills and some smokers such as Pit Barrel Cooker, 18" Weber Smokey Mountain, Smokey Joe, etc. + Smaller size is nice for transporting, camping, taking in an RV, etc. + Great for "minion" charcoal starting + Heat guard to protect your hands + No worries about tasting lighter fluid in your food
REVIEW This is the little brother to the larger Weber chimney starter, which was voted by America's Test Kitchen as the best chimney starter. This chimney starter is as good, or better, than any you'll find available and it comes with at a reasonable price. It takes roughly 20 minutes for the charcoal to be ready to dump. If you desire large capacity, high heat cooks, then go with the larger chimney (Model 7416 linked above). However, if your needs are the same as those listed above, go ahead and grab one of these now. Leave any questions below and I'd be happy to answer them as quick as I can!
5 Stars By Michael Cerda on 2013-07-11 Full size chimney starter is just too big EDIT: fixed my calculations for volume
For my grill the easiest way to control the heat (225F for long smokes) is to limit the fuel. I have a full size chimney and found myself only filling it to 1/3 full (33 Kingsford Original briquettes). I decided I wanted half that and found that so few briquettes didn't catch on fire as well. I use the Minion method of using the lit coals to light unlit coals over time. So, the question is does this smaller compact chimney starter work for 15-20 briquettes?
Here are the numbers: The full size chimney starter is 12 inches high, 7.5 inches in diameter. The interior cavity is 9 inches deep. There is an internal grate that provides air space under the charcoal about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom. It's conical in shape but I'm ignoring that; I don't think it makes much difference. Total volume is 126.6 cubic inches (or about 2 liters).
The compact chimney starter is 8 inches high, 5.75 inches in diameter. The cavity is 6.25 inches deep. The total volume is 51.7 cubic inches (or 0.85 liters).
1 full compact chimney starter fills the full chimney starter to 1/3 (33 briquettes as it happens). This is going to be perfect for me. With my usual load of 15 briquettes they didn't even cover the whole bottom of the full sized starter.
I made this measurement because briquettes aren't fluid and don't flow to fill all available space. I was concerned that the briquettes would not pack as well into a smaller volume.
There is some discussion of the compact chimney starter not firing up coals as well. The volume beneath the coal grate that allows air in is smaller than the volume beneath the full size chimney starter. That's obvious. I just lit a 15 briquette load. Fifteen minutes, same as the larger starter. The charcoal in the compact starter is more uniform gray and better started. I think this is because a small load stacks better in the compact starter and you get more of the chimney effect. In the larger starter, they don't even cover the bottom. Since I don't intend to light more than about 33 briquettes I'm better off with the compact starter.
If you need 50 or more briquettes to get your grill going the compact chimney starter is too small for you. If you are invested in the Minion method or in using a charcoal fuse or snake (look it up) then the compact chimney starter might be just what you need.
When I'm doing a long smoke I have to add coals every hour or so. The small chimney is great for adding lit coals to a waning fire. Adding unlit coals produces too much smoke and takes too long to get the temperature back up if it dropped.
2014/08/09: I tried the small chimney starter with lump charcoal and I have to agree with Chris. It is too small for something as irregular as lump charcoal.
5 Stars By Bondebond on 2017-09-27 A great starter for smaller uses! I got this for my dutch oven, which does not require as much charcoal as a grill would so this is the perfect size. I'm not really a charcoal kind of guy before now so consider me a newbie in this regard. I decided to try it out tonight on some old, crumbling Kingsford that someone had given me quite some time ago. I had very low expectations of it actually working. Add to that I didn't have any newspaper so I just used regular office paper from our recycle bin. So I really didn't expect this to work. The paper burned out fairly quickly with no real sign of it working. I put my hand over the top and there was a trace amount of heat coming out. Five to seven minutes later, I saw a decent glow coming from the bottom. A few minutes after that and there was a serious fire down inside. I was thoroughly impressed in spite of the three strikes against it. Everything came out glowing and ready to use. I rarely write such a glowing review but this has me fired up!!
5 Stars By Sara Diane on 2016-06-29 This works very well. I do suggest using newsprint ... This works very well. I do suggest using newsprint (not just any paper, as other papers burn up too quickly, as I found out), and if you are using a full load of briquettes, then consider putting a half sheet of newsprint about halfway up---that seems to get the fire spread a bit quicker and more evenly. Be sure when crumpling your newsprint to leave some air room--if it's wadded up too tight it doesn't burn!
4 Stars By Southplank on 2018-01-04 Good choice for Lodge Sportsman Grill I use this with the Lodge Sportsman Grill. It works well but I wish it were about an inch taller to more easily hold about 6 more coals. The larger chimneys are too wide in diameter to sit flat on the coal grate of the Sportsman Grill. If I am doing a full cook on the grill this is not quite enough coals for my liking. I need to pile the extra few coals above the rim. No biggy but an inch taller would be nice. This is the first time I have used a chimney and I was very impressed how well it started the coals. I will never go back to fluid.
Update: I still like this a lot. I still wish it was an inch taller, but it works. I looked at the weber full size chimney, it is massive. Almost as big as my Lodge Sportsman grill. I'll stick with this compact model for this grill.
Tip for easy lighting: Tear the newspaper into 1" wide shreds. Even better, run it through an office shredder. It lights way easier since there is better airflow through the shredded paper. Its harder to get the paper to stay in place though. Roll it in a ball, stuff it under the chimney and hold it in place until you set the chimney in place. Tip it slightly and poke your lighter underneath. Don't tip it too much or your paper will fall out. It lights so much easier.
Update 2: I bought some Weber starter cubes. So much easier than newspaper and way less smokey. Even brief exposure to the newspaper smoke left me smelling like a campfire. One cube gets this chimney roaring in 10-15 minutes.
3 Stars By bitsy on 2017-05-29 Melted handle This chimney works well enough, but the plastic handle is not heat resistant (not enough anyway) and begins to melt after several uses. Mine is still functional despite the melted handle, but I'm not sure how long it will last.
5 Stars By Hellionz on 2013-06-28 Just a Smaller Version! What more can I say but it works as advertised just as its big brother does what it says it will do. I've submitted two pics.
5 Stars By Lisa V on 2014-12-17 Would recommend! The materials and construction seem quite durable. Most importantly it does the trick to start the coals!