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wingnutt

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Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« on: February 05, 2021, 02:00:06 PM »
Hi All,

For all the gadgets the get a charcoal chimney starter to work faster, I wanted one that didn't require any power or maintenance.  It's a simple chimney for the chimney that takes advantage of the 'stack effect' to force more air through the coals.  I can have working hot coals in 5-8 min, depending on load.

The construction is just a 24" piece of 4" round ducting and an 8" stainless bowl from Wally-world - $12 all in.  Simply set it on top once your newspaper or cubes are lit.

Tbagley

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 02:56:25 PM »
I could see that working, needs a burn proof handle lol.

wingnutt

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 05:37:32 AM »
Yes, a handle is definitely needed.  This is just a prototype to see if it works.

Cellar2ful

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2021, 11:12:23 AM »


You can get the similar results stacking two Weber charcoal chimneys.  Here's a link to a write up using it:

http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/index.php?topic=42794.0
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wingnutt

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2021, 01:43:43 PM »
Yeah, I tried the stacking thing.  This chimney has about 3x to 4x the effect.

wingnutt

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2021, 01:49:02 PM »
Here she is with a 3/4 load and 7 min in.  Glowing and shooting flames out the top.

JEBIV

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2021, 04:40:24 AM »
us boys and their toys LOL
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Skinsfan1311

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2021, 06:17:07 AM »
Interesting.
Just make sure you have a safe spot to stick the chimney "chimney" when the coals are ready, and that it's not close enough to anything flammable, if it tips.  That's a substantial sized piece of blazing hot metal to contend with...
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Darko

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2021, 12:17:55 PM »
One question though?  Is it really that important to have the coals lit in 7 minutes rather than 10 or 14?

bamakettles

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2021, 12:29:42 PM »
One question though?  Is it really that important to have the coals lit in 7 minutes rather than 10 or 14?

Sometimes I like to put a tumbleweed in a pile of coals in the kettle, sit back have a beer or two and watch it smolder up.  Relaxing to me - maybe this is needed for colder climates though.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2021, 12:35:41 PM by bamakettles »

Stoneage

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2021, 12:43:39 PM »
If you look back in my old posts theres a DIY handle kit I added to my smoker that should work for you too.
here:
http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/index.php?topic=45923.msg454673#msg454673
« Last Edit: February 08, 2021, 12:46:49 PM by Stoneage »

Darko

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2021, 03:14:33 PM »
One question though?  Is it really that important to have the coals lit in 7 minutes rather than 10 or 14?

Sometimes I like to put a tumbleweed in a pile of coals in the kettle, sit back have a beer or two and watch it smolder up.  Relaxing to me - maybe this is needed for colder climates though.
Nah, I just have a third(or fourth) beer when it's cold.

Darko

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2021, 03:17:02 PM »
Having said that, Damn right I'm gonna try this... Flames shooting out of a chimney.... I'm in!

wingnutt

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2021, 08:34:18 AM »
Darko - Is it necessary to cut the time down to 5-7 min?  Not always, but it is FUN!  When you need it, you need it.  Ran a full load of Red Oak lump charcoal and it was glowing hot at the 3 min mark!

HoosierKettle

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Re: Chimney Rapid Start Mod - No power needed
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2021, 09:10:24 AM »
I like it. There are times it would be nice to get going quickly


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