This is amazing .... No effort starting the charcoal grill , I wish i purchased this a long time ago . I have used it a few times and i love it
June 27, 2011
most helpful 1-2 star review
2 of 5 stars
A few serious flaws
It's an okay chimney starter, just beware of these three major flaws:1. The black finish is a very thin paint that will flake off on the very first use. As the charcoal is "prepping" flakes of this paint will f ...
[...] We just bought it today and the paint immediately flaked off and went everywhere. We used it to start lump charcoal too. Perhaps the heat is too intense. Either way, it's a serious design flaw, the paint should never have been added.
There are warnings against using lighter fluid,instant lighting briquets, or gasoline, it DOES NOT warn against using lump charcoal. Hmm.
[...] I'm not overly concerned by this flaw, but I rather have spent more money to
get one that would last more than a few uses.
It's an okay chimney starter, just beware of these three major flaws:1. The black finish is a very thin paint that will flake off on the very first use. As the charcoal is "prepping" flakes of this paint will float everywhere. I'm wondering why they didn't just leave it as bare metal.2. The handle gets VERY hot, that you will most likely need an oven mitt to empty the charcoal. The little "shield" that is supposed to protect the handle, doesn't.3. Th
e rivets that attach the inner "screen" to the walls of the chimney were burnt apart after two summers' of uses. They literally got burnt completely off.I've used this chimney only for two summers, to start approximately a total of 10-15 fires before it became unusable due to the inner screen falling off.Note: I used this to start lump charcoal, not briquets. Lump charcoal supposedly burns hotter, so perhaps this chimney starter wasn't designed for the higher heat. This starter was also stored outside, exposed to the elements, so it's possible that a combination of the intense heat and elements cause the premature failure.
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