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How to Light a Charcoal Grill with a Chimney Starter

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After people hear about using a charcoal chimney starter, they often are a little puzzled about how to light a charcoal grill with a chimney starter.

One of my readers sent me an email asking me how to use the chimney starter that they just purchased. Well, I use one whenever I grill so I decided that a sequential set of images will tell the story of how to light a charcoal grill with a chimney starter.

The images seen below show how to use a Weber chimney starter step by step or a detailed description of lighting charcoal without lighter fluid. Within each image, there is a description of what is occurring in each step. The grill used in these images is my Weber One Touch Silver kettle grill. The charcoal chimney starter is my Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter and it is the best chimney starter on the market in my opinion. If you are interested in more info on either one of these items just click on their names in blue above.

Step by Step Description of How to Use a Chimney Starter

(Click on any of the images below for a larger view)

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Roll up newspaper for chimney starterPlace newspaper in bottom of charcoal chimney starter
Top down view of charcoal chimney starter with newpaper in bottom.Charcoal chimney starter on the Weber Smokey Joe grill.
Fill charcoal chimney starter with charcoalPlace chimney starter on lower grate of grill
Light rolled up newspaper in bottom section of charcoal chimney starterCharcoal chimney starter ignites
Fire moves up chamber of charcoal chimney starterCharcoal on top with whitish hue
Pour charcoal from charcoal chimney starter into grillLay coals evenly on bottom of charcoal grill

Finally Grilling!
Finally Grilling!

If you want more information on the Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter or the Weber One Touch Silver kettle grill seen in these images just click on their name in blue above. This will bring you to a page on this site that will go into more detail on these quality Weber items and, if you’re interested in making a purchase, a link in which you can do so..

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  • I bought my first in early July 2010. I gave that one to a friend because his starters didn’t compare. I bought myself a new one and in August bought my brother one. I have started natural charcoal, Kingsford briquettes,Pioneer real hickory briquettes, and even hickory wood. This thing is amazing. It will have any charcoal glowing cherry red in 15min. or less. I grill constantly and have only had to restart this chimney once. This thing is a beast!! If you are a charcoal griller,this is a must have. Another quality item from the people at Weber.

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