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    Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    I was looking for an alternative to using chemicals/fuel to start the briquettes/charcoal for cooking with both my folding grill and Dutch Oven

    I researched charcoal chimneys after seeing G wizz's folding charcoal chimney. Most of them that I came across are large 'cylinders' that are very bulky. I came across one similar to Georges, but at $69, it was far more than I was willing to shell out!!

    I resigned myself to building my own, but even the cost of materials was substantial.

    Then while checking out eBay, I came across my solution at a very reasonable price!

    It is as you can see a very compact and light package that performs well. It can even double as a stove/grill, as they include a grill to fit on the top of it. It would be very suitable for those that camp off their bikes!!

    It assembles easily as all the 4 panels (heavy tin type material) are identical (there is no 'right side up'! ) and assemble with 8 thumb screws and wing nuts.
    Assembly instructions are included on the inside of the packaging.
    This is also a fund raiser for a Scout Troop, so not only do I consider it a bargain, I felt good about helping out the Scouts.

    After you assemble the chimney, you load it up with enough briquettes/charcoal for your purpose. The charcoal/briquettes set on top of a dual height adjustable internal grill.
    You then crumple up some paper and place it beneath the charcoal/briquettes, inside the underside of the unit. You then light the edges of the paper and within a couple of minutes, your charcoal/briquettes are lit.
    One word of warning, place the chimney on a non combustible surface as the unit does generate a lot of heat and will ignite a combustible surface it is sitting on if you are not careful!

    After 4 minutes, or so, the charcoal/briquettes are ready to be dumped into your grill, or spread around under/on your Dutch Oven.

    Being so lightweight, it is not made of the most durable materials, but I can see this lasting you for quite a few seasons.
    The only 'negative' I find with it are the 8 wing nuts/thumb screws as they could be easily lost. I double bag them in sealable baggies to help keep them corralled. Might be advisable to pick a few extras up from the local hardware store in case you do loose 1, or 2

    At such a low price, it can't be beat for a fold flat charcoal chimney!


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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Ken, that's an awesome product. You sure can't beat the price and as you said it's helping out the Boy Scouts. Great find. Mike


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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Good looking product, as an old scout leader will have to get a couple.
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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Awesome!!

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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Did the carry bag come with it, or was that something you made?

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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Quote Originally Posted by hparsons View Post
    Did the carry bag come with it, or was that something you made?
    That was something I made, which fits inside the bag I made for my folding Grill I bought from G wizz and my DO stand.
    Keeps all those related things together!
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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    That's pretty cool, I use one of the round ones at home. Will it cook Canadian Bacon?

    Dennis

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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Excellent write-up, Ken. Thanks!


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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    I, also, have a round one that I use at home, but it takes about 20 minutes for the charcoal to be ready to use after lighting the paper. Yours is ready in 4 minutes?

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    Re: Inexpensive, fold flat, Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter/Stove

    Quote Originally Posted by Mango View Post
    I, also, have a round one that I use at home, but it takes about 20 minutes for the charcoal to be ready to use after lighting the paper. Yours is ready in 4 minutes?
    Your right, It usually does take about 20 U.S. minutes for these to work ... but Canadian minutes are different, it only takes 4 Canadian minutes to achieve the same results ...

    Something to do with the metric system they use, me thinks ...

    I've done so much with so little for so long ... Now I can do nearly anything with almost nothing.

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