How do they work
and why are they so great?
First of all, the Rapidfire Chimney Starter has a very simple design. It’s basically a hollow metal cylinder with holes on both ends, a small wire grate inside, and a set of handles to hold the starter and to pour the charcoal.
Using one couldn’t be easier. You can use either newspaper or lighter cubes to get the coals going. Newspaper works great, but nothing beats a lighter cube. They even work in the rain! I prefer to use two at a time to get the coals burning even faster.
Easy step by step instructions
you can do this!
Once the burning coals have been arranged to your liking, set the cooking grate back into place, put the lid on, and once the grill has heated up sufficiently you’ll be all set to cook. It should take about 10-15 minutes to reach 500-550°F, at which point the grill is considered pre-heated. Now, adjust your lid and bowl dampers to achieve the cooking temperature you desire.
Also, remember to put that Chimney Starter somewhere safe once you’ve poured the coals into the grill, you don’t want pets or guests bumping into it while it’s still hot.
For those of you with a Weber Performer (with gas assisted electronic ignition) the Chimney Starter can be used in conjunction with the Touch and Go™ electronic ignition system to get the coals going even faster. To do so, all the previously mentioned instructions apply, just make sure the Chimney Starter is placed directly above the burner tube, and follow the Touch and Go electronic ignition instructions.