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Old 11-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Weber mini chimney? I never knew such a thing existed!

The Better Half dragged me to a hoity-toity home furnishing store this weekend. One of those places that sells a $25 rubber spatula with a smile... When going to such places, my focus is two fold: find the grilling (or guy) stuff and DON'T BREAK ANYTHING. So I mosey back to the small corner dedicated to grilling and what do I see? A mini Weber charcoal chimney. I showed it to my wife and she gave a passing "That's cute" on her way to checking out $12 napkin rings.

My knee-jerk reaction was that it was kind of silly. But then figured it would be a good fit for a Smokey Joe where a full sized chimney would be way too much.

Then I started thinking of my drums. I rarely use more than a dozen or so coals to get my drums up and running. When I start the coals, they barely cover the bottom of the chimney. Because of the conical "spring" in the middle of the chimney, I rarely fill the chimney past the point of the "cone". As a result, the coals around the perimeter ignite, but don't exactly ash over.

A smaller chimney may actually work like a charm, but is it a Man Card violation?
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