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Old 11-18-2013, 12:40 PM   #16
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This is my solution for smaller cooks.
A 1 lb. coffee can that sits inside the larger chimney.
Just fill the coffee can and light as usual.



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Old 11-18-2013, 01:00 PM   #17
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It has similar proportions, so I'm pretty sure. I can take some measurements tonight if you like...
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:06 PM   #18
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This is my solution for smaller cooks.
A 1 lb. coffee can that sits inside the larger chimney.
Just fill the coffee can and light as usual.



May have to give this a try! I've done the upside down full sized chimney a few times and for whatever reason, just haven't had much luck with it. Seems like every time I try it, the newspaper burns up and "falls" down in the chimney before the coals are adequately lit.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:24 PM   #19
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May have to give this a try! I've done the upside down full sized chimney a few times and for whatever reason, just haven't had much luck with it. Seems like every time I try it, the newspaper burns up and "falls" down in the chimney before the coals are adequately lit.
buy the weber cubes. One fits nicely at the bottom of the cone ;)
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:50 PM   #20
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How do you guys light your chimney? Newspaper, cubes, torch??? I had an electric element and it lasted like 2 times before it melted. lol Probably should have been paying better attention.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:53 PM   #21
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My progression went like this:

- newspaper (lots of flaky ash that the wind would carry...didn't always light the charcoal well)
- newspaper coated in oil (still lots of flaky ash but did better at lighting the charcoal)
- paper towels soaked in oil (less ash and more fine...less prone to wind drifting)
- Weber starter cubes (I don't plan to stray from this...they work perfect every time, IME)
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:54 PM   #22
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nice tool to have in the collection
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:25 PM   #23
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I used to use news paper before the Performers

Now i use my propane assist on my Weber performers to light everything.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:10 PM   #24
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We use one of these while competing all the time.
The regular size chimney starter is too big to fit in the Jambo door.
THIS one, however, works nicely.


In general, I thought it was pretty much a waste of more money originally.
My thought was, "If I want to light less charcoal, I don't need a smaller chimney to do that."

True enough.

BUT, never thought that my "standard sized" one would be too big, but it is indeed (at least for lighting the Jambo).
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We use one of these while competing all the time.
The regular size chimney starter is too big to fit in the Jambo door.
THIS one, however, works nicely.


In general, I thought it was pretty much a waste of more money originally.
My thought was, "If I want to light less charcoal, I don't need a smaller chimney to do that."

True enough.

BUT, never thought that my "standard sized" one would be too big, but it is indeed (at least for lighting the Jambo).
Damn Jambos and their small doors... I knew there was a flaw!
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I saw one about a month ago. I decided not to buy one.
I have two of the larger ones plus two of the cheapy ones.
on one of the weber ones I flipped the grate so the cone
faces down and it works perfectly for small loads.
saved the $$$$$$ for a new grate for the cga.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:19 PM   #27
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Mini Chimney
3" - peak height of charcoal cone
1 5/8" - lower edge height of charcoal cone
5 5/8" - chimney diameter
8" - chimney height

Regular Chimney
5" - peak height of charcoal cone
2 3/4" - lower edge height of charcoal cone
7 3/8" - chimney diameter
12" - chimney height
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:35 AM   #28
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Mini Chimney
3" - peak height of charcoal cone
1 5/8" - lower edge height of charcoal cone
5 5/8" - chimney diameter
8" - chimney height

Regular Chimney
5" - peak height of charcoal cone
2 3/4" - lower edge height of charcoal cone
7 3/8" - chimney diameter
12" - chimney height
Perfect. Thanks. Definitely sounds like it would light even easier with a starter cube underneath.
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Mine starts no problem with a starter cube.

Great size for the Mini WSM and even for the big one when I don't need as many coals lit.

It also fits inside the Jumbo Joe for taking away.
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I have also never had a problem lighting my larger chimney with a starter cube...
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