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Old 07-17-2019, 10:07 AM   #1
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The handle on my chimney starter melted and ruined not only the starter but the small Weber kettle that I had it sitting on. Anyone else managed to melt a handle?
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:12 AM   #2
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The handle on my chimney starter melted and ruined not only the starter but the small Weber kettle that I had it sitting on. Anyone else managed to melt a handle?


Never! WOW! How did you manage to do that? On the bright side it sounds like someone deserves a new grill :)
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:18 AM   #3
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Never melted one, but have gotten them way too hot. I have learned not to sit them on the charcoal grate to start them. The sides of the kettle holds too much heat in on the handle. You can probably take a heat gun and a scraper to your grill and clean it up, then just buy a new handle from weber.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:23 AM   #4
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Alcohol may have been involved. LOL Actually we just got the charcoal started then changed our minds about cooking outside so left it there burning. When we finally went out the handle was burning and was melting all down in the grill.

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Old 07-17-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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Congrats on the new Rec Tec. Now if I could only get away with something like that to get a cooking upgrade.
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:54 PM   #6
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Congrats on the new Rec Tec. Now if I could only get away with something like that to get a cooking upgrade.

He managed to ruin a chimney and a weber kettle - do you want him around electronics?
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:29 PM   #7
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Melted one of my a bit with I first got it. Not nearly as bad as yours.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:42 PM   #8
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I always start my starter chimney on the useless side burner on my gas grill. Works great.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:12 PM   #9
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I guess I better quit using my kettle for lighting my chimney...

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Old 07-17-2019, 03:19 PM   #10
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Not sure I should admit I've done it to that level and got one to start sagging. I upgraded to a Weber Performer with the propane starter and just stack the briquettes
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:41 PM   #11
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Ive slightly melted on in high winds but it was usable after....thats impressive
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:51 PM   #12
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I have melted a handle. Chimney still works, though. It (along with a shirt with a huge flame-caused hole) is a reminder that fire can be your friend or your enemy.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:57 PM   #13
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I lit up a chimney of lump charcoal and after five minutes it was sparking like crazy. I live in Southern California where wildfires start very easily. I also live in a condo with three neighbors attached to our unit.

My solution was to put the kettle lid over the chimney until it stopped sparking so much. When I looked at it a few minutes later, half the handle had melted. The chimney still works but I'm done with lump until I have my own house.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:22 PM   #14
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Never melted a handle, but last summer i placed my chimney on the concrete driveway and lit it.. Big mistake, the concrete superheated, and as i was picking the chimney up to bring to the grill, the concrete exploded, luckily i didn't get any in the face, but got peppered in the leg. That was not fun.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:51 AM   #15
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Never melted a handle, but last summer i placed my chimney on the concrete driveway and lit it.. Big mistake, the concrete superheated, and as i was picking the chimney up to bring to the grill, the concrete exploded, luckily i didn't get any in the face, but got peppered in the leg. That was not fun.

Oh crap! Did you? LOL I have heard of blocks under Kamados exploding when the bottom was flat on the blocks.
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