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on September 16, 2017
This thing was a splurge purchase but I'm glad I got it. I've used a chimney starter for charcoal for years and thought it was the best way. This thing saves me at least 15-20 minutes.
Although you have to stand there with it for about 2 minutes, after that you come back in 5 to a roaring fire. With a chimney starter I would light it and come back in 15-20 minutes and then pour it in the grill and wait another 5 minutes. With this starter you're maybe a couple minutes slower than gas!
I plan on buying several of these for the holidays to give to people.
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on April 25, 2017
It works great to light up my lump wood charcoals in my Primo XL. I was able to get the fire going in about 5 minutes. You do have to press and hold the button on the starter the entire time, so if you are impatient, it might be tedious.
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on June 15, 2018
I've been using "lighter cubes" to light my lump charcoal for years now and it was always a 20-30 min. wait for a full hot fire in my large BGE. Due to all the crazy wet weather we've been having and medical problems, haven't able to grill as often as we'd like. So far, I've got to use this "critter" three times and all I can say is, THIS THING IS AWESOME!! I get hot coals deep down, in 1-1/2 to 2 mins in the first spot and then in two more spots in what seems less time for each. Then by the time I put it in a safe place to cool down, walk into the house, get the food and back out to the grill, it's ready to go. I love this thing. Would I reccomend it? You're darn tooten!
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on March 28, 2018
Took a chance on this one . . . and it actually works pretty well! It definitely takes a solid 2 minutes to get up to speed, but once it's there, it's pretty easy to get all the coals lit due to the blowing force of the unit. So, all in all, it works great. Just takes some time, and it's 100% hands-on time . . . you can't just walk away and do other stuff. I tried to rig a deal to hold the 'trigger' down . . . but wasn't very happy with my rigging. So, I just hold it down. Just sing the national anthem to yourself while you wait, and by the end of the song you'll have hot glowing coals soon to be ready for all of your grilling efforts.
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on May 14, 2018
Out of the box I used this product I attached a heavy duty 3 prong extension cord and it was great. I started my fire with solid blocks of cherry wood. A few kindling piece of cherry, no paper no fuss. Note to those who have said the unit stopped while using it I recommend that once you see flames pull the unit out and point it to an area with no flames in other words flames generate heat and the unit will shut down. Once the first started I let go of the trigger and rested the unit on/in a clay flower pot.
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on January 4, 2018
Thus is the same exact thing as the more expensive brand. It workseems the same. It is like magic! Just point and shoot at your lump charcoal... boom! Red hot coals! Quick, easy and not chemicals. I am sure it will work with briquettes the same way.
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on June 4, 2018
It does work, but I've found it requires me to stand there and cherry pick where i'm using it for 10-15 minutes to get a usable coal. I usual end up doing a charcoal chimney, AND this because it saves time. It's not the FAST solution I thought it was. Also, its probably not the best product for on a dry wood deck, a lot of red coals go airborne from this.
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on May 20, 2018
This thing is a beast!!! Starts our grill in minutes without the use of poisonous lighter fluid. The tool looks like an oversized curling iron and does get very hot- so it’s best to keep it up high away from children until it cools after its used. We love using this because it’s the safer alternative to grilling our food.
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on April 6, 2017
It made a fire within 3 minutes on charcoal and wood chips.
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on June 13, 2018
Seen something like this on a food show and said “There’s a grill tool I don’t have” Wanted so bad to love this item. This unit is cumbersome, uses so much energy to operate, and in the end didn’t save any time. Will be going back to the chimney starters.
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