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Anyone use a chimney starter to get their egg going?

It sure is fast, but I think it wastes a bit of charcoal. And i didn't have to buy it since I had it from my days using my side firebox cooker.

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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,095
    I used one when I first got my egg but stopped after a while.  It did start the charcoal in the chimney very fast but it still took a while to get the rest of the egg going. I switched to 91% alcohol which I find it much easier and gets the whole fire going much quicker.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,778
    I use it when I want a bunch of burning coals evenly spread over the top of the fire.  I put in a bed of charcoal, then dump the burning coals on top and let it sit a bit. Vwalla! Even fire for paella, for example.

    The Naked Whiz
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 5,713
    Chimney starter is ideal for quick starts, much like The Whiz says. I start mine over gasser side burner, using larger lump, much like in the old Weber kettle briquette days. When the grill came closer to the house (and power) the electric starter gets the job done. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 6,901
    I tried it once when I first got my egg. wound up with a raging inferno, temps thru the roof! Haven't tried it since though, after four years, I could probably do better now.  :D Mapp for me.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,129
    If I want a hot fire, I light a few places on the top of the lump with my propane torch.  Then I fire up my Echo leafblower.  Stick the nozzle in the bottom vent for a minute or so on idle.  Wait another couple of minutes then arrange the burning lump the way I want it.  Another 15 minutes or so, depends on the lump, I have a hot fire ready to go.

    Usually I just start it well in advance and let it naturally build.
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  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 450
    I use my charcoal chimney for every low and slow cook that I do. I put an inch or two of coals in it. Let the chimney do its job getting them to white hot embers. Then a throw the hot coals onto the top of my charcoal and hickory pile in the egg. Throw the guru on and walk away. It's a great way to get a long cook started without risking going to far with a weed burner.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,129
    For low and slows, I would never use a leaf blower.  I just light a 3" diameter area in the front top area of the lump.  I use a torch, takes about a minute.  When the smoke is good, I'm ready to go.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,129
    You don't need much fire to keep the egg in the 200s.  A big fire gives you bad smoke when you choke it down, and it's more likely to go out.
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  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,249
    I used to but am satisfied with using Weber fire starters now. The chimney has some risk in it with carrying the coals around, etc. that I now shy away from. The fire starters take not much time, I can usually stabilize the Egg where I want it while prepping the food.
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