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Old 07-06-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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Help with chimney starter... too much smoke!

Ok, so i finally took the plunge and got me and chimney starter and it works great! I really think it does a great job when we are at a picnic, or in the park. But, when im trying to cook something up here at the apartment, it creates way too much smoke from the paper used to get it lighted. We are not suposed to have grills here and this smoke draws a good deal of attention. LOL.

Anyone have any good ideas of how to get this thing started without creating so much smoke? Id also prefer not to have to use a torch. Any good ideas?
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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Get yourself an electric starter. Just plug it in the wall and lay it on there for about 15 mins or so. Works like a champ. Sure you could get one for less than 20 bucks.

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Old 07-06-2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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Hmmm, ive never seen, or heard of an electric starter.. ill have to search around.
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You could by the side burner that goes on a Chargriller or a camping stove perhaps. The chimney fits right down on it. Either way you do it you will still get the smoke unless you change the types of coals your using. How about a small gas grill? By the time they know what's happening you could be back inside with a burger.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:25 PM   #5
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^^^ no gas for me. With a gas grill theres not time to drink and have a cigar while the coals are getting ready Plus i like the charcoal taste, and am really ok even throwing in a small piece of hickory to smoke a lil. Its just the extreme amount of smoke that the paper puts off thats killing me right now...

Ive heard something about using parifin wax or something .. anyone know anything bout this???
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:01 PM   #6
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Yeppers..I know you need an electric charcoal starter. You cant find the good cubes anymore. The Russian fella who knowed how to make em died or went out of business etc. In fact if you want to come to Foat Wuth I dig mine out of the camper and give it to you free.

http://www.target.com/gp/search/180-936 ... v_xsgt0357

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What kind of charcoal are you using? The brand will also play a role in the smoke generation...I use the weber starter cubes...cheap and they work great!
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Im using regular kingsford charcoal
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Yeppers..I know you need an electric charcoal starter. You cant find the good cubes anymore. The Russian fella who knowed how to make em died or went out of business etc. In fact if you want to come to Foat Wuth I dig mine out of the camper and give it to you free.

http://www.target.com/gp/search/180-936 ... v_xsgt0357

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So i can just ram this thing up the bottom on the chimney starter??? LOL
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:38 AM   #10
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:10 AM   #11
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Regular Kingsford is going to smoke no matter what you use to start it. You might give that electric thing Bigwheel is mentioning a try...or any "fire starting" thing available at your local home depot in the grilling section.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:20 AM   #12
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With an electric starter you don't use the chimney
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #13
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You could try one of these...

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I believe they can be had here...
http://www.hammacher.com/publish/75081.asp
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This unit is no longer available at the website listed above...just called and it is not in their inventory anymore!
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:35 PM   #15
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Today i tried some Charbroil "Sure2Burn" fire starter packs... They claim to be non tokic, orderless, and containing no petroleum. Only weird thing is they were wrapped in a plasitc like substance that wyou were directed to leave on and light. Not so sure about this part.

Put it did light my chimney just fine. There was still smoke, but considerably less than with regular paper. Whether this was do to the burning paper, the fact that these lit the coals slower, or both that reduced the smoke i dont know. So anyone else try or know anything about these?

My next try to further reduce smoke here at the apartment will be to try the all natural kingsford competition.

Thanks for all the help so far guys!
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:03 PM   #16
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Well this is fast reminding me of that cousin of mine. His mama and daddy bought him books and sent him to school. Uh huh..you guessed it. All he did was chew on the book covers.

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Old 07-07-2009, 10:19 PM   #17
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I checked out of on those electric starters today at home depot... lol, in the pictures here that were posted they looked like small little things.. in person i was like WTF?? They are huge!
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I use my turkey fryer to start my chiminy. It works in about 30 seconds. Also dont forget the weed burner at harbour freight tools. $29 bucks. heres the link:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=91037
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:32 PM   #19
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That is indeed a fortuitous (sic) circumstance. We lived in a Duplex one time which had a little fenced yard. Sure the dirt has long since been replaced by dawg poopy. I dont remember ever picking any of it up anyway and we had a slew of ankle biters. They acted like they was real picky about who they rented too..but then the cops started knocking on my door axing about where was the guy who was co-joined with me. Turns out he was a well known criminal. Guess they wasn't as selective as they appeared to be. I wondered why they let me check in so easy. Me and him cooked out in the back yard a lot.

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Old 07-15-2009, 06:33 PM   #20
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Re: to much smoke

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How much smoke will the building make when you burn it down?
That depends, Is the building made of oak or pecan or pine.....?
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