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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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Old 07-06-2009, 06:55 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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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.

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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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