** BBQ Chimney Starter now £7.49 (or £6.37 with 15% Off) @ Homebase **
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** BBQ Chimney Starter now £7.49 (or £6.37 with 15% Off) @ Homebase **

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Found 4th May 2014
Was £9.99 but now reduced to £7.49. The bonus is the 15% off this weekend bringing the price down to £6.37 instore + nectar points. Except for Asda Direct which has a badly rated product this is the lowest price one currently available with good reviews.

Now I imagine most people are probably wondering what a BBQ chimney starter is and whether you need one. Well it simply lights the coals by holding a small amount of newspaper underneath which you light. No more purchasing of fire lighters, gel or stinky lighter fluid and this is where the product pays for itself. This works so brilliantly and quickly that it only takes ~20 minutes to get the coals white hot and ready.

Not sure if Homebase know what it is as they are displaying the product upside down.

This Chimney Starter is a must-have for any charcoal BBQ and is the most effortless way to light and prepare perfectly glowing briquettes every time.
Quickly and evenly lights your charcoal to make barbequing a breeze.
Material: Chrome Plated Steel.
Colour: Silver.
Dimensions: (H)28, (Dia)16cm.

31 Comments

These are very simple to make yourself, but that said a lot of faffing about, so this is a good price & whilst not a weber unit, will get the job done, but with a shorter lifespan overall.

great deal op

I ve got one of those and it is brilliant to chemicals no starters just a bit of news papers and u r up and running very good peace of kit.
Heat from me

much of this is simply down to the air draw the suspended material allows, it's not rocket science but it works well.. knock one up with a catering size tin can & a dremel drill if you want some project fun.

They are excellent to use. I love my Weber one.

Been on the look out for one of these on offer, thanks for posting.

I bought B&Q's one for a tenner and thought it was rubbish so I'm going to get a Weber one next. Someone said on here the Weber one is better because it has more holes in it?

kneale81

I bought B&Q's one for a tenner and thought it was rubbish so I'm going … I bought B&Q's one for a tenner and thought it was rubbish so I'm going to get a Weber one next. Someone said on here the Weber one is better because it has more holes in it?



What was rubbish about it? From the images, this one is the same design.

Description says:

Material: Chrome Plated Steel.


But I'm a bit suspicious, it looks remarkably like Galvanized Steel to me. If it is galvo, I'd not have it at any barbecue I was at.

[img]homebase.scene7.com/is/…001?$TMB$&wid=420&hei=420[/img]

Edited by: "Blasphemous" 5th May 2014

These things are great.

My mate's got a fantastic method for getting his huge barbeque roaring which I'm annoyed I didn't come up with - he lays a hairdryer down to blow the coals. All the afternoons I've spent with my temples throbbing and on the border of collapse from puffing away at those coals and then somebody shows me that. Grrrrrr.

[img]homebase.scene7.com/is/…001?$TMB$&wid=420&hei=420[/img]For anybody who hasn't used one know this picture is upside down from the way you use it. You screw up your paper and line the opening in the top in the picture, turn over, fill with coals and then light the paper through the holes. Get a breeze going over the top and Benoulli's your uncle.

Whitedot

What was rubbish about it? From the images, this one is the same design.



I couldn't get the charcoal to light We had to put it on top of a lit hob in my kitchen, no joke.

Hmm, thinking of just getting a Weber one now. X)

£3 in Tesco. not available online any more but were in store last week.

tesco.com/dir…prd

wow, it looks so cute! I would like to get one!

kneale81

I couldn't get the charcoal to light We had to put it on top of a lit … I couldn't get the charcoal to light We had to put it on top of a lit hob in my kitchen, no joke.



Never had an issue with either a weber or generic chimney starter providing you put the paper underneath properly and allow sufficient airflow to draw through the chimney.

Just follow this - very simple.
Edited by: "toonarmani" 5th May 2014

Looked at these at the weekend in Homebase. Weber one was far better made and slightly larger with good handles etc. If you want one get the Weber in my opinion as it looks like it will last.

FWIW Homebase also sell the Weber one, so the 15% off brings it to £16.99 if you can collect. From looking around that's a decent price in its own right when you consider delivery from the places online.

Obviously it's going on for three times the cost of this one like...

Weber is the way to go,its a bit more,but its a very well made quality bit of kit.

Banned

bought one for mothers day, thanks!

it's just gonna be a random gift since it'll come after mother's day

+1 vote for using these things instead of traditional fire lighters lighter fluid etc, mine is weber but if they had a 6 quid one at the time id have bought that. Means coals are ready for cooking way faster and you only need newspaper to light the BBQ - anyone doing bbqs this sort of thing is an absolute must for time saving. Not tried one? Spend the 6 quid dammit!

Beware with the cheap ones, the handle rivets will shear off due to the heat eventually and you don't want smokin hot coals over your feet or decking. Buy a paving slab to put it on once empty but hot.

webers one is best, they also do a smaller one for getting a smaller amount going

last tip, don't use newspaper but rather some kitchen towel soaked in cooking oil

thanks

And don't fill all of the underside with paper as you need airflow

These are awesome. So effortless.

£6 in store @ Tesco. Bought one Saturday.

Got 1 earlier, will see if it works soon. Was looking at buying the weber one from GoOutdoors but at £15.30 (if you have the card) its more than double the HB one. If it dont work or its crap its only £6 lost, would rather waste 6£ than £15.
Edited by: "DCFC79" 5th May 2014

I have both a weber and this one and they work great. No need to spend extra cash just for the brand!

toonarmani

Never had an issue with either a weber or generic chimney starter … Never had an issue with either a weber or generic chimney starter providing you put the paper underneath properly and allow sufficient airflow to draw through the chimney.Just follow this - very simple.


Whoa- there is a deep rabbit hole of "BBQ products" on that youtube page...

bought one this afternoon and just tried it out. worked brilliantly! Thanks OP

Ended up buying the Weber one today, clearly better quality in look, feel and construction. I'm sure this cheap one is perfectly adequate for the task though, I'm just vain.

These are FAB 20mins max and good to go! Heat the Hottie:{

Duelling Duck

My mate's got a fantastic method for getting his huge barbeque roaring … My mate's got a fantastic method for getting his huge barbeque roaring which I'm annoyed I didn't come up with - he lays a hairdryer down to blow the coals. All the afternoons I've spent with my temples throbbing and on the border of collapse from puffing away at those coals and then somebody shows me that. Grrrrrr.



Hot air paint stripper works better - they are designed to get very hot so less danger of melting the thing, and the air that comes out is so hot that it will light the charcoal on its own without matches or a lighter.
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