Charcoal barbecue starter - £4.99 @ ALDI
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Charcoal barbecue starter - £4.99 @ ALDI

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Found 29th Apr
I know we are still wearing winter clothes this week, hopefully it won't be long till
we get the barbie out, other makes for starters normally sell for about a tenner.
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YIMan8 m ago

40 odd p per BBQ just to light it!?


Not really sure what you are working out here?
Jeremy.Clark3 h, 59 m ago

It's much cheaper to man up and learn how to light a fire without lighter …It's much cheaper to man up and learn how to light a fire without lighter fluid, fire lighters or this contraption.


Rub the coals together really, really fast? Get out my flint, steel and oil cloth? Invite Ray Mears around?

I'd rather fill a chimney with charcoal and go in for 20 mins ta.
mds125619 m ago

Not really sure what you are working out here?


Similar bonkers maths to those used on the Kamodo BBQ thread.
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Anyone know if this has a conical wire grill inside like the Weber ones? Or is it a flat base
tolester3 m ago

Anyone know if this has a conical wire grill inside like the Weber ones? …Anyone know if this has a conical wire grill inside like the Weber ones? Or is it a flat base


It says in the blurb it has a Inner grill.
The greatest sign of flattery.... copying the better Weber ..
Fox_meister29th Apr

It says in the blurb it has a Inner grill.


Yeah I found a video online. Just a flat base. The conical wire grill like in the webers works loads better. But for a fiver these are cheap.
40 odd p per BBQ just to light it!?
I have one of these although a different brand. At first I thought it was rubbish as it didn’t really work as advertised, but I was using large charcoal and it works much better with smaller pieces.
YIMan8 m ago

40 odd p per BBQ just to light it!?


Not really sure what you are working out here?
mds125619 m ago

Not really sure what you are working out here?


Similar bonkers maths to those used on the Kamodo BBQ thread.
YIMan1 h, 7 m ago

40 odd p per BBQ just to light it!?


Is that from the Aldi website? I've got one from home base a couple of years ago (now rusty so may get one of of these) but just needs a few sheets of rolled up newspaper and smaller chucks of charcoal.

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davening31 m ago

Colded accidentally


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Very small Dimensions: 190 x 305mm approx
I have the Webber version and a couple of sheets of scrap scrunched up paper Job! So 40p ??? Can't go wrong at this price
Recently bought two from The Range for £5.99 each so hot deal. They work surprisingly well.
I recently purchased one of these from Asda, same price of £4.99 so another option if you have a big enough store near you. Only used this once so far - after all we live in the UK! However, its a great bit of kit and will use every time going forward.
packard11 h, 50 m ago

The greatest sign of flattery.... copying the better Weber ..



Thank goodness not copying weber price...with regular use, ALL these chimney starters disintegrate into rust buckets within 3-4 years anyway
I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm doing wrong, but watched various videos and it just doesn't seem to do ti.
Reverted to the coal in a bag type stuff instead..
Corranga58 m ago

I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm …I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm doing wrong, but watched various videos and it just doesn't seem to do ti. Reverted to the coal in a bag type stuff instead..



Coal in the bag is the best.... and easiest :). Just costs more... until ALDI get them back in...
Babbler8 m ago

Coal in the bag is the best.... and easiest :). Just costs more... until …Coal in the bag is the best.... and easiest :). Just costs more... until ALDI get them back in...


Certainly hope you're not cooking with coal that's coat your food in all kinds of very nasty carcinogens.

Also people who take their bbq'ing seriously won't touch anything impregnated with lighting chemicals like the light the bag stuff. Having used all that stuff in the past & learning how to bbq properly the difference is huge.
Rich4412 m ago

Certainly hope you're not cooking with coal that's coat your food in all …Certainly hope you're not cooking with coal that's coat your food in all kinds of very nasty carcinogens.Also people who take their bbq'ing seriously won't touch anything impregnated with lighting chemicals like the light the bag stuff. Having used all that stuff in the past & learning how to bbq properly the difference is huge.



This is a thread about charcoal bbq starters... so yes I am... and been doing so for years... no worse than walking down the high street breathing in the fumes of cars driving past...

Besides I don't put the food directly on the coal... just to stoke the fire of this discussion
Could this be used as firestarter in general?
It's much cheaper to man up and learn how to light a fire without lighter fluid, fire lighters or this contraption.
tolester14 h, 17 m ago

Yeah I found a video online. Just a flat base. The conical wire grill like …Yeah I found a video online. Just a flat base. The conical wire grill like in the webers works loads better. But for a fiver these are cheap.


Yeah, it is. Flat base with round holes in it. However, I bought one of these from Aldi in Germany about 4 years ago. It has started at least 50 BBQ's in that time, and has performed perfectly every time. It's a rusty old thing now, but still works perfectly. Highly recommended for a fiver!
I have the Weber one and it's fantastic - don't know how I coped without it! Heat.
Got the Weber version and it makes Barbecues a breeze, I use 1 weber fire lighter and leave it for 15- 20 mins all coals are white hot - if this works the same for the money its a bargain
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Jeremy.Clark3 h, 59 m ago

It's much cheaper to man up and learn how to light a fire without lighter …It's much cheaper to man up and learn how to light a fire without lighter fluid, fire lighters or this contraption.


Rub the coals together really, really fast? Get out my flint, steel and oil cloth? Invite Ray Mears around?

I'd rather fill a chimney with charcoal and go in for 20 mins ta.
I've got a Weber one and it works great but it's aluminiumised steel, and the coating started to disappear after a few uses.

This looks like a better copy than the ones you see in homebase or tesco which do not look like you want to put white hot charcoal in them
Corranga9 h, 23 m ago

I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm …I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm doing wrong, but watched various videos and it just doesn't seem to do ti. Reverted to the coal in a bag type stuff instead..


My technique is to use around two arm lengths of kitchen roll screwed up under the metal grill thing of the starter.

I’d look also at storage and brand of the coals. My Weber coals were in plastic bags but the bar-b quick coals (Homebase) Were in paper bags and drew moisture out of the air. Both were in the garage store above floor level. The bar-b quick coals took and age to light. Waste of time but the Weber coals were instant!
These things are great. Mine is basically a cylinder of rust with a handle now but it still works. I don't use any firelighters at all - just fairly robust paper such as the stuff Amazon packs into boxes scrunched up at the bottom. Hasn't failed once, unlike the easy light bags which for me never seemed to get all the coals going. This is easy - fill with coal, scrunch plenty of paper in the bottom, set in place, light paper through holes, leave until you start to see white ashes on the upper layer of coals, tip out. Buy two if you want to fill a barrel barbecue.
Edited by: "misterleoni" 30th Apr
DonnyBrago3 h, 51 m ago

Rub the coals together really, really fast? Get out my flint, steel and … Rub the coals together really, really fast? Get out my flint, steel and oil cloth? Invite Ray Mears around?I'd rather fill a chimney with charcoal and go in for 20 mins ta.


Bit of news paper and some twigs and bobs your uncle. It's all about air flow. But hey, if you wanna be a little girl and do your nails for 20 mins, fair play to you
Corranga9 h, 39 m ago

I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm …I have the weber one and can't get it to work at all, no idea what I'm doing wrong, but watched various videos and it just doesn't seem to do ti. Reverted to the coal in a bag type stuff instead..


Easiest way is to ball up some paper and stuff it in the bottom, add a single fire-lighter underneath and set it going.

It needs to be able to draw air through it like a funnel, so either stand the chimney on a couple of bricks so it's off the ground, or even stand it in the BBQ on the rack with the vents open. If you're concerned it's going out you can add a little more paper underneath after a few mins, but it should be fine.

Takes about 15-20mins to be up to heat up (should see flames coming out the top and you're set).
What does this contraption do? i tend to start my bbqs by having a couple of fire starters and the bottom then building a pyramid on top with plenty of air holes and it does the trick?
Jeremy.Clark13 m ago

Bit of news paper and some twigs and bobs your uncle. It's all about air …Bit of news paper and some twigs and bobs your uncle. It's all about air flow. But hey, if you wanna be a little girl and do your nails for 20 mins, fair play to you


Man up / be a little girl.

You sound like a teenage boy who's watched too much ray mears.
toonarmani41 m ago

Easiest way is to ball up some paper and stuff it in the bottom, add a …Easiest way is to ball up some paper and stuff it in the bottom, add a single fire-lighter underneath and set it going. It needs to be able to draw air through it like a funnel, so either stand the chimney on a couple of bricks so it's off the ground, or even stand it in the BBQ on the rack with the vents open. If you're concerned it's going out you can add a little more paper underneath after a few mins, but it should be fine.Takes about 15-20mins to be up to heat up (should see flames coming out the top and you're set).



Thanks for this, ignore the fishermen biting for attention.

Unfortunately we don't have Aldi in NI, next cheapest I can find is £8 in B&Q? Unless someone can find cheaper?
EdinburghShop8550 m ago

What does this contraption do? i tend to start my bbqs by having a couple …What does this contraption do? i tend to start my bbqs by having a couple of fire starters and the bottom then building a pyramid on top with plenty of air holes and it does the trick?


Saves you stacking up your coals and also gets a more even funnel of heat burning through the coals. A pyramid stack tends to collapse after a while. This is just a far easier and more consistent way of doing it for a fiver.
HottyHotty1 h, 8 m ago

Man up / be a little girl.You sound like a teenage boy who's watched too …Man up / be a little girl.You sound like a teenage boy who's watched too much ray mears.


Don't need to be Ray Mears to light a bbq lol. Clearly you like to go for the drama with your comments not even commenting on the actual deal. But hey whatever gets you those couple of likes
I actually cook steak on mine. I have Weber and took a punt on a cheap Argos as a comparison. Weber is better quality but they do the same job.

Went this route after I saw a video from Adam Savage (mythbuster) on the best way to sear steak. These are best because the heat gets high. It requires much less coal too. Spent £50 on the Weber cast iron sear griddle. I found 2 solid firefighters underneath on a brick work and Weber or Australian bricks.

Can easily cook steak for 4 on one of these.....

youtu.be/JB1…hrw

He tests quite a few weird/different ways to sear steak, it’s worth a look if you’re interested in that sort of thing, sous vide was 1 step too far for me, maybe next year
White spirit is your friend
dré.19 m ago

I actually cook steak on mine


I was going to post exactly the same thing but I was eating my tea. I do stuff sous-vide and then wack it on the barbeque starter. Or even better use a pressure cooker to cook stuff like belly pork and then put it on the starter. I actually thought I'd invented doing it.
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