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Old 05-08-2014, 05:51 PM   #21
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Sad... they are all plastic now I'll bet.
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Also, instead of using the grill you can use the chimney itself to quickly grill something over very high heat. Place a small grate on the chimney.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:55 PM   #23
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Also, instead of using the grill you can use the chimney itself to quickly grill something over very high heat. Place a small grate on the chimney.
Like this.
AND... I am using the gasser
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:08 PM   #24
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Also, instead of using the grill you can use the chimney itself to quickly grill something over very high heat. Place a small grate on the chimney.

Brilliant. I have a small round grate that was a part to something long discarded and since unknown, now I know why I saved it!
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:10 PM   #25
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AND... I am using the gasser

And this looks awesome, Pac!
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:11 PM   #26
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Pac, that picture is hysterical!! I gotta try that!
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:33 PM   #27
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Actually whenever I use my Smokey Joe I set it in my gas grill. It gets it up to working height.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:03 PM   #28
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Chimneys rule. They are so fast I can't believe I used lighter fluid 30 years ago... unless they didn't have chimneys yet and I just liked playing with fire.
My Dad and I made a chimney fire-starter as a Girl Scout project when I was a Cadette scout...back in the mid-1960s. It worked way better than his electric charcoal starter!
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:09 PM   #29
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I remember those electric starters. My favorite uncle used one. He always used weird charcoal though... it was like paper nuggets. Real light, beige colored... does anyone else remember that charcoal? That was a little "before my time" to pay attention to such things.
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I like my Weber charcoal grill and my little hibachi. We've had a couple gas grills over the years, but they were too fiddly, and something or other always managed to rot out or rust. And I like playing with fire too...

A nice extra for a charcoal grill is a chimney. You shove a couple sheets of newspaper in its bottom, light, and voila, no need for lighter fluid.
My Weber gas grill is almost 15 years old and there has only been minimal replacement parts used. I have replaced the flavorizer bars. They will rust even though they are enamel coated. The high heat on them destroys them over time.
But the burner, enclosure and the grates are all still in fine shape. This grill was well over $400 back then also.
I still have never had to use a match either to light it. One push on the ignite button and its on.

The chimney starter is the only way to go. I put a few drops of cooking oil on the paper. About a teaspoon or less.

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Sad... they are all plastic now I'll bet.
Actually, the coffee cans (Kirkland) at Costco are still metal cans. 3 LB cans.
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