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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:26 pm 
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Saw at Bunnings (Scoresby store) that they have that heat beads chimney starter assist thingy in a gift box pack for $89. Might be of interest to people.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:06 pm 
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90$ and I still have to use fire lighters?

I'm sticking to my 15$ camping gas stove with $1 butane cans for the fuel

Get the chimney and use wads of newspaper.


Why am I finding 90$ pricey?

Is it a chimney + fan+heatbeads 4kg+ fire lighters? If so, that's pretty good price... Except I really hate battery operated stuff, always dead when you need it...


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:45 pm 
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I agree Chromis, too pricey for me, but that setup may suit others. Actually don't think it says on the box if it comes with the firefighters. Dumb if it doesn't.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:21 pm 
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You can use a power adaptor with these.
I have one and while you do need to use a fire lighter only 1 is needed ( they say three but you dont need to) and half a chimney is fully ashed over in like 5 mins.
A lot more efficient than the camp stove and in the long run cheaper to run if you have the power adaptor and only use 1 fire lighter.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:46 pm 
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I just shove my old kitchen paper towel's in the bottom of my chimney soaked in left over kitchen oil, and works a treat no cost to me lol


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:58 pm 
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$89 doesn't seem too bad I guess, whats the fan thing worth by itself? Will be interesting to see how well they sell.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:08 pm 
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The idea of these starters is to get the chimney of beads going faster. A fire cube supplies the flame, and a fan blows upwards spreading the heat faster. Most of us on bbq forums have our own/easier/cheaper way to do it, but for some others, perhaps with small balconies or something, it's not a bad idea.
I personally dump the chimney on the gassers side burner for a few minutes until the bottom ones have started, then transfer it to the weber grate. If I'm in a hurry, I do that then blast it with the heat gun.
This heatbeads pack would be excellent for people who have bought weber kettles and are frustrated at how long beads seem to take to ash over.
Sadly, if this helps those sorts of people out, it means less Weber kettles on roadside collections.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:31 pm 
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yakabot wrote:
Sadly, if this helps those sorts of people out, it means less Weber kettles on roadside collections.


...... We'll I'm screwed for finding a replacement! :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:02 pm 
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Chimney + milo tin + BBQ side burner and 5 minutes and 12-15 briquettes are ashed over. Gas is $20 a bottle and you'd probably get 500 lights out of that.

Using a couple of fire starters with a 12-15 briquettes takes me a good 20 minutes to get them to the point I like them. Agreed with others that this is probably a good thing to use if you don't have a BBQ and want it to take up as little room as possible.


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The problem you have with a side burner, turkey fryer or camping cooker is that left unattended they can/will explode

Camping cookers melt very easily
Wok burners arent designed for that heat
Turkey burners (cast iron) will heat the concrete underneath and blow a hole in your concrete sending charcoal flying everywhere.

I have witnessed 2 out of three of these scenarios.

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