It’s been a while but my Weber chimney has finally given up (after 4 years not too bad). I searched and searched but could not find any Australian retailer that stocked these chimneys. On the forum I found out that Heat Beads also has barbecue starter (as opposed to a chimney) so I decided to get me an Aussie one! I could have ordered one from Amazon as well but I like to change things up!

Anyway I did compare my “old” and trusty Weber chimney with the Heat Beads barbecue starter and the differences are as follows:

I got the Heat Beads Barbecue Starter from Barbeques Galore and it came in the following package:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

I quickly unpacked and found a number of well packaged (in clingwrap) components and a page with assembly instructions:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

Following the instruction I managed to build my chimney (or BBQ starter) in about 15 minutes. and it looks like this:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

The starter vs the chimney look like this side to side; Yeah have a look at the great way I “fixed” my Weber chimney, very safe!
The Weber chimney is a bit taller than the Heat Beads barbecue starter
Heat Beads vs Weber review

From the top they look like this; again the Weber seems to have a slightly bigger circumference.:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

I filled up the barbecue starter with some Heat Beads briquettes (yeah yeah when I cook with briquettes I use Heat Beads!). It took about 3/4 of a 4kg bag which is enough for me to start a cook:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

I put the content of the Heat Beads barbecue starter in the Weber chimney. As expected (because of the size differences) my Weber could have taken a bit more charcoal:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

I placed the loaded Heat Beads on my side burner for 5 minutes:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

I moved it into my Komodo Kamado to fully light all the briquettes:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

This what the starter look like after first use:
Heat Beads vs Weber review

Even though it is a slightly smaller size I foresee no problems whatsoever with using the Heat Beads barbecue starter. I will post a separate blog about my complete starter sequence shortly!
My Weber chimney lasted for over 3 years with very frequent use and stored outside constantly.
I hope that my Heat Beads barbecue starter will last for at least that amount of time!

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