Lighting small amounts of charcoal

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Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by Gumb » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:32 pm

There's been many times when I've wanted to light a small amount of charcoal and the charcoal chimney is too big for the job. The charcoal or beads spread around the bottom rather than making a small pile. I came across this stainless steel container in the local cheap shop for a cost of $4.50 :) Perfect size as you can see from the pics. I gave it some attention with a hammer on the bottom so that it formed a nice space for a fire lighter. Looks like it should work. :)

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by emberpak » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:42 pm

Good use of a utensils holder.

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by Gumb » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:43 pm

I was wondering what it was used for... :lol:

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by urbangriller » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:50 pm

Ikea have one just like it, more holes though I think.

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by Gumb » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:53 pm

urbangriller wrote:Ikea have one just like it, more holes though I think.

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No problem, I have a drill :)

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by rosecran » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:05 pm

Gumb wrote:There's been many times when I've wanted to light a small amount of charcoal and the charcoal chimney is too big for the job.]
Trying to light the smaller bits of charcoal from a previous cook is a pain! Not to mention placing it back on the Kettle Charcoal Grate! just falls through! I'm in the process of making a finer charcoal grate from a thick bird wire, to place on top of the kettle charcoal grate.
Might get something like this,

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by Gumb » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:38 pm

I'm not looking at lighting smaller bits, more just smaller amounts. I do smaller bits in the hibachi.

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by urbangriller » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:43 pm

But smaller bits are an issue as well Josh...I've looked at mesh a few times with a view to making mini charcoal baskets!

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by WarmBeer » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:23 pm

That is brilliant!

Ummm, so once the charcoal is going nice & strong, how do you pick her up? Welding gloves?
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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by yakabot » Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:07 am

WarmBeer wrote:That is brilliant!

Ummm, so once the charcoal is going nice & strong, how do you pick her up? Welding gloves?
Going by the coke can size reference, probably wouldn't be really heavy. I'd just use the tongs that I use for moving hot beads.

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by Gumb » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:48 am

WarmBeer wrote:That is brilliant!

Ummm, so once the charcoal is going nice & strong, how do you pick her up? Welding gloves?
I hadn't thought of that :roll:

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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by Mixin » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:15 am

Before I knew about commercially available chimneys, I made my own using a similar cutlery holder from the cheap shop.
I mounted it inside an old baby formula tin using long bolts & nuts.
I cut the base out of the tin, and mounted a wooden handle on the side of the tin.
It sat about 30mm up from the bottom of the tin, to allow space to sit over a fire lighter or gas burner.
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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by WarmBeer » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:15 am

You've already got the conveniently punched holes, maybe you could use a couple of stainless bolts, washers and nuts to mount a wooden handle that would allow you to lift it.

Maybe a little like the following (apologies for my awesome paint skilllz)

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You would want the handle to go down to the same level as the base of the can, so the weight doesn't tip it over.

Going to have to look for a cutlery holder of my own now.
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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by urbangriller » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:31 am

Gumb wrote:
WarmBeer wrote:That is brilliant!

Ummm, so once the charcoal is going nice & strong, how do you pick her up? Welding gloves?
I hadn't thought of that :roll:
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Re: Lighting small amounts of charcoal

Post by WarmBeer » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:01 am

urbangriller wrote:
Gumb wrote:
WarmBeer wrote:That is brilliant!

Ummm, so once the charcoal is going nice & strong, how do you pick her up? Welding gloves?
I hadn't thought of that :roll:
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Chris
Nice one!

Yours is so much simpler than my idea.
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