Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Charcoal cookers (such as Weber Kettles)
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Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by urbangriller » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:49 pm

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by Wobbly » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:26 pm

Battery powered fan? Great idea and probably makable in my shed. $60 sounds a bit steep to save 15 mins though. eBay the parts tonight for me...
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Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by wedwards » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:34 pm

Ordered one the second I saw it. The little gas stoves that I've gone through 3 of so far can go in the bin. 12 mins till ready for cooking and not having to babysit it is worth it for me.

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by beaver » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:01 pm

order using PITMSTR for free shipping ;)

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by aussie » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:13 pm

Now that is a good idea beaver!

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by beaver » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:33 pm

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Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by wedwards » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:45 pm

I already ordered doh!! Oh well it solves a massive issue I had so do t care :)

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by rosecran » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:00 pm

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by Desertdust » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:17 pm

Consumerism has gone crazy, no way would I buy that thing. I'm happy with some old paper soaked in cooking oil.

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by pierre » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:11 pm

Four lighters? I never use more than one and never had problems in lighting the fuel in about 20/25 minutes. I am pretty sure if I use four without this silly gadget I'd still have the coal burning in 12 minutes.

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Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by wedwards » Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:07 pm

You might .... But that hasn't been my experience. Even when people say it takes 20 mins I don't see that myself. More like 45-60 mins for me most of the time unless it's a bit windy and that speeds it up slightly.

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by pierre » Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:56 pm

Look I am nobody, but every of the "veterans" on the forum can confirm if you need 60 minutes you're doing something wrong.

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by Gumb » Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:40 pm

It can depend on what you have in there too. Lump will light much faster than heat beads for example. And I think different brands of heat beads (e.g the Woolies cheapies) may take longer again. I often put a couple of bits of lump at the bottom and (real) heat beads on top of that, which certainly helps get it going. But an hour ? no, that's way too long. Half that at most would be my experience. (I usually use 3 starter blocks - the cardboard Samba brand, not those white blocks with chemicals in them).

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Re: Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by urbangriller » Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:43 pm

Gumb wrote:It can depend on what you have in there too. Lump will light much faster than heat beads for example. And I think different brands of heat beads (e.g the Woolies cheapies) may take longer again. I often put a couple of bits of lump at the bottom and (real) heat beads on top of that, which certainly helps get it going. But an hour ? no, that's way too long. Half that at most would be my experience. (I usually use 3 starter blocks - the cardboard Samba brand, not those white blocks with chemicals in them).
Yep, same for me as well!

3 x Samba and some real lump in the bottom if I want to speed it up.

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Heat Beads Chimney Booster

Post by wedwards » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:37 pm

I'm just using the heat beads from Bunnings. I'm waiting until even the ones on top are ashed over and I fill it right to the brim. Also using the samba heat beads and use 3 squares from the packet. Dunno .... Not sure how I can do it wrong hahaha. Oh well the booster has arrived so will have to mess with it over the weekend


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