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    Weber Chimney Starter No Ash

    I absolutely LOVE my WSM and my other Weber grills! With the Minion Method, my WSM gives me incredibly steady temperature control.

    The only thing I did not like was the floating newspaper ash left after using the Weber Chimney starter. I just didn't like it floating and blowing around.

    I discovered a better way to start my coals in the chimney starter one day when I didn't have any newspaper. I grabbed a few feet of paper towels and used them instead of newspaper. Worked great, and there was no ash left from the paper towels!

    About six feet of paper towels burns completely and does a great job!

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    You can also try pieces of torn up charcoal bags, or you can spray paper towels with veg oil which really gets things going. Or use my favorite, Weber Lighter Cubes.

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    Yup. If you wet paper towels with oil, you don't need 6 feet. Just a couple of sheets will do...

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    For some strange reason, I get no ash issue when I use a brown paper grocery bag, but then again, I don’t have a problem unless I really wad it tightly.
    If I’m “sidewinder” Minion method smoking (my preferred method) I’ve taken to torch ignition on the “door” side, no muss, no fuss.
    Last edited by Timothy F. Lewis; 04-16-2018 at 03:34 AM.
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    I got a couple boxes of weber starter cubes for Christmas, so I'm using those right now, but before that, I just coated a few(3) cotton balls with vasoline. It always worked like a charm and you can make a few hundred for just a few bucks.
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    I like that Tim, three cotton balls and Vaseline! Easy to transport too!
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    Wow...6 feet is a lot of paper towels to use up (says the cheapskate who is appalled at how quickly his family goes through paper goods). Personally, I'm luck enough to have a Performer with gas assist for when I'm at home. Even if I'm cooking in a (Camp) Dutch Oven, I use the Performer to get the coals lit. When I'm camping, I bring the Weber cubes or homemade starters (toilet paper tubes stuffed with dryer lint) or use a camp stove. I have a couple old propane camp stoves (the cheap kind you screw onto the top of 1# propane bottle) that I've often thought of using to build a propane-powered chimney. Stability and falling ash would probably be an issue (you don't want hot ashes falling onto a propane bottle, I suspect).
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    I cheat, and use the chimney over the gas starter on my Performer. No ash for sure. See others using hand held torches.
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    I thought that the chimney over the performer igniter was how is was supposed to be used, no? When I use a buddy’s that’s what I do too!
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    Apparently this propane starter didn't go over well enough to still be in production.
    I bought one a few years back for my Santa Maria grill since it's down on a patio with all my other grills, etc up on the deck. It works well.
    edit, found a video for it.




    Last edited by Bob Correll; 04-17-2018 at 07:24 AM.

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