charcoal chimney is an old-fashioned gadget that allows you
to light charcoal without the use of fluid. It's a metal cylinder
about 10 inches in diameter and 14 inches high. There's a
handle (it gets hot!) and with a low shelf (just above the
holes) for charcoal.
You stuff a few sheets of newspaper into the bottom and light
them through the holes. They in turn light the charcoal. It
only takes a few more minutes than using fluid, but you get
a pile of perfectly evenly glowing briquettes.
At about the same prices as a couple bottles of starter fluid,
this baby will pay for itself in half a summer. But the best
part is that you'll never have to run to the store for fluid
Look for them where they sell charcoal grills, or buy one
shown: above, black
charcoal starter, $14 at Amazon.com; left,
aluminum charcoal starter,
$10.95 at Cooking.com.