Barbecuing is occasionally complicated by unreliable charcoal bricks. Sometimes they don't start even when you douse them with that nasty kerosene fire starter. I'm expecting that this low-tech solution from Weber will work better. It's basically a custom-made chimney for igniting charcoal bricks. The coals draw air from the bottom and the fire spreads up the chimney.
2008-07-17: I've been using this product for two months now and I have a few comments to add:
- No liquid fire starter required
Within a short period, the fire is consistently red-hot. The coals are amazingly hot throughout.
- Ease of starting
Every time I have used this, I've had one-match fires. Just one match was needed to get it started. You put two sheets of newspaper in the bottom and that's enough to get the coals started.