Heat Beads® Quickstart Chimney Review

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 18:03
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There have been a few posts from time to time on ways of lighting your heatbeads, for use in the Cobb, for the camp Oven, or any other apparatus using this type of fuel.

Thought I’d give a “review” on the latest gadget I have just purchased.

The Heat Beads® Quickstart Chimney is a way of getting your Heat Beads® burning quickly and evenly.

I have in the past used things such as a gas burner, gas torch and mentholated spirits to speed up the process. Well the Quickstart Chimney really works. I only needed 8 beads to put in the Cobb, to cook a lump of Pork we are having for dinner tonight.
The chimney is suitable for the normal variety of Heat Beads® or the “Easy lites” I have been using, but which don’t light quite as easily after they have been opened for a while.

I placed two firelighters on a cake stand sitting in an old frypan, ignited them and placed the Chimney on top. Went inside to prepare the vegetables which I placed in the Cobb’s moat. This process took about 15-20 mins. Took the Cobb outside and all 8 Beads were burning evenly with a coating of brown ash over them. With a pair of tongs, then transferred the Beads into the fire Basket of the Cobb, shoved the lid on it and am now sitting here writing this, sipping on a Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz while waiting the hour and a half or so that dinner will take to cook.

Yes, I know, another piece of camping hardware to cart around. But I just love “knick knacks”. With this device, I’ll be able to go back to the standard Heat Beads® which are cheaper than the Easy Lites, so I’ll recover the cost in Oh, a couple of years:-))

Where d’ya get them? $29.95 at your local Barbeques Galore Store.

Oh! and no, I do not have shares in the Heat Beads® Company.
Just another option some people may care to consider.

See Ya!. Got to turn the Pork.

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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 18:27

Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 18:27
I have an empty pineapple tin with holes punched in the bottom. I light the beads in this. They light quicker as they are bunched up. Cost $0.00.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 19:45

Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 19:45
But you had to buy the tin of pineapple first.

You're no fun Mikee. You have to have the "right" stuff.

I could have constructed a home made one myself, but I was in the shop, I saw them, I thought, gotta have one and bought it.

Didn't have time to make one anyway:-))

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Follow Up By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 20:09

Sunday, Jun 10, 2007 at 20:09
Me, too ............

I gots me a bulk pineapple tin, lid and bottom removed and bottom replaced with a pices of 10mm sq. birdwire ........ fired over the $20 gas stove for a few minutes and bingo ............. hup, hup and away !!!!

Cost also $0.00 ........ also doubles as a carry-tin for the heat beads.
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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Monday, Jun 11, 2007 at 09:58

Monday, Jun 11, 2007 at 09:58
Yeah I got one given to me as a present and it works very well to fire the beads up for my webber. I just put some paper under the coals couple of fireligters and away she goes I can get, if memory serves me well about 60 beads in it and only takes 10 - 15mins to fire up ready to us.

Tin can will do the same but wheres the fun in that lol ........

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