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Postby canned o minimum » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:46 pm

And ya STILL prolly never killed nobody along the way neither...

My Dad didn't spare the rod on us kids and none of us is a child molester or bank robber or the like...
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Postby TheresaD » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:49 pm

I never knew about the increased risk of carbon monoxide fumes with charcoal. Bob Henry thanks for that explanation. I don't use charcoal very often but it's good to know this info for when I do. :thumbsup:
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Postby boomboomtulum » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:07 pm

This story should fit here somewhere in this thread since were on the BBQ inside discussion.

Several years ago my neighbor was Grilling with his hibachi inside on the floor watching TV, he had the front and rear doors open for ventilation (so that makes it OK?) when my Dog at the time ran in the front door grabbed his grilling steak off the grill and ran out the back door. I could here yelling next door and went outside to see my dog run around my house with steck in mouth, through the gate and into his dog house in the backyard, my neighbor was pissed :x :x he told me the story and i had to laugh at him which made him even more angry. Anyway years later he still talks about it now laughing with me.
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Postby doitright » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:18 pm

Something to think about is the co builds up in you blood over time. You do not only have to breath it as it can be adsorbed by the skin also. So small amount of co in your camper for a weekend may not get you but over several weekends it may. The best thing to do is get a co detector. If it goes off get out and get some other heat. I always try things to heat my rear door Scotty and always have my wally world co detector in there with a good battery. My wife said a $20.00 detector is cheaper than a $5000. casket.
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Postby canned o minimum » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:23 pm

Good thin g is..I'm NOT an idiot..a little cautious maybe, but not off my rocker. So it's carbon MONOxide and yes it IS dangerous.

Jus please be careful peeps !!
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Postby doitright » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:58 am

canned o minimum wrote:. So it's carbon MONOxide and yes it IS dangerous.

Jus please be careful peeps !!


That is true CO is carbon monoxide, also called carbonous oxide. It is one carbon atom and one oxygen atom. It is deadly, colorless, odorless,and tasteless gas. JUST EASY TO PUT (CO). Yes people know carbon monoxide and may not understand (co).
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Postby john warren » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:39 am

yup a wad of paper in the bottom of that chimney thing and it works great.
if you a cheapo like me you can use a large coffee can with top and bottom cut out. or a salvaged hunk of stovepipe, or a tin ollive oil can from restraunts.
sort of fun to pull out something like that and have a dandy fire going in just a few minutes time
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Postby bobhenry » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:26 am

For a couple of years I used a tomatoe juice can with a smaller can dropped inside to raise the coal bed. I think the little squatty can was a beef stew can but I know a la choy chow mein can fits nice.

Got out a can piercer and went crazy around the bottom side of the juice can then pierced holes around the bottom side and the top outer edge of the little squatty can.

I simply dropped the paper in first and loaded the charcoal and lit a small tail of the paper it made a great little chimney !
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Postby bobhenry » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:23 pm

bobhenry wrote:For a couple of years I used a tomatoe juice can with a smaller can dropped inside to raise the coal bed. I think the little squatty can was a beef stew can but I know a la choy chow mein can fits nice.

Got out a can piercer and went crazy around the bottom side of the juice can then pierced holes around the bottom side and the top outer edge of the little squatty can.

I simply dropped the paper in first and loaded the charcoal and lit a small tail of the paper it made a great little chimney !


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takes about 4 minutes start to finish to make one. All you need is a can opener , a can piercer , and a pair if tin snips.

To start your charcoal just drop in the paper then the little can as a stand off then your briquetts. This one holds eighteen :(

Now just light the paper thru a hole at the bottom of the tomato juice can and stand by.

I found the brooks chili bean can also fits. I got clever and cut top and bottom out of the this one and used it as an extention to the top to add additional briquetts to the now taller chimney.
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Postby CAJUN LADY » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:33 am

I don't know if it's just my imagination or not but I do notice a difference in the coals when we use charcoal starter instead of starting them in the chimney. The coals seem to burn hotter with the starter and more smoke comes out when cooking. I didn't notice it the first time but definately when I cooked a steak it didn't seem to smoke very much and it took a little longer. The charcoal isn't old so that is not a factor.

Hmmm... :thinking:
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Postby dratkinson » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:03 pm

bobhenry wrote:
bobhenry wrote:For a couple of years I used a tomatoe juice can with a smaller can dropped inside to raise the coal bed. I think the little squatty can was a beef stew can but I know a la choy chow mein can fits nice.

Got out a can piercer and went crazy around the bottom side of the juice can then pierced holes around the bottom side and the top outer edge of the little squatty can.

I simply dropped the paper in first and loaded the charcoal and lit a small tail of the paper it made a great little chimney !


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Your's sounds like a good idea to save some money by not needing to buy a chimney charcoal starter.

I understand the larger can's air holes (and solid bottom) are on the bottom for air vents.

But after that, I become confused.

My confusion is:

Charcoal.

Do you put the charcoal in the little can on top, or is it placed on top of the paper in the bottom can?

From raise the coal bed I think you are putting the charcoal in the little can on top.

From your picture (above), the top can's open bottom is downward, so I think the charcoal is placed on top of the paper.

Top can.

Is the little can on top used to create a chimney, or does it hold the charcoal?

Is the little can's closed end (with holes) on top or on the bottom?



Sorry to be so dense.
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Postby mikeschn » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:58 pm

Why doesn't anyone use charcoal lighter any more?

It does burn off after the first few minutes ya know, and then it's as clean as if you had used newspaper or similar method...

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Postby caseydog » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:17 pm

mikeschn wrote:Why doesn't anyone use charcoal lighter any more?

It does burn off after the first few minutes ya know, and then it's as clean as if you had used newspaper or similar method...

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I sometimes use it in my chimney starter, but instead of soaking all the charcoal, I just soak a few briquettes, and put them at the bottom of the pile.

Honestly, the fluid does burn off, but I only use lighter fluid is it is all I can find. I find that a parafin cube under a chimney starter is flat out the best method that I have found to get a good pile of charcoal evenly lit in a reasonable amount of time.

Charcoal starter fluid works, but in my experience, the chimney starter and a parafin cube just works best.

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Postby campmaster-k » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:48 pm

I dont use lighter fluid any more because sometimes I spill it in the living room and the carpet and couch catch fire. Even when Im real careful it leaves a big black soot ring on the ceiling. :lol:

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