There hasn't been a lot of improvements in charcoal starters. This is the first big improvement that I have seen. It makes using charcoal cleaner, safer and more convenient. This is the 2nd one I am buying because I gave the first one to a friend.
Once you use it you won't want to be without it!
Pros: I like the drop-down bottom that releases the coals into the grill. I don't have to worry about getting burned or having paper ash fly everywhere.
With regular charcoal starters you have to flip the entire charcoal starter over to dump the hot charcoal out into the grill. The sparks can pop up and burn my arm and if you are using a large one, it can awkward to do. But with this one, I just put the charcoal starter in the grill where I want it, then squeeze the release handle and the hot charcoal drops out the bottom. No more flash up or sparks flying up. Very cool!
Pros: Easy and safer to use than standard charcoal starter
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