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    Weber Rapid Fire Charcoal Chimney Sizes & Capacities Pictorial

    I thought I'd make a post showing the capacity of the 2 Weber charcoal chimneys in pictures. Hopefully this will give you a visual and save you the need to count briquettes.


    Here's a side by side of them for comparison purposes.

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    This pictorial used standard Kingsford Original briquettes



    Large (regular) Weber Rapid Fire Chimney, right side up.
    This is dropping the briquettes in by twos

    20 briquettes:

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    40 briquettes (between top 2 holes, roughly):

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    60 briquettes (holes buried):

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    80 briquettes:

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    100 briquettes (full but not heaping):

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    And below is dumping the bag straight in until it looked the same fullness as above, then counting how many there were. I thought dumping them in all at once might lead to less in there since they'd fall in all odd placements. As chance has it there were exactly 100 full briquettes and some small pieces!

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    Large (regular) Weber Rapid Fire Chimney, upside down. Using the chimney upside down is helpful for smaller loads, plus a lighter cube will fit right in the concave grates nicely.

    20 briquettes:

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    40 briquettes:

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    Compact (small) Weber Rapid Fire Chimney, right side up.

    10briquettes:

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    20 briquettes:

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    30 briquettes (near top of holes, roughly):

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    40 briquettes (full but not heaping):

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    Compact (small) Weber Rapid Fire Chimney, upside down.


    20 briquettes (full, slightly heaped):

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    #2
    I thought it was a rain cover for my kj cap did not know you could put charcoal in them

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      And you can eat on the plate! (don't you use a plate on top of that for the rain shield? If not, then my comment makes no sense.)

    • customtrim
      customtrim commented
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      Huskee I do use it on top but not to eat off of. Thanks for the post nice useful info

    #3
    Thanks for the info Huskee Funny I never thought of turning the chimney upside down. That will be helpful.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      My pleasure Steve.

    #4
    I'm still using some cheap rusty ones from the outlet store. Before that I used an old piece of stove pipe. Are the Weber ones significantly better somehow?
    Last edited by Attjack; October 22, 2019, 04:38 PM.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Hard to say. I used a cheapy from Kmart until the bottom rusted out, which was only 3 years max I'd say. The Webers have a sturdy wire grate in the bottom whcih in probably 6 or 7 years hasn't come close to giving out...and being aluminized steel they don't rust easily. And they're only $15 for the large.

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      I almost bought a small one with my Jumbo Joe recently. But since I didn't maybe I'll wait until one of my cheapies rust out.

    • TheQuietOne
      TheQuietOne commented
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      I've used Weber and DIY chimneys. I give the nod to Weber. I'd love it if they'd porcelainize the chimneys like they do the grills. My last chimney lasted ONLY ten years.

    #5
    This is why flipping it upside down is handy for me, the lighter cube fits quite nicely in there to light a smaller load of coals. Then just dump & go.

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    • mnavarre
      mnavarre commented
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      And you just solved my "how to light 15 briquettes for the PBJr." dilemma.

    • FireMan
      FireMan commented
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      Yeah, duh! 🕶

    #6
    Thanks for conducting this research and publishing the information for the rest of us! I for one never thought to turn the chimney upside down. Probably wouldn't work for me anyway since I use either the Weber Performer gas burner to light the chimney, or if using 2 or 3 chimneys for my big grill, I break off chunks of some Duraflame fire starters that I keep for use in my fireplace (I can get 4-5 chimney starters from one of those Duraflame sticks). I put the Duraflame chunk on the charcoal grate or on the ground (on a patio paver) before setting the chimney(s) over it.

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      #7
      The smaller chimney is great for two boneless and skinless chicken breasts. And 10 -15 briquettes in it downside up is enough charcoal to get the job done. Bonus is that the Performer with the gas assist lighting still works with it downside up.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Good to know, thanks!

      #8
      Much appreciated Huskee. Very helpful tutorial. fzxdoc likes another small chimney over the web. I wonder how they compare.

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      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        Wonder if she is talking about the PBC chimney, since she is the PBC Queen?

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        She uses the Char Broil Half Time if memory serves, and uses it for the PBC. I have that one too, no pictorial tests on it though. It's wider but stubby.

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Yup, jfmorris and FireMan , I use the Char Broil Half Time chimney and really like it. I posted a comparison with the Weber Compact Chimney on this topic:

        https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...act#post215808

        Kathryn

      #9
      Thanks, Huskee.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        My pleasure Hawker.

      #10
      Thanks!

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        #11
        Huskee, Thanks for This Helpful Post❗️ Like jfmorris I Use the Propane Ignitor and the Compact Weber Starter to Light Coals For My Vortex Med Cone❗️ Works Great for Chicken Parts, Steaks and Salmon and Anything Else You Want To Reverse Sear IMLTHOP❗️
        From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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          #12
          Very good tutorial thanks for taking the time to post. I use charcoal only to light my sticks in the stick burners. I pour little less than a full chimney and set it on top one of the propane burners and in 5 minutes it's a chimney full of red hots. Pour it in the firebox throw some sticks on top and let the fun begin!

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          • DWCowles
            DWCowles commented
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            I must be the only person that doesn’t put charcoal in a stickburner. I just put in 4 logs (in the summer, 5-6 in the winter) and put the bush burner to it.

          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
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            Me too. I use about 1/2 to 2/3 chimney of lit coals, and pour them in and stack my splits on top. I don't have the patience to stand there with a weed burner. We have lots of mosquitoes where I live, being woodsy and near ponds.

          • Frozen Smoke
            Frozen Smoke commented
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            I probably use more charcoal than I need to start my sticks and will work on cutting back. I have a weed burner I could use but it's never handy it's in the storage shed which is not user friendly due to too much storage and too little shed!

          #13
          There ya have it. Huskee ‘s test & Kathryn’s test ( fzxdoc ). Now go out & cook!
          Muchos gracias to the two of you.

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          • tbob4
            tbob4 commented
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            Huskee - I think this topic/post is a keeper

          • jfmorris
            jfmorris commented
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            Huskee we need to file this under charcoal or something appropriate. Your pictures in the first post are very helpful.

          #14
          Done! tbob4 and jfmorris

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            #15
            I have been using the large Weber in the upside down position for starting coals since I got my Smokenator a long time back, well before the SnS came along. The instructions called for removing 10 coals lighting them and returning them.

            Huskee excellent write up and well done

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