Make a charcoal chimney

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Lighting charcoal briquets without lighter fluid is easy with this homemade Charcoal Chimney

Materials Needed

  • 1 #10 tin can (coffee can)
  • 1 can opener
  • 1 church key
  • 1 Wire coat hanger
  • 1 drill with a 3/16" (4mm) drill bit
  • 1 pair of diagonal cutters
  • 1 pair of needle nose plyers

The Process

  • Begin with a clean #10 tin can remove any labeling that may be on the can.
  • Using the can opener remove both ends to form a basic chimney (Fig 1)
  • Using the church key make a series of triangular holes on one side of the can seperated by about 2 inches (see illustration) (this side will be refered to as the bottom)
  • drill two sets of eight holes about 3 inches from the bottom of the can
  • open the coat hanger and straighten with the plyers


Fig 1. Removing the ends
Fig 2. Placing Triangular Holes
Fig 3. Threading the Hanger wire
Fig 4. Finished Wire Mesh
Fig 5. Finished product


Be careful, I cut myself twice while building this be smarter than me, use gloves.

More to come

This tutorial is unfinished I will finish it shortly and add another tutorial about How to Light charcoal without lighter fluid using this chimney


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