Make a charcoal chimney
Lighting charcoal briquettes without lighter fluid is easy with this homemade Charcoal Chimney
- 1 #10 tin can (coffee can)
- 1 can opener
- 1 church key
- 2 Wire coat hangers
- 1 drill with a 1/8" drill bit
- 1 pair of diagonal cutters
- 1 pair of needle nose pliers
Making the Charcoal Chimney
Placing the holes
- Begin with a clean #10 tin can remove any labeling that may be on the can.
- With 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 separated by about 2 inches (see Fig 2.) (this side will be referred to as the bottom)
- Drill two sets of eight holes about 3 inches from the bottom of the can (see Fig 3.) with about 3/4 of an inch separating the 2 holes in each set
- Drill 4 holes for handle (see illustration)
Making a Wire Mesh
- Open the coat hangers and straighten with the pliers
- Cut the coat hanger into 12 8 inch pieces using the diagonal cutters
- With the pliers form a hook at one end of each of the 12 pieces of wire about 3/4" in diameter
Threading the Holes
- Thread the straight end of the wire through the can to it's opposite hole making sure to thread the hook end into it's corresponding hole
- With the pliers form a hook at the opposite end of each of the wire and thread through it's corresponding hole.
- Using the pliers bend the hooks on the inside part of the can so they cannot be removed
- repeat for each wire
- Be careful, I cut myself twice while building this be smarter than me, use gloves.
- I make absolutely no claim to the safety of this project, make it and use it at your own risk. There are professionally built Charcoal Chimneys on the market (see #Amazon's Related Products below please consider buying one if for any reason you feel uncomfortable about making your own.
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