Grilling Season is finally here. Get cooking with a Charcoal Chimney from Whisk

It looks like it’s safe to say that Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner! That means it’s officially grilling season and we are thrilled!


We’re big fans of charcoal grilling for the best smoky, outdoor flavor, but we know that it can be a pain in the butt to get your charcoal lit without dousing it with lighter fluid and ruining that woodsy flavor.

To solve this challenge, we looked to one of our favorite magazines. According to a grilling gadgets article from Cooks Illustrated,

“Chimney starters eliminate the need for lighter fluid, which some of our more sensitive tasters swear they can taste residually on the grilled food… A chimney starter is cylindrical with an attached heatsafe handle. It resembles a huge beer mug. Inside the cylinder, just a few inches up from the bottom, a perforated metal plate separates the large upper chamber from the small lower chamber. Different models of chimney starters show very little variation. Some have wooden handles, some have plastic handles, but all do just about the same thing…
Expect to pay between $15 and $30 for a chimney starter—a very modest investment for such a useful tool.”

To use a charcoal chimney, simply stuff ripped, crumpled newspaper or brown paper bags into the bottom chamber, and fill the upper chamber with charcoal. When you light the paper, the design of the chimney will pull the flames up through the charcoal and in about 15 minutes it’ll be ready to use. It really is that simple!


Whisk’s favorite chimney starter from Fox Run is only $18!


New York Magazine – Critic’s Pick

This family-run neighborhood kitchen shop offers a chic yet comfortable shopping space for longtime locals and younger, condo-owning gourmands. Opened in November 2008 by the Canadian Patten clan—also the folks behind Williamsburg’s UVA Wines and Dumbo’s Blanc & Rouge—the grown-up kitchen store is an antidote for aesthetically-minded foodies who simply can’t bear the indignity of schleping to Bed Bath & Beyond for their cooking and baking gear.
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Run by the same owners of UVA wines just down the road, Whisk offers all the cooking and dining ware that the at-home chef needs to go from kitchen to table. Helpful staff matches items to best suit your cooking aspirations. Products by Le Creuset, Cuisinart, and Mario Batali, iron cookware by French brand Staub, and pepper mills by Peugeot stock this two-room shop. Cookbooks also available for further culinary encouragement.
An adorable kitchen supply shop with a great selection, super-friendly staff and cool services like knife sharpening (on a stone, by hand not a machine).
– Jacqueline Lombard, Top Chef

* Good Service
* Great Sales