If we had a dragon, it would light our charcoal grill EVERY TIME. Unfortunately, we don't have a dragon, so we found the next best thing: The Chimney of Insanity Charcoal Starter by BBQ Dragon. Aside from the amazing name of this charcoal starter, it works the same (if not more efficiently) than a dragon. (And you were wondering where we were going with all this dragon talk, weren't you)?

Unlike other charcoal chimney starters that can take up to 20 minutes to work, the innovative 20-degree elbow draws in air faster and, in turn, gets your coals white-hot faster. Hilariously enough, if you are a big gadget guy or gal, you can buy the dragon fan attachment that pumps air into the chamber, and as you might imagine, this creates a real fire breathing experience. Torch everyone in the parking lot. Not seriously.


  • The unique side hole allows you to light your coals without lifting the chimney or using lighter fluid.
  • For optimum performance and optimum speed, check out the BBQ Dragon Fan. The clip-on fan can be used to blow air into the side hole of the chimney, turning it into an insane charcoal blast furnace!


  • It's bulky to bring to a tailgate.
  • If you get the fan attachment, and don't pay attention to how the Chimney is resting after you pour your coals into the grill, the residual heat can melt it.

You can find these for just under $30 on Amazon, which is significantly less than the cost of a dragon . . . and likely does not require the same amount of cleanup.

If you grab one of these, send us some pics and your thoughts for a chance to be one of our Featured Fans. (Use #HungryFan).

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