Is Coffee Can safe to use as chimney starter?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by billybobs, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. billybobs

    billybobs Newbie

    i read about a DYI coffee can charcoal start and it sounded easy to make.  But then i started reading about how some cans have plastic coatings on the inside or are coated in tin or w/e, and then part of making the starter involves coat hangers which means brass most likely.  So i have no idea if any of that applies to can's made today, i don't know what they are made of, basically i don't know anything.

    so long story short is it safe?  or will toxic fumes be given off and coating the grill and air around me ect ect?

    also i kind of have the same question about making a little smoke box for wood chips, ive been wrapping them in aluminum foils, so i wanted to make a little can out of a soup can or something to put near or on the coals, so same question really, any toxic fumes?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Billy, morning and welcome to the forum...    Both of your ideas are doable...   Burn the cans out to remove the plating and you are good to go....   I still have a coffee can I used for a starter...  Works....  

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    We're glad you stopped in and joined our group...    Enjoy the long smokey ride....     Dave
  3. When I had a Boy Scout Troop many years ago we attended the annual Scout Show. One year for our demonstration we cooked Jambalaya over charcoal. We used coffee can chimneys to start the coals. They worked great.

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