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I don't use a chimney.

Crumble up paper.
Lightly soak them in charcoal lighter fluid

Place a layer of broken twigs/sticks on top
Small pieces then thicker pieces
In a square pattern to allow air flow

Place the grid on top with the charcoal
Then light the paper

Within a minute the paper is all in flames - real hot
The sticks retain the flame and light the charcoal
Within 10 minutes, the charcoal lighter is gone, and coals are white hot

Been doing this method for 30 years
Gone through 2 different Weber Kettle Grills - still think they're great
You can also smoke on the Kettle grill - just a little more work

Whenever you're done cooking, close all the vents
This will save the remaining charcoal, so the next time you cook, you don't need to use as much charcoal.

We have a Weber side table attached - makes it easier to place dishes
(Before I used a 55 gallon drum upside down. For some reason my spouse thought that looked trashy. A number of years ago, she bought the side table for my birthday)

best wishes to everyone at the BBQ board,
Barry
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