Originally Posted by sjohnson
Do you have to use the firestarter in the video, or can simple charcoal lighter fluid be used? I'd hate being locked in to some specialized starter system. Other than that, it looks like a decent (though for the price, it better be!) system.
You don't have to use that exact fire starter they show, but they do recommend using a solid fire starter, rather than pouring starter fluid into it. You could use the wax impregnated saw dust sticks commonly found.
If you wanted to use starter fluid, you would need to soak your coals in a separate container and then transfer them to the Cobb Cooker for lighting.
Myself, I use a chimney starter no matter how I'm grilling. I start my coals in the chimney and transfer them to the Cooker. I prefer that to lighter fluid any day.
I know some people might find it a bit pricey. True, it's not "cheap", but it also is not cheaply constructed. The dome lid and the moat/fire pit and racks are all stainless. If you get the Premium model, the base is stainless too. The gauge thickness of the components is very suitable and the components are strong...not flimsy. Heck, depending on how much you grill or roast outdoors, you will eventually save much of your money back in charcoal you did not have to buy.