I love the taste of a good charcoal barbecue, but I hate the effort that it takes to get the coals going. I did come up with a technique to speed up the process involving an electric fan mounted on a handle, but that only works if you are near a power point and have a spare electric fan lying around for cannibalism. The 60 Second Charcoal Starter is a much better idea and it will let you do away with lighter fluid and all the other toxic nasties that tend to be thrown onto the coals to get them going.
Stick the metal tip of the starter charcoal and hold the button down to get the charcoal burning. Then point the starter at the coals and really get them cooking. It allegedly takes sixty seconds for the fan forced heat to get the charcoal ready. When they say heat, they are not kidding either, the 60 Second Charcoal Starter is good for 1,290° F, I guess that does not need to be prefaced with keep out of reach of children.
Price: $80 from Hammacher Schlemmer
Source: The Green Head