Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: BBQ Dragon Fire Supercharger

By Dru Chai

Are you an impatient BBQ griller or smoker? Are there times when you're HANGRY (angry and hungry at the same time)? When I'm hangry, I'm daydreaming about biting into a big, fat juicy steak, burger, or hot dog. I'm too lazy to drive elsewhere for takeout, and even if I do, the food certainly doesn't compare to my own BBQ grilling and smoking.

The last thing on my mind is waiting for the charcoal to light up. I want to get straight to the fun part -- grilling and smoking the MEAT. That's where the BBQ Dragon comes in handy.

Technically, it can also blow dry your hair

I've been testing out the BBQ Dragon for several weeks, checking to see where the device fits within my normal day-to-day grilling and smoking sessions. Simply put, the BBQ Dragon is a device that blows air onto charcoal or wood, which helps to increase airflow to "jumpstart" the fire. I have a Weber Kettle Grill and a Weber Smoky Mountain (WSM) smoker, so I consider myself an avid charcoal user and targeted customer for this BBQ product.

The BBQ Dragon is like a jolt of steroids for the chimney starter

I primarily used the BBQ Dragon two ways -- directly on the chimney starter and for my smoker. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes to get the charcoal fully lit at the top, but with the BBQ Dragon the time was cut in half. On my WSM, when the charcoal is about to die off, I simply fired up the BBQ Dragon to get the flames roaring again in no time.

My smoker getting a heavy dosage of BBQ Dragon breath

There's no question that the BBQ Dragon does what it's supposed to do. If you're someone who values your precious time (I'm hangry!), this is a product that will speed up the boring process of waiting for your charcoal fire to get up and running so you can get right to the grilling and smoking.

Dirty Smoke rating - 4.0 of 5 stars
Pros - Well built, ergonomic handle and sturdy clamp, variable fan speed setting
Cons - Not inexpensive, regular batteries run out rather quickly
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