This Charcoal Starter takes the hassle out of lighting charcoal for use in either a barbecue or food smoker. Just fill with charcoal and light throuigh the vents in the base. No lighter fuel is needed as the cylinder shape sets the charcoal alight more quickly and establishes a heap of burning coals which you can pour into your charcoal tray. Also useful if, when food smoking, you are cooking a larger cut of meat and the charcoal base requires topping up partway through the cooking time. Holds approx 5lb of charcoal.