Hammacher Schlemmer is selling this “60 Second Charcoal Starter,” essentially a heat gun that blankets briquets in 1,300 degree air. Stick the heat gun in the charcoal, wait until it sparks, and then leave the blower on for another 60 seconds. There’s one clear benefit of the $80 device: no nasty tasting lighter fluid on your briquets.
On the other hand, a chimney starter can usually be found for ten bucks or so at the hardware store and doesn’t require electricity and attendance next to the grill for a minute.
Now I’m hungry. Only a couple more months until it’s barbecue season!