Unlike propane grills where the temperature can be easily set, charcoal grills can be a little temperamental. No matter how hard you try, it can be tough trying to get those coals to reach the right temperature to start cooking. So, a UK inventor, Paul Dorracott, has come up with a device to help increase the heat without the wait, reports Daily Post.

The 55-year-old Amlwch native designed the £17.99 blower – which resembles a hairdryer, while living in Spain. It was such a hit with BBC producers when he auditioned for Dragons’ Den they asked him to come on the show immediately, but he turned them down.

He told Business Post: “One day, when we were living in Marbella, I was blowing up an airbed with one of those handheld pumps when I saw my brother fanning the barbecue outside. “I went to garage, stuck a tube in it, taped it up and used it to blow air on the barbecue and it worked. It went from there.”

“We came up with a design but unfortunately I had a bad toolmaker so there were a lot of problems. It was so frustrating, a real struggle.”

Paul was forced to scrap the original model – despite it winning a British Inventors Award – and started again with the backing of a Xenos Business Angel, who funded it with £40,000.

“We went in front of an investor and managed to get one on board,” said Paul.

“We made a new tool and changed the design. There is a lot of difference as it goes straight into charcoal, can move it around and takes less than five minutes to get the barbecue ready.”

Photo from Jundor Barbecue Blower

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on June 24, 2011 in Inventions.

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