Lighting the Fire
There are 3 basic ways to light your charcoal:
1. Chimney Yep, the same way your dad did. It’s clean and efficient. You can buy a chimney at Home Depot/Lowe’s and most grocery stores for under $20. You put newspaper in the bottom, charcoal in the top. Remove you top grilling grate, place it on the bottom grate of your grill , light the paper and you’re on your way. 15 minutes later the chimney will be full of red-hot coals. Wear hot gloves to be safe, pick up the chimney and dump out the coals.
2. Lighter Fluid. I personally don’t like using lighter fluid, unless maybe I’m camping. Build a pyramid of coals. Spray a small amount of lighter fluid across your pyramid and light immediately. Do NOT let the fluid soak into the coals. Why not? Because it will give an undesirable taste to your meat.
3. Electric These are pretty cool and a clean way to light your coals. You need an outlet nearby obviously. Build a pyramid of coals with the metal ring in the middle. Make sure coals are all around the ring. Plug in and you’re done! After 10-15 minutes the coals will be lit enough for you to remove the metal ring. Be very careful – this will remain hot for quite a while so you need a safe place to keep it while it cools.