To light a charcoal fire, place the coals in a pyramid shape 20 to 30 minutes prior to cooking. The pyramid provides ventilation for the coals to catch fire.
To start with lighter fluid, soak the coals with about 1/2 cup fluid. Wait 1 minute to let the fluid soak in, then light with a match. NEVER use gasoline or kerosene because either one can cause an explosion.
Grilling with charcoal is fast , easy and allows the food to cook evenly.
To use an electric starter, place the starter in the center of the pyramid and
plug in. Once ash begins forming, after about 8 to 10 minutes, unplug the starter and remove it. The starter will be very hot and should cool in a safe, heatproof place.
To light a fire with a chimney starter, remove the cooking grid and place the starter in the grill. Place a few sheets of crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the starter. Fill the top with coals and then light the newspaper. After about 20 to 30 minutes, when the coals are ready, carefully remove the hot starter.
Indoor grilling is becoming more and more popular these days. The equipment is different, but the concept is the same. Learn about indoor grilling on the next page of this article.
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