How do I light my charcoal grill?
There are several ways to light a charcoal fire. Here are the most tried and true methods.
The first method is using a petroleum based lighter fluid. Lay the charcoal out flat in the grill and coat it evenly with the lighter fluid. Then, stack the charcoal into a pyramid fashion and coat it again with fluid. Now here comes the important part - put the lighter fluid away. After you've safely moved the lighter fluid, light the bottom of the stack. Allow about 30 to 45 minutes for the petroleum vapors from the fluid to burn off. At this time the charcoal should have a light coating of gray ash on it. If so, you are then ready to begin.
Another way to go is making a charcoal chimney. This will initially start the fire slower, but you don't have to wait for the fluid to burn off. What you'll do here is place paper in the bottom of the chimney and fill it with charcoal. Light the paper and in about 15 minutes it should be ready to go. Pour the red hot glowing charcoal into the grill body and get ready to go to work! A large coffee can serve the same purpose, but it has no handles and care must be taken to avoid burns.