how to start charcoal without lighter fluid?
You can start charcoal without lighter fluid very quickly and safely when you want to have a barbecue. Besides a good Charcoal BBQ Grill, you need to use the right method to get your charcoal going quickly.
How to Start Charcoal The Fast Way?
There are several ways to light a charcoal barbecue fire and many barbecue experts will claim that their own favorite method, is the best way to start charcoal.
Some might use lighter fluid to light charcoal and think that this is the fast and easy method……Yea, maybe, but not my favorite choice, and you will see why I say so just in a moment.
In my opinion, lighter fluid or any type of chemical should NEVER EVER be used to ignite your charcoal. It could be dangerous if you don’t use it correctly and it is just not safe!
..adding lighter fluid to boost your charcoal; Taboo…….it is dangerous!
The Traditional Method…
Of course, you can use one of the oldest methods there is to light your charcoal, and here I am NOT referring to this ancient method…….
………but you could try out this method on a day you have nothing to do!
Instead, you can use old sheets of newspaper that are lying around the house. On the other hand, a newspaper is less expensive and safer than those harmful lighter fluid, isn’t it?
Simply crumple the newspaper and place them on the charcoal grate, add and arrange the charcoal on top, and light the newspaper underneath the charcoal. You will get results…
…BUT, still not my ideal choice of getting your charcoal ready fast.
This Is My method….
The easiest, fastest and the best way to start a charcoal fire is with some sheets of newspaper and briquettes. You can also use lump charcoal, but I found that briquettes work better for me. Then you need one of those helpful barbecue grill accessories known as a Charcoal Chimney Starter.
A chimney starter is one of those essential bbq tools I recommend you should have next to your barbecue grill. Once you get used to a chimney starter, you will find it difficult to be without one, starting your charcoal fire. I reviewed different types of Chimney Starters on my website, the common cylinder starter and the folding starter.
A Charcoal Chimney Starter is easy to use and with a few easy steps, you will have your coals hot and ready in no time.
This is the Charcoal Chimney Fire Starter….
Using this tool, in my opinion, is the fastest, safest, easiest, and the best way to start charcoal without using fire starters, fire lighter fluid or chemicals!
Fastest? Air drags through the holes in the chimney burning the charcoal quicker
Safest? NO chemicals are used
Easiest? Anyone can use it. Even a lady, at her own risk (kidding ladies!); or a child, under the supervision of an adult (but not recommended)
Just a quick tip: A good idea is to slip on your favorite BBQ apron, before preparing the barbecue grill and handling the charcoal; you don’t want your clothes to get dirty while entertaining your BBQ guests, do you?
How do you use a Chimney Starter? – Follow these easy steps ~
Use 2 or 3 sheets of newspaper, crumple or fold them and place them in the lower part of the chimney (Tip: Add some vegetable oil on the newspaper to let it burn longer if you want to)
Next, place the chimney on the charcoal grate with the newspaper inside the chimney.
Then, fill the chimney steadily with charcoal but do not overfill.
Next, you want to ignite the newspaper through the bottom holes of the chimney on either side to make sure the newspaper ignites all around.
Then you can sit back and enjoy your favorite drink, or two!!!
Wait for about 10-15 minutes until you see glowing charcoal beneath the chimney
Then you can slowly dump out the charcoal on the charcoal grate, and spread them the way you need to arrange the charcoal for your specific grilling needs.
Now you are ready to grill on your red hot charcoal!
The Chimney Starter works perfectly even on small size grills.
…or you can double them up on larger grills to burn more coals if you like. It all depends on what you are going to grill and for how long.
Where to get one of these very helpful tools?
These days there are several brands and varieties of Chimney Starters to choose from. Some can fold up for easier storage. Some have a cylinder shape and others are rectangular. They ALL do exactly the same convenient job.
***Here are my top recommendations ~
The Stainless Steel Folding Chimney Fire Starter available on LAZADA.com
New Stainless Steel Folding Charcoal Starter Outdoor BBQ Grill Chimney Starter on eBay
TOMSHOO BBQ Chimney Starter on LAZADA.com
Or, choose one of the Weber variations here!
The Weber Charcoal Chimney Starters Black available on eBay
The Weber Charcoal Chimney Starters Rapidfire available on eBay
There you have it! This is a quick, safe and easy way to start your charcoal barbecue.
I think I have answered your question on how to start charcoal without using harmful chemicals or other types of fire lighters.
I hope you will enjoy your next barbecue startup!
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Feel free to leave a comment below about your Charcoal Chimney Starter experience, or let me know what method works best for you.