Grilling Tips - Firing Up The Charcoal Grill

March 18 [Wed], 2015, 11:06
Made with liquid butane, lighter fluid ignites easily and speeds the combustion of charcoal. Some charcoal is impregnated with a form of lighter fluid so that you don’t have to squirt it on. We prefer not to use lighter fluid or impregnated charcoal because petroleum products can lend an off flavor to foods. But the truth is that if you use lighter fluid carefully, squirting it only onto your fuel source, the petroleum will burn off by the time the coals are ready. We resort to lighter fluid only for large mounds of coals in big grills. If you use it, be careful not to squirt any on the sides of your grill because petroleum fumes will urn off more slowly there and may give your food a distasteful aroma.

Another form of contained butane, long stem butane lighters make it easy to light wood fires and chimney starters full of coals. Keep at least one on hand for easy fire-starting.

Resembling a big, perforated coffee can, a chimney starter makes charcoal grill incredibly easy without the need to resort to lighter fluid.

Resembling white ice cubes or big white dice with no dots, these fire starters can be used instead of paper to light a wood bbq fire pit, pyramid of coals, or chimney starter full of coals. They leave no aftertaste.