Starting Charcoal

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Does anyone here have difficulty starting charcoal for barbeques? If you do barbeque, what is your preferred method of starting the fire? What are your thoughts on lighter fluid, gasoline, presoaked briquets, wax and sawdust fire starters, newspaper tower starters, etc.?

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I find a flamethrower works great and you don't have to worry about using too much lighter fluid. Of course you have to practice to get just the BBQ.
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I prefer a gas grill myself. Nice and efficient.
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Well generally if I'm using charcoal and am having trouble lighting it I just squirt some lighter fluid on and give it another go. If its windy I'll try to keep the wind off of it until it gets going. I just use matches, I'm not so sure about using gasoline in a grill, sounds like a recipe for injuries. Newspaper makes an awful nasty smoke (I suppose if it all burned off before you started cooking....) But yeah, it can be a pain.

As for my preferred method of cooking, some people swear by hickory and other things to flavor the meat, I just have a gas grill.

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Originally written by The Worst Man Ever:

I prefer a gas grill myself. Nice and efficient.
Agreed.

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[ Friday, July 21, 2006 20:36: Message edited by: Spring ]

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What shrimp joke?

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Gas grills seem to be the way to go. I tend to stay away from all those extras; a bit of lighter fluid should do the trick. You really don't need the other things you mentioned.

Hickory is pretty good, by the way, as is applewood...

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I have one of those heating rods that you plug in and it gets hot and starts to glow.

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I use a George Foreman grill. Much easier to clean up.

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For start the fire, the better solution for me is use the "Accendina". I don't know how I can traslate it in English; it is a cube that can burn for many minutes before melt. With this "ethernal fire", the wood is easy to burn.

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EDIT: Don't even think about the saying the shrimp joke. Anyone.
No worries, mate.

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I use a George Foreman grill.
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Originally written by Garrison:

Does anyone here have difficulty starting charcoal for barbeques? If you do barbeque, what is your preferred method of starting the fire? What are your thoughts on lighter fluid, gasoline, presoaked briquets, wax and sawdust fire starters, newspaper tower starters, etc.?
Can't say I've ever had trouble with that. I lay out the coals (nothing special, just regular charcoal) in a pryamid like formation, drench them in lighter fluid, let it soak for a minute or so and light them. I usually just start it with one of those conventional grill lighters you buy at the grocery store.

After that, wait for the flames to die out and then place the meat on the grill. Place the cover on to help maintain heat, but make sure the holes are open so the coals can get enough oxygen.

If you have trouble, the most likely candidate would be the charcoal itself. Make sure it's stored in a cool, dry place. Excessive moisture is not good for it. Otherwise, try purchasing your charcoal from a different store as it is not inconceivable that the place you bought it from does not handle it appropriately.

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In the past year or two, it has been easy to start the fire because I had the sawdust and wax starters. They make more smoke than an unmuffled 18-wheeler. However, they haven't failed to start a fire yet. They even work great for camping in case you cannot get the boyscout techniques to work.

However, in past years sometimes the charcoal was quite damp from the bag being open too long. The worst time was during a family reunion where everybody was waiting for some food for almost an hour.

Now, after running out of the aforementioned starters, I played around with different ideas and finally came up with a seemingly foolproof way to do it from now on. Considering that I built the contraption myself in a few minutes, I think it is original. I may post up some more info on it after I get some breakfast.

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I have a gas grill myself that has an electronic ignition thingy to light it. Works nicely.

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Used gas and charcoal extensively. Hardwood charcoal (not briquettes) = teh win.

When I fire up my Big Green Egg, I use little fire-starters packs, the sterno things you light and forget. Used several brands. They're fantastic.

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I am peeved because I cannot go out into my little garden and patio area: I have ground nesting bees. They make having a barbeque difficult, and most people do not like being invited to gatherings where they get stung repeatedly.

This is the first time I have seen them in such numbers before, and though they are cute because they are so small, they still pack a small stinger. I am killing them off, one by one.

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