Originally Posted by Dawgluver
I like my Weber charcoal grill and my little hibachi. We've had a couple gas grills over the years, but they were too fiddly, and something or other always managed to rot out or rust. And I like playing with fire too...
A nice extra for a charcoal grill is a chimney. You shove a couple sheets of newspaper in its bottom, light, and voila, no need for lighter fluid.
I cheat when lighting my charcoal. These are the steps, in order to get that charcoal hot, in any configuration, in about 7 to 10 minutes time, from when the first flame is applied. There is not chemical or fuel flavor from starting fluids, and it's way faster than a chimney. Plus, it gets rid of unwanted material from my home.
1. I pull both grates out, put four crumpled sheets of advertisement newsprint around the bottom (after knocking the ashes out and opening the vents fully)
2. Douse the paper with old cooking oil until it's saturated.
3. Place the first grate over the paper.
4. Configure the charcoal for direct heat, indirect heat, smoking.
5. Use a long match, or lighter to ignite the paper.
6. place the top grate in place to allow the flames to burn off any food particles.
7. Prepare the food for grilling/barbecuing/smoking.
8. Lightly brush the top grate to clean off any ash.
9. cook your food.
By the time you prep your food for cooking, the grill will be hot. You also have a way to get rid of old cooking oil without clogging you drain pipes, or having to deal with oil or paper disposal. There is no petroleum flavor from lighter fluid. This technique get the charcoal lit and hot quickly, in about the same time as it takes to heat up a gas grill.
Just thought I'd share.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North