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Old 04-26-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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How to light a charcoal brazier.

Can anyone offer me any advice on how to light a brazier? I have one with the intention of cooking kebabs over it, but I can never get it to properly light and burn down.

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:21 PM   #2
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How to light a charcoal brazier.

How do you usually light it? I use a charcoal chimney with a couple sheets of newspaper stuffed in the bottom for my grill and hibachi. No lighter fluid needed. When the coals get ashy, I dump them in.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:25 PM   #3
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Try using a fire starter to light the coals, or some Sterno.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:26 PM   #4
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Ok everyone, I got this. I use a Webber Charcoal Kettle often, and have my ignition technique down to a science. I fist ball up individual sheets of newsprint, not glossy paper, usually four pages worth. I place those in the bottom of the kettle and pour used cooking oil over the paper leaving a bit of uncovered paper on each ball. Next, put the grid that hold the charcoal, or wood directly over the newsprint. Add charcoal. Ignite the paper with all grill vents wide open. The oil causes the fire to last long enough to ignite all of the charcoal bottoms. Then natural convection currents, and reflective heat cause the charcoal to fully burn/smoulder. While the charcoal is heating, prepare the food. By the time the food is ready to be cooked, the charcoal is ready to do its work.

Not only is this the fastest way to ignite charcoal, but it uses up used cooking oil as well.

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:31 PM   #5
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Chimney with news paper here as well. I also usually bank coals to one side to create a hot and cool zone.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:50 PM   #6
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Here is a picture of how to make and use a charcoal chimney. Any large metal can will work. Or you could buy something similar if it is available in Sussex.

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I have not thought of doing it that way. When I say brazier, I literally mean a clay bowl with a few holes in the side! I'll try the soaked newspaper method next time, it seems like it would work.
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I have not thought of doing it that way. When I say brazier, I literally mean a clay bowl with a few holes in the side! I'll try the soaked newspaper method next time, it seems like it would work.
Any way you do it, I hope your meal comes out stellar.

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Try using a fire starter to light the coals, or some Sterno.
Save the Sterno for the cocktails!
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Old 04-27-2015, 04:29 PM   #10
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I use a chimney but I start it on a propane camp stove.
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