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Old 06-24-2006, 12:44 AM   #31
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thanks for the tip kelly, will try it.

and thanks also lizaand. i've never seen cans that big (giggle, man, i'm immature ) for chips, but i have seen other canned food products like tomatoes that would work. you may need to use a pair of cans to be able to satisfy your grill.
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:27 AM   #32
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Another great starte that requires vertually no equipment is to take a coffe or juice can, cut it in half, and stuff it with corrugated cardboard and a candle whick. You just jelly-roll the cardboard as tight as possible and stuff the circle into the can. Next, melt some paraffin and pur it into the can. It will soak into the cardboard and provid lots of fuel to start the charcoal either in the grill, or in the chimney. And it can be reused many times. This also creates an emergency fuel for disaster preparedness kits. You can also use it in place of Sterno for a pan warmer, or to cook over.

My wife taught me this neat little device.

If using under the charcoal grill, make sure you have a way for extracting the fuel can from under the hot charcoal if you plan on re-using it.

Another absolutely phenominal fire starter is wax covered paper cups. Just rinse out the paper cups after they are used, and stack them together. Save them up. When lightling the charcoal, place the cups under the fire grate and light them. The was causes them to burn completely and for a good amount of time, sufficient to completely light the charcoal. And you don't have to worry about removing the homemade fuel canister.

This of course is for crazy do-it-yourselfers like me.

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Old 06-24-2006, 01:58 AM   #33
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Another great starte that requires vertually no equipment is to take a coffe or juice can, cut it in half, and stuff it with corrugated cardboard and a candle whick. You just jelly-roll the cardboard as tight as possible and stuff the circle into the can. Next, melt some paraffin and pur it into the can. It will soak into the cardboard and provid lots of fuel to start the charcoal either in the grill, or in the chimney. And it can be reused many times. This also creates an emergency fuel for disaster preparedness kits. You can also use it in place of Sterno for a pan warmer, or to cook over.

My wife taught me this neat little device.
hmmm, i wonder goodweed. did you first discover these strategically placed under your "6" when there's work to be done?
women are good for that, ya know.
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:41 PM   #34
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Ok, I got me one of those chimney things and it worked great. I will never use lighter fluid again. The food did taste different, almost purer. It did smoke to high heavens, but I like the fact that the flames were much more contained than just lighting them up in the grill. Great idea, great thread, I learned something new and useful!
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Old 08-13-2006, 02:46 PM   #35
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I like using the new Kingsford charcole with the mesquite pieces in the briquettes.
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Old 08-13-2006, 04:25 PM   #36
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Natural hardwood charcoal and a chimney starter. No lighter fluid.
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:57 PM   #37
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Another chimney tip

Use a piece or two of fatwood instead of newspaper. Costs more. But it works every time. I sometimes have to load the chimney with newspaper twice because of wind, or bad crinkling of the paper. But fatwood just lights up and burns. Puts out dark smoke to start, but that dissipates quickly.

Fatwood can be purchased at most any hardware store, Walmart, Homedepot and so on. This link gives a good description, but it's not a consumer sales point.

http://www.fatwood.com/

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that's interesting thymeless.

is there any residual pine taste from the sticks? i'd think there would be since you're burning off pitch.
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that's interesting thymeless.

is there any residual pine taste from the sticks? i'd think there would be since you're burning off pitch.
Good point, bucky. I've always seem fatwood being sold for strating fires in fireplaces or wood stoves, never for cooking fires.
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Good point, bucky. I've always seem fatwood being sold for strating fires in fireplaces or wood stoves, never for cooking fires.
I don't think there would be because it is not in with the charcoal. But I don't think it is at all necessary either. I have had to stick another wadded up newspaper underneath from time to time.
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