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Old 05-08-2006, 11:38 PM   #1
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Which type of charcoal?

Charcoal with lighter fluid or match light? I only ask because we tried both with different results.

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Old 05-08-2006, 11:53 PM   #2
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Buy regular charcoal and get a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid. In 10 minutes, the chimney will start up a load of charcoal with just a couple of sheets of newspaper and a match.
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:48 AM   #3
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I love match-light. I always buy those little-bitty 2lb bags, kinda "bend" the bag in the middle (like an "A") so the bricquettes are in the top and bottom and then just lay the bag (unopened) in the grill and light the bag. Voila!

No muss no fuss. :)

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Old 05-09-2006, 11:59 AM   #4
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chimney

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Buy regular charcoal and get a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid. In 10 minutes, the chimney will start up a load of charcoal with just a couple of sheets of newspaper and a match.
definately chimney over lighter fluid. as far as the charcoal we use
the hard lump natural type, it seems to burn hotter.

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Old 05-09-2006, 03:24 PM   #5
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The lump charcoal will burn hotter but the briquettes will last longer.
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Old 05-09-2006, 03:51 PM   #6
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Get a chimney. Why do you want to eat food that tastes like lighter fluid? Chimneys are inexpensive and simple to use.
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Old 05-09-2006, 05:01 PM   #7
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Kingsford family here with lighter fluid...
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:05 AM   #8
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Forget the lighter fluid. Get a chimney and use that. I actually use two. I also use a mix of briquettes and lump hardwood. The lump if for heat, and the briquettes are for staying power.
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As long as it starts, I don't frankly give a . . . . . . . . you know. :D

Kingsford for me, for sure. I sound like the commercial, but having tried the others, including the "generic" brands, t'aint nothing like the King.
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:37 PM   #10
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I think the choice of charcoal depends on your use. I never had any luck with matchlight, and felt it retained a petrol aroma which was passed on to the meat.

I prefer real charcoal made from wood that you can get at Trader Joe's or at a roofing supplier [it's used by the guys that solder copper gutters together] for foods that cook quickly, like steaks and hamburgers. It's also great, no matter what you cooking, if you're at a windy place such as the beach. Given care, you can control the heat of the natural wood charcoal and slow cook with it.

However, for slower cooking foods such as roasts, chicken, and pork, I definetely prefer Kingsford charcoal, and as Big Dog says, there isn't much better than Kingsford, the rest can't compare. Kingsford charcoal is also best for cooking on a dutch oven.


I don't use a chiminey, and just use a little lighter fluid. You don't really need that much, as the charcoal wants to burn. If you add too much, then you have to wait longer to cook, to make sure the fluid has time to burn off.
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