Using a Charcoal Chimney Starter

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The easiest way to start your charcoal grill is by using a chimney starter. Many people haven't heard of chimney starters before and aren't sure how to use them properly so I thought I'd provide a quick guide.

One of the main benefits to using a chimney starter to light your charcoal, besides the ease of use, is that you do not have to use lighter fluid. This helps get rid of the aftertaste lighter fluid can leave.

You can find a charcoal chimney starter at most hardware stores or any other place that sells grilling accessories. Weber makes a nice starter that is large which is very helpful so you can start all your charcoal at once.

To use the chimney, first loosely fill the top with charcoal to the top of the cylinder, making sure not to overfill it. Then take a few pieces of newspaper and ball them up. Place the newspaper in the bottom part of the chimney starter. Make sure you don't pack in too much paper otherwise the charcoal will not be able to get enough oxygen to light properly.

Not set the chimney starter into your grill on the charcoal grate and light the newspaper, making sure all of the paper ignites. The paper will ignite the lower levels of charcoal and will slowly move up the chimney. In about 15 minutes all the charcoal should be lit and you can then pour the coals out into your grill.

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