How to Light Charcoal Briquettes

How to Light Charcoal BriquettesIf you are going camping or planning to cook outdoors, you more than likely will be using a charcoal grill. Charcoal adds a certain flare to food that you can't get with gas. Charcoal grills are relatively easy to use and they make the food taste good too. No matter what grill you use, they all light basically the same way. As long as you have some dry charcoal, lighting it won't be that hard.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Lighting Charcoal Briquettes

Things You’ll Need:
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Match or Lighter
 
Step 1
Set your grill up in a safe area away from any low hanging branches or structures that may catch on fire. You also should keep children away from the area surrounding the grill.
Step 2
Remove your grill lid and the first rack that you will be cooking the food on. Leave the bottom rack in place.
Step 3
Pour your charcoal briquettes on top of the bottom grill rack. You will need approximately 25 to 30 briquettes for each pound of food you plan on cooking.
Step 4
Squirt lighter fluid over all the briquettes, making sure to saturate them. Allow them to sit for several minutes before lighting.
Step 5
Light your charcoal briquettes with a lighter or a match. Allow your coals to burn down until they are white in color. Spread the hot coals out and you're ready to cook on them.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
The coals will be hot after you use them so allow them to remain in the grill until they're completely burned out. You can also use the hot briquettes to light tender in campfires.
 
The coals will be hot after you use them so allow them to remain in the grill until they're completely burned out.
 
You can also use the hot briquettes to light tender in campfires.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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