Lighting a Charcoal BBQ Grill

Summertime is when family and friends gather around the backyard BBQ Grill for delicious food and making happy memories. To ensure that those memories are happy precautions need to be taken when lighting the Charcoal in the backyard Grill. There are three ways of starting that fire. There is with Charcoal lighter fluid, a Charcoal Chimney and Electronic Ignition.

Let’s start with Charcoal lighter fluid. When using lighter fluid you should always follow the directions that are printed on the can. Gas fumes are easily combustible and flare ups are dangerous. Let the fluid soak into the Charcoal for the proper amount of time. Wearing gloves, use a long match or hand held lighter and don’t stand over the pile of soon to be lit Charcoal. Safety should always be a priority when lighting Charcoal this way and should be performed or at least observed by an adult.

Another way to light a Charcoal Grill is with a Chimney starter. Lighting a Grill with this method is easy. Simply crumple newspaper and stuff it in the bottom portion of the Chimney Starter and pour the Charcoal in the top. Then, using a match or lighter, light the newspaper on fire in several areas. Once the newsprint is on fire it will light up the Charcoal above. When the Charcoal is ash grey on top it may be dumped out into the grill for cooking where desired. Again, you must be careful when handling a hot Chimney. Wearing gloves that are heat and flame resistant is always recommended and performed by an adult or at least supervised.

Finally, the last way to light a Charcoal Grill is with Electronic Ignition. Not all Grills are setup with this type of lighting system. It contains a fuel source securely attached to the grill, that when turned on will light the Charcoal with the push of a button. When using this system a Charcoal Chimney may also be used or not. Once the button is pressed to light the Charcoal, it lights a gas flame to light the Charcoal directly.

Once the Charcoal is lit, the gas should be turned off and cooking should be done over the hot coals. As always, this task should be carried out by a responsible adult.

In summary, the three ways to light a Charcoal Grill is with lighter fluid, a Charcoal Chimney or Electronic Ignition (if available). There are different points of view as to what method is best. Some people believe using lighter fluid affects the flavor of the food on the Grill. There is also the point of view that using a Charcoal Chimney saves money because then there is no need to purchase lighter fluid. Whatever way you choose to light your Charcoal Grill, always be careful around the fire.

Summer time is here and many people enjoy the chance to go outside and BBQ. There is something special about grilling outdoors. Perhaps, it is the fresh air, or the glow of a fire, or the gathering of friends and family. Out door BBQ/Grilling is a lifestyle