5 Quickest And Easiest Ways To Light Your Charcoal Grill
There are many ways for you to light the fire in your smoker. But please NEVER lighter fluid. It can be dangerous, but the main reason is it makes food taste like shit. You have a nasty chemical taste, and it just ruins good barbecue. We hate to see that! So what are your other options? Here are the top 5 quickest and easiest ways to light your charcoal grill without using lighter fluid, ranked best to worst.
1. Firestarters Are Your Friend
Our favorite way to light any type of fire. This is all around your best bet to light your charcoal and wood fires even in the rain! These little packets pack a punch.
They work well and burn 10 minutes or more if you have wet or stubborn briquettes
Work for any type of fire: charcoal, wood, smoker, firepit, fireplace
Be sure the flammable agent doesn’t affect the taste of your food
Ahh yes, the Looft lighter, one of the most beautiful grilling products on the market in my opinion. This will light your coals or word quicker than anything else out there just using heated air. Think of it as a cordless heat cannon.
The fastest way to light your charcoal or briquettes
A charcoal “chimney” is a metal tube that holds your charcoal in place that aids ignition with airflow. Chimney starters are the most popular method they are cheap and efficient. It’s not best for kamado-style grills or barrel smokers though because of the narrow sides of the grill.
No chemicals or electricity
The side handle makes it hard to use in deep or narrow grills like the Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg, barrel smokers
4. Electric Charcoal Starter
5. The Boy Scout Method
Time to throw on that old boy scouts vest and get to gathering some kindling. But seriously this is time-intensive and pretty impractical. Unless you have no other options we don't recommend this route.
You need fire building skills, dry kindling wood, and patience
You’re making a fire to start a fire
Hard to do in wet conditions
Bonus Tip: Heat Resistant Glove
Any time you’re cooking with fire I recommend having some bbq gloves. Think of them as more dexterous oven mitts on steroids. I burnt myself countless times on handles, meat probes, you name it. Check out our favorites!