How to Light a Charcoal Grill

a charcoal barbecue grill

Need some tips on how to light a charcoal grill? Whether you’re stepping up to the backyard grill for the first time, or just want to brush up on your technique, we found a link you can really use. It offers excellent advice on preparing your grill, charcoal starters and using lighter fluid. Even if you don’t read the whole article, please follow this safety precaution: Never add lighter fluid to burning coals. That can cause a dangerous flareup or even cause fire to travel up the stream of lighter fluid, igniting the  entire can in your hand. You could find yourself trying to figure out how to get to the emergency room instead of “how to light a charcoal grill.”

There’s a right way and a wrong way

Living in San Francisco, there’s not much opportunity to entertain outdoors or use a barbecue grill. In my experience planning to barbecue, especially in summer, is almost a guarantee that the fog will roll in. So I’m no expert. Thankfully, Derrick Riches is. You can read his article on how to light a charcoal grill at SpruceEats.

When done right, preparing and lighting a charcoal grill is quite a process. After reading the article, you may decide to opt for a gas grill :-). Learn how to cook meat and vegetables on both charcoal and gas grills in Derrick’s comprehensive article,  The Ultimate Guide to Grilling.

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