How many times have you started the grill and your fire has died out? Leaving you shamed in front of your friends and ridiculed by your woman. In this article I will discuss sure fire ways on how to start a grill with charcoal. These techniques are of course done at your own risk and can be dangerous to the pure of heart.
In this post I will show you a few ways you can start up your charcoal grill.
You may be wondering how to start a charcoal grill without lighter fluid. Here are few ways you can start a grill with no lighter fluid.
How to start a charcoal grill without lighter fluid
In this article I will describe how you can start your grill without any lighter fluid. You can start it with simple house hold items like newspaper, cotton wool and dry twigs even.
How to start a grill with charcoal using newspaper?
You have found yourself stuck with a bag of charcoal and nothing to get it going with. Oh no what to do. Grab a bunch of old newspapers (if you still one of those squares that read those things). Roll up the newspaper into an elongated piece of paper. Due to the added density you should be able to get it to burn long enough to get that charcoal burning. Make at least 3-4 of these newspaper twirls and stack them on top of each other like you would stack wood on a campfire. Just add about 10 – 15 charcoal pieces on top of them just to allow your fire to breath. Light the newspaper on all the ends sticking out. Leave to burn up to about 15 minutes before adding more charcoal.
Never ever dump the whole bag, that is just a waste, you should be able to economically get 2 – 3 barbecues out of one 4kg bag of charcoal. Depending obviously on how much meat you need to cook.
How to start a grill with charcoal if method one failed?
You have not been able to follow simple steps? Use this recovery method to save face. You have two options here. If you can feel some heat from your fire. You can recover by fanning the fire in a fluent motion for about 10 – 15 seconds. In this instance if your charcoal is turning red you are on your way to becoming the barbecue king. If not you may need to revert back to step one and use step two intermittently to keep the fire going.
If you are one of those lucky few to own a heat gun grab that bad boy and blast that fire with some heat. This should instantly recover your charcoal grill fire.
How to start a grill with charcoal using cotton wool?
If all else fails use balls of cotton wool and dip them in any flammable substance. Use these super flammable balls to get your charcoal burning.
Another method to start a charcoal grill fire.
Make a chimney. Take a coffee tin. Punch around 20 – 40 0.2 inch holes into it. Add a lot of newspaper at the bottom. Light it and add your charcoal until full. Give it 10 – 15 mins to get started. Remember this thing is going to be freaking hot. Use safety equipment (whatever can insulate your hands). Pour the charcoal into the base of your grill and you are good to go. Read on to find out when your fire is ready for cooking time.
How to start a grill with charcoal using what ever is lying around?
If you are a wilderness explorer and don’t know how to start a charcoal fire shame on you. I will tell you anyway how to do this with whatever is lying around. Find leaves, small twigs and old birds nests to start up a small fire. Add your charcoal 10 pieces at a time to this fire.
How long does it take to start a charcoal grill
How long does it take to start a charcoal grill. There is a big debate on when is the perfect time to start cooking. The general rule is holding your hand above the fire about 1-2 ft above the flames if you can hold your hand there for 3 seconds it’s at the perfect temperature. Of course the end of the day this is more of a guideline. Use common sense and manly instincts to determine when the fire is ready.
I am truly stranded with just a bag of charcoal and a lighter, no grill what do I do?
You have some options. Find three round rocks and one flat rock. Wipe off the flat rock. Pack the other three rocks in a triangle formation. Start up your charcoal fire in the middle. Add your flat rock on top and you are ready to cook. Feed your inner cave man.
What sorts of food can I make on the grill?
This is the best part. Here you can get so creative your mind will just pop. Obviously your meat, but did you know you could make eggs, pancakes, cake, bread and more on your grill with just a extra steel plate which you can add on top.
Some other sources to further your charcoal grill knowledge
Here is another resource if you want to know how to start bbq grill.
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