It’s barbecue season. The other day my friend and I decided to grill some kabobs, so we tried out Mr. Savvy’s favorite method of lighting the grill: using a chimney starter.
A chimney starter is a metal cylinder with a grate that allows heat to quickly and evenly light the charcoal. I was pleased to find that it was extremely easy to use, much easier than lighter fluid. Once the chimney starter got the coals nice and hot, all we had to do was put them in the grill and start cooking.
If you grill regularly, the chimney starter is a smart investment. It pays for itself in no time through the money you save by not buying lighter fluid. On top of that, it uses no chemicals, which is always a good thing.
Here is how to use a chimney starter:
1. Fill the top part of the chimney starter with coals. This is enough to cook most food. We used Kingsford Competition charcoal briquets.
2. Stuff the bottom section below the grate with newspaper.
3. Put the chimney starter on the grill to light it. Also make sure to have a hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
4. Light the paper on fire.
5. Wait. As the paper burns up, the heat spreads into the coals. It took about a half hour for the coals to turn white-hot, similar to this:
6. Once the coals are hot, carefully pour into the grill and replace the rack.
As you can see, our dinner was asparagus; mushrooms; veggie kabobs with bell peppers, zucchini, and onions; and marinated chicken kabobs with onions and rosemary. Delicious.
So that’s it. No bottles of lighter fluid, no extra chemicals, and no hassle. I will never use lighter fluid again.