This metal cylinder, called a chimney starter, may permanently change the way you grill.
With two chambers -- the top for charcoal and the bottom for newspaper -- you’ll never have to douse the coals with lighter fluid again. (The chemicals in lighter fluid are not only harmful to the environment, but also unhealthy for you and your food.)
Tip: Make sure to read and understand the owner’s manual for your grill before using it.
Rapidfire® Chimney Starter
Available from Weber
Step 1: Pull apart sheets of newspaper and twist them to form snakelike coils. Fill the bottom of the chimney starter with the newspaper, being careful not to overfill the chamber.
Tip: Always start with a clean grill that is free of ashes.
Step 2: Flip the chimney starter over and place it on your grill’s grate making sure the newspaper stays in the bottom chamber. Fill the top chamber with natural or lump coal.
Green Tip: When selecting charcoal, opt for an eco-friendly option. Most traditional briquettes are made from sawdust and held together with chemical adhesives. Natural charcoals, however, are harvested from sustainably managed forests and don’t contain artificial chemicals.
Step 3: Using a long-handled lighter, ignite the newspaper. (Within seconds, it will begin to smoke.) Allow the newspaper to burn and heat the coals until the coals turn white (approximately 20 minutes).
Step 4: Once the coals are hot, carefully empty them onto the coal grate. Arrange the coals evenly on the grate with grill tongs.
Tip: Wear protective grilling gloves to avoid burns.
When your grill is properly lit, you’re ready to enjoy your cookout.
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