Starting coals in the rain is pretty hard, and can take alot of effort in the predawn hours to get it all to work right. Enough to lead many astray, following lies such as barbecue being seasonal. Anyway, this morning, I keep losing the flames in my chimney, and I don't have any kind of burner or torch to light them off. It's pouring down, and I'm operating under the headlights of my Hilux that I pulled around into my yard so I can see, when I sudenly have an idea:
Hose the coals down generously with PAM, which helped keep the rainwater from soaking into them, and also gave the flames below something to "grab" that helped carry them upwards.
Everything worked out, and about 20 minutes later, I had my Weber loaded up and a small butt roast smoking away. All weather is bbq weather!