Lighting Charcoal

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by boshawg, May 16, 2014.

  1. boshawg

    boshawg Newbie

    So what is the best way of lighting charcoal? Is there problem with using denatured alcohol?

  2. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Chimney starter is the best way! Coals heat evenly, no need to add any chemicals! The Weber chimney is great!
  3. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Denatured alcohol might work and won't produce toxic fumes, but it's probably not going to burn long enough on its own. Best to soak a paper towel or clean rag in it so it would act as a wick. It's also extremely dangerous and may burn with an almost invisible flame in bright sunlight, so keep that little guy in your profile picture safely out of the area.

    I'd skip the denatured alcohol and get a $10 charcoal chimney, which is in my opinion the best method of starting charcoal.
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have been using weber starter cubes.    I kinda like them.
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use those under my chimney. Like them much better than newspaper.
  6. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I put them right in the basket.
  7. I use the chimney on the side burner of my gas grill. Works great and its quick.
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've done it. It hasn't been as issue.
  9. Harbor freight sells a 1100 watt heat gun for $14.99 ,with frt. under $20.00 .Best way to light charcoal .Fire in 30 seconds .No fuss . Look on you tube .There are videos of people using heat guns to light coals .Oh yeah forget that $80 thing that is just a glorified heat gun .Cheap every day 1100 watts and you got fire pronto.
  10. ron eb

    ron eb Meat Mopper

    Same here on the cubes.
  11. bbq freak

    bbq freak Newbie

    i use a propane weed burner torch , lights the coals in less than a minute and really cuts my time down on start up .
  12. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    ever since I got my weber charcoal chimney I have been very happy with it. Plus you can use up a lot of junk mail and stuff.
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use my torch in my mini
  14. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Take two paper towels, put just enough veggie oil on them to get them wet, put under chimney starter and light it. The paper towel leaves little to no residue, and it starts it just fine.
  15. ron eb

    ron eb Meat Mopper

    I use weber paraffin tablets in my modified Brinkmann.
  16. heatman

    heatman Fire Starter

    I use a weber chimney and use the charcoal bag as a starter.  Fill chimney 1/3 and dump charcoal needed in smoker basket of WSM. Tear off top of bag and  that's all I need.
  17. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thermite!  Works like a charm!!![​IMG]
  18. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Charcoal chimney hands down. Been using one for years and it works great and you need nothing but paper to light it.

    I did just buy some starter cubes however I haven't used them yet.
  19. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Being Memorial Day, I guess Napalm would work?

    But I am a chimney guy all the way!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  20. goobi99

    goobi99 Meat Mopper

    if you are going to buy a chimney, get the weber. its a little bigger and for whatever rerason, it lasts longer over time.

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