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Lighting Methods


Joined Dec 4, 2006
I plan on buying a charcoal smoker and i have been reading this forum for tips. I am looking for advice on how to light your charcoal. The only way i know how is to is the way i do it on my webber, by putting lighter fluid on the charcoal and lighting it. I was wondering how you experianced guys do it.


Meat Mopper
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 19, 2006
Chimney starters are great. They take about 20 minutes to get going real good, but you don't have to use any lighter fluid.


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 20, 2006
Chimney starter is the way to go for getting your charcoal started.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 9, 2005
Gofish really nailed it. It's good to be able to start a fresh batch of charcoal while the embers of a previous batch are still declining in heat. And it's all done without the smell of the lighter fluid. Also, the pariffinn cubes are great.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Nov 21, 2006
when buying a charcoal chimney starter local, it pays to shop around. i have seen them from $6.99 to $15.99 for the same sized units, depending on which i store i looked at. i think it was lowe's that had them for $6.99. i am going to look again before i buy mine. where ever i am when i see one for $6.99, i will buy it there. they all looked to be the same quality wise, too.

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