Like riding a bicycle, starting a charcoal grill is a little tricky but easy once you figure out how.
1. Pile the charcoal briquettes in a pyramid in the middle of the grill. It should be enough charcoal to make a layer or two at the bottom of your grill but not much more.
2. Check the bag to see if the charcoal already contains lighter fluid. If it doesn’t, you will need to spray the charcoal with the lighter fluid and allow it a few minutes to soak into the briquette. If it already contains lighter fluid, you can splash a little on but it won’t be necessary. WARNING: Do not spray lighter fluid onto the charcoal briquettes because it can cause serious injury.
3. Light the charcoal and step back.
4. Now you wait, with the lid off, for the flames to begin consuming the charcoal. Eventually the flames should die down a little but the charcoal will remain hot. If the flames die down but the coals are cold then you didn’t let the lighter fluid soak in or you didn’t use enough fluid. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Some of the charcoal will begin to have their edges turn ashy-white, this is good. This is when you can start spreading out the charcoal and add additional charcoal to the grill.
6. Put the lid on and allow the heat to build up.
7. Now you’re ready to grill!
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