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Easy Hacks To Keep A Grill Lit For The Best BBQ Ever!

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Do you struggle to keep a grill lit when you decide to grill out? I know I have! Keeping a grill lit is essential to get the most out of your grilling experience. Keep reading to find easy hacks to keep a grill lit for the best BBQ ever!

I have a gas grill too! But sometimes, I just want the smoky flavor that comes from using a charcoal grill when I have a long cook item that needs to stay on the grill a little bit longer than a burger!

Charcoal Grilling

Charcoal grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook outdoors. It’s a great way to get that smoky flavor that we all love. However, there are some things you need to know before you start grilling.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the right equipment. You’ll need a clean grill with a cooking surface and a cooking grate.

Get rid of any old ashes that may be left behind from the last time the grill was used.

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A Chimney Starter

There are many different ways to light a grill, but using a chimney starter is considered the best way.

Trust me, it is the easiest way! 

You can use either an electric starter or a charcoal starter to light the charcoal. 

You can also choose to light charcoal using starter cubes, lighter cubes, newspaper or a paper towel soaked in cooking oil. These items go at the bottom of the chimney.

I look for easy ways to get things done and this little gadget is worth a purchase for lighting charcoal!

This special equipment makes the process much easier and ensures a great way to light your charcoal grill fire.

Using a charcoal chimney and good quality charcoal is the best way to keep your grill lit. 

By using the chimney, it helps to have a natural burn without using a harsh fire starter or a lighter fluid soak. 


Once you have the right amount of dry charcoal, you can start lighting it. Make sure the fire keeps going by leaving the intake damper open and the lid off. Do not use wet charcoal!

This will allow oxygen to flow and keep the fire burning. You can also add wood shavings to the fire to create more smoke.

Place the chimney starter on the grill grate in the center of the grill and wait for the charcoal to heat up. Make sure you have enough charcoal!

While the charcoal is heating up, open the grill air vents to allow for proper airflow.

Once the charcoal is hot and lit, carefully pour the hot coals onto the charcoal grate in the center of the bottom of the grill. 

Make sure the lit coals are spread out evenly in a thin layer to create a good fire.

Next, you need to adjust the grill’s temperature. Move the lit charcoal to one side of the grill and leave the other side empty. 

You can control the heat by using single layers of charcoal briquets at the bottom of your grill. Heat rises so this will help you decide where to move your hot coals.

Always adjust the grill’s temperature and airflow to get the best results. This method creates a hot zone and an indirect heat zone on the grill.

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How Hot Does Your Grill Need To Be?

This allows you to cook your food with different temperatures. The amount of charcoal you need depends on the type of charcoal or wood chips and the cooking process. 

Try not to use too much charcoal!

If you plan to cook for a long time, use more charcoal. If you want to cook at a high temperature, use less charcoal.

Always use the right charcoal for the job. The quality of the charcoal you use can affect the taste of your food, so it is crucial to use a good quality of charcoal. 

Stay away from cheap charcoal! It is not worth it! Personally, I am not a fan of using old charcoal that didn’t burn in a previous grilling session!

I have found that sometimes this changes the flavor of the food!

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It’s Time To Grill!

After about a half hour, the charcoal should be hot enough to start cooking. Again, you can control the temperature by adjusting the intake and exhaust dampers. 

If you want a higher temperature, open the intake damper more. If you want a lower temperature, close the intake damper and open the exhaust damper.

After you are done grilling, close the grill vents to put out the fire. Save any unused leftover charcoal by storing it in an airtight container in a dry place.

Damp charcoal can be a possible reason for a fire to keep going, especially in humid weather.

Simple Tips

If you want to cook slowly, use a drip pan to catch any drippings. This will prevent flare-ups of open flames and keep the heat source indirect.

You can also add water to the drip pan to create water vapor, which will help keep the food moist.

Pay Attention To The Weather

When grilling, it’s important to pay attention to the weather conditions. 

Humid conditions can affect the flow of oxygen and the charcoal burn.

High heat is ideal for cooking burgers, while lower temperatures are better for slow cooking.

There are different types of charcoal to choose from, including charcoal briquettes and lump charcoal. It’s important to use the right charcoal for the job. 

Using the wrong charcoal can affect cooking temperatures and the smoky flavor.

Finally, don’t forget about the hot dogs. They’re a classic favorite for grilling and they’re easy to cook. Just put them on the cooking grate and turn them every few minutes. You can do the same with burgers!

Charcoal grilling is a great way to cook outdoors. With the right equipment and some knowledge, you can create a delicious meal with a smoky flavor. 

Just make sure you have enough dry charcoal and pay attention to the flow of oxygen. 

By following these steps, you should be able to keep your grill lit and ready to cook delicious meals.

Remember to always follow safety guidelines when using a grill and never leave it unattended.

Happy grilling!

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