1. Food
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

How To Light a Charcoal Grill


How To Light a Charcoal Grill
Loungepark/Taxi/Getty Images
Getting the fire going isn't the hard part.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Make sure you have read your grills instructions and that you understand them.
  2. Thoroughly clean out the grill removing ash and grease.
  3. Determine how much charcoal you are going to need. A one layer for burgers and steaks or two layers for roasts and chickens.
  4. Pour enough charcoal into the grill to make the layers needed.
  5. Stack charcoal into a cone shape.
  6. Pour lighter fluid over the charcoal cone, using more in the center than he edges. Use about 1/4 cup to 1-pound charcoal.
  7. Let the fluid sit on the coals for about 30 seconds.
  8. With a long match light from the bottom on at least two sides.
  9. Let coals burn until all coals are white on the surface.
  10. With a long handles instrument, spread the coals evenly across the coal grate.
  11. Close lid, wait 5 minutes and start cooking.


  1. Cleaning the grill before each use reduces the bad smoke that can leave a bad taste on foods.
  2. Never add lighter fluid to burning coals. Even if there is no flame the heat will vaporize the lighter fluid and can cause a serious flame up the second the vapor encounters a flame.
Related Video
How to Use a Charcoal Grill
  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Barbecues & Grilling

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.