How to use a chimney starter? #
Using a chimney starter makes lighting charcoal for grilling easier and quicker. It comprises of a bottom-mounted charcoal grate mounted inside an open-ended metal cylinder. A tiny fire is lit beneath the grate at the bottom of the cylinder after the desired amount of charcoal has been added to the top. The charcoal lights up from the bottom all the way to the top because to the “chimney effect.”
The first step is to first fill the chimney with the desired amount of charcoal and set it aside. Lay one or two lighter cubes on the charcoal grate and light them using a butane torch or lighter. Next, position the chimney above the cubes that are burning.
It will take 10-20 minutes for the coals to light, depending on wind conditions, how much charcoal is in the chimney, and the type of charcoal being used.
When flames are licking the charcoal at the chimney’s top and the charcoal is at least 50% ashed all over, the charcoal is ready to be poured into your charcoal grate or basket.