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How to light your BBQ

Lighting a BBQ can be straightforward if you follow the right steps. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get your BBQ going safely and efficiently.

Materials Needed:

  • Charcoal 
  • Natural Wood wool Firelighters
  • Long match or lighter
  • Chimney starter (optional but recommended for charcoal)
  • Grill brush
  • Tongs
  • Heat-resistant gloves

Instructions for Charcoal BBQ:

1. Prepare the Grill:

  • Clean the Grill: Ensure your grill is clean. Use a grill brush to remove any leftover ash or debris from the previous use.
  • Open Vents: Open the vents on the bottom of the grill to allow for airflow.

2. Arrange the Charcoal:

  • Pile the Charcoal: Arrange the charcoal briquettes in a pyramid shape in the center of the grill. This helps with airflow and ensures an even burn.
  • Chimney Starter (Optional): For a more efficient start, use a chimney starter. Fill the chimney with charcoal and place it on the lower grate. Place a crumpled piece of newspaper under the chimney and light it. Wait until the charcoal is covered in ash.

3. Lighting the Charcoal:

  • Using Natural Firelighters:
    • Place the Charcoal in a starter chimney: Apply natural firelighters directly underneath the charcoal starter chimney. 
    • Light the firelighters: Using a long match or lighter, light the firelighters. Allow the flames to ignite the charcoal.
    • Wait for Ash: Let the charcoal burn until it’s covered in a light gray ash (about 15-20 minutes).

4. Spread the Charcoal:

  • Once the charcoal is covered with ash, use tongs to spread it out evenly across the bottom of the grill if you need an even cooking surface. For indirect cooking, move the coals to one side of the grill.

5. Preheat the Grill:

  • Preheat with the Lid On: Place the cooking grate back on the grill and close the lid. Preheat the grill for about 5-10 minutes.

6. Clean the Grate:

  • Brush the Grate: Use a grill brush to clean the cooking grate, removing any residue from previous use.

7. Ready to Cook!!

    Safety Tips:

    • Never add lighter fluid to burning or hot coals.
    • Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to manage flare-ups.
    • Have a fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies.
    • Always monitor your BBQ when in use.


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