Method 1: Lighting the coals with a chimney starter. Fill the chimney with charcoal. Fill the chimney with the appropriate amount of charcoal. Add newspaper and light it. Add one or two sheets of newspaper, following the instructions on the chimney. When you see flames up top, pour out the coals.
Start the charcoal. Light the paper or fire starters underneath the charcoal chimney in several spots with a long match or lighter. Same if you're using lighter fluid â€” light at least two sides of your packed charcoal. The Half-Time Charcoal Starter will start your coals in about 15 minutes.
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