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How to Use a Chimney Starter

Learn how to use a chimney starter on the grill with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Cooking on a charcoal grill is both a staple of summer and tailgating season. While charcoal gives grilled food a distinct flavor, it can sometimes be masked and ruined by lighter fluid. With a chimney starter, you can skip the lighter fluid and grill food to perfection without the fuel taste. Plus, it’s a safer option than highly-flammable lighter fluid. Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Weber will teach you how to use a chimney starter with your charcoal grill.

How To Use a Chimney Starter
A chimney starter is an inexpensive and safer way to ignite charcoal. Learn how to use one with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Use a Chimney Starter:

1. Take the cooking grate off the grill. Fill the chimney starter with charcoal. You can fill it all the way to the top or use less if you’re not cooking as much food.

2. As a fuel source, you can use newspaper or lighter cubes. Lighter cubes are easy to use and you won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals from the ink on the newspaper. Set lighter cubes or newspaper on the charcoal grate and light them using a long-handled lighter.

3. Place the chimney starter over the lighter cubes or newspaper, also on the charcoal grate. The flames from the lighter cubes or newspaper will rise and heat up the charcoal. Give it about 10 – 15 minutes to heat up, or until the top charcoal bricks are gray with ash.

4. Once the charcoal is hot enough, use the handle on the chimney starter to pick it up and pour the charcoal onto the charcoal grate or into charcoal holders. Arrange the charcoal to your liking, and put on the lid. The grill needs to reach between 500 and 550°F in order to be preheated. This takes about 10 – 15 minutes. Then you’re all set to grill up your favorite food

Using a chimney starter is a safer and easier alternative to lighter fluid when you’re cooking with charcoal. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find all the grilling tools and grilling accessories you need to become a grill master. For more tips on cooking on the grill and tailgating ideas, visit our Grilling & Patio blog.

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