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How to light a charcoal grill

7 STEPS

Cooking with a Charcoal Grill is a fun way to dine in the summertime and a great way to add loads of flavour to your meal.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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Read instructions carefully

Before you light, always be sure to read the instructions carefully. It’s also important to thoroughly clean and remove ashes and grease from previous use.

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Clean and remove ash

It’s important to thoroughly clean and remove ashes and grease from previous use.

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Measure out charcoal

Prepare your grill by determining how much charcoal you will need for the meal – one layer is ideal for burgers and steaks, and use two layers for roasts and chickens.

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Stack in cone shape

Stacking the charcoal into a cone shape makes for the best grilling experience.

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1/4 cup lighter fluid per pound of charcoal

Pour a quarter cup of lighter fluid per pound of charcoal over the cone-shaped stack of coals, distributing more fluid to the center than the edges. Let the fluid sit on the coals for 30 seconds.

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Light coals from bottom on both sides

Take a BBQ lighter and light the coals from the bottom on at least two sides of the stack.

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Let the coals burn until they are white on the surface.