If you’re looking to host a barbeque, using a Chimney Charcoal Starter is a safe and simple way to light your charcoal quickly and evenly, without the need for toxic lighter fluids or fire-starters. Plus, it’ll look great in front of your guests and keep your hands clean and burn-free.
Most people have grown accustomed to using lighter fluid for lighting their coal. But it is easy to get burned this way – plus the petroleum can leave your food, and the air around you, smelling nasty. It is the safest and most efficient way to light coal for your barbeque.
Most good manufacturers will give a detailed instruction manual, or even a step-by-step guide to get you started, but if you’re looking for some inside knowledge to impress your guests, you’ll want to read on.
It has a simple design and is easy to use. It’s generally composed of galvanized stainless steel and is cylindrical in shape, with a small wire grate inside. You’ll want to find a chimney-charcoal-starter with thermoplastic handles so that you don’t burn your hands whilst pouring the charcoal on your barbeque.
Firstly, fill your starter with charcoal and place newspaper under the great, before lighting it on fire. However safe your Starter may be, always exercise caution when doing this, as charcoal tends to reach very high temperatures which will burn skin easily. It is best to wear gloves.
Newspaper’s great for getting the coals in the chimney starter going. If it’s exceptionally windy or raining, however (and you’re still braving your barbeque party), you may want to try using a couple of lighter cubes for most heat.
With any good starter, the coals should only take 10-20 minutes or so to become sufficiently hot and ready to use. The top coals will begin to turn slightly grey when they are ready.
The side holes in the cylinder base will make sure that the air circulates through the charcoal for even burning, creating the ‘chimney’ effect after which the product is named. These cylinder designs have been used since the 1960s, so we know that they work well.
Carefully pour the hot charcoal onto the barbeque using heat-protective gloves, and you’re ready to start cooking! Load up your barbeque with burgers, sausages and vegetables as you wish, and you will find that a Chimney-Charcoal-Starter heats enough charcoal to feed a large barbeque party!
Some Starters will even come with cooking tips and recipes for the novice barbeque-user. If not, a quick Google search can generate some good results and tips. It’s best to get out there while the weather’s good, but some Starters will work effectively even in wet and windy weather.
Don’t forget to store your cylinder somewhere safe after you’ve used it as although the best ones have cooling mechanisms, they still tend to stay hot for a while. You wouldn’t want children or pets wandering over to investigate, so use your heatproof gloves or thermoplastic handles to safely remove the Starter from sight.
Make sure when purchasing a Starter that you find one that is easy to store; there’s nothing worse than having bulky equipment that you can’t fit anywhere. A removable handle also comes in useful for when you want to move the Starter to another room, or someone else’s garden party!
Hopefully you should find that by using it, you stay safe and clean. But make sure you take all the necessary precautions when handling hot coal, and wash your hands after use, and before preparing food.
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