How to Use a Charcoal Chimney

Using a charcoal chimney might seem intimidating, but you can do it with this handy video!

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How to Use a Charcoal Chimney
How to Use a Charcoal Chimney
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Using a charcoal chimney is a great option for fueling your charcoal grill. It can save you some money, as you don't have to buy lighter fluid, and it's a great way to use up some leftover newspaper. It's also really easy! You might feel intimidated at first, but with our step-by-step tutorial and video, you'll be grilling like a pro in no time. 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to use a charcoal chimney. Whether you're grilling out for a summertime barbecue or just love the taste of grilled recipes, this how-to video will show you the steps involved in getting your charcoal grill lit and ready for grilling. Learn how to use a charcoal grill with these must-have grilling tips for outdoor cooking made easy!

What's your favorite food to cook on the grill? We love grilling healthy foods like chicken and veggies, but we're also always up for a juicy grilled burger. Let us know your favorite tips in the comments below!


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How to Prepare a Grill (Using a Charcoal Chimney)


  1. Take off the top grate on the grill. 

  2. Place ash receiver on the bottom grate of the grill. The shallow end should be facing up. You will put your newspaper here, and the charcoal will go in the deeper end. 

  3. Place crumbled paper doused in oil in the bottom of your ash receiver.

  4. Flip your ash receiver around so the paper is facing the bottom of the grill, and place charcoal in the top of the ash receiver. 

  5. Light the paper using a lighter. 

  6. Allow coals to get white hot and then grab the handle of your ash receiver and dump that in the grill. Be careful, the handle might be hot! Use an oven mitt if  needed. Spread the coals evenly in the bottom of the grill.

  7. Carefully place the grate back on top of your grill, and start cooking your favorite foods!

What are your favorite foods to cook on the grill? Let us know in the comments below!

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We use the Chimney all the time..Sure makes it faster than waiting for the charcoal to light and using all that lighting fluid.. and much faster

Boy have I needed this tutorial in the past. I am so glad to find it. I am a woman living on my own. We 'braai' (barbecue) here often in South Africa. I used to have a man around to cook on the grill and now I don't. I miss those times so I decided to try it on my own but it is something you need to know how to do. I'm glad for this tutorial and the first thing I am going to make is steak!

I've always been intimidated to try and grill. Perhaps I'll give it a try before summer ends.

I am such a visual learner and this was crazy helpful. Thanks!


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