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Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:20 pm
by slowcowboy
Let's share methods for lighting charcoal in this thread how do folks get there kingsford going? What methods are out there? Charcoal thread. Slow.

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Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:34 pm
by QueticoBill
Chimney with newspaper. Pretty amazing how well. Our Scout troop does a lot of do cooking- have 2 dozen+ dos and a dozen chimneys. I think we go through a half ton of charcoal a year.

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:05 pm
by lrrowe
Chimney with fluid and torch or match. But cannot briquettes last a long time. Has their quality gone downhill?

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:18 pm
by Padilen
I do not like the taste that lighter fluid or self starting briquettes give my food. I use pieces of fire log or a votive candle.


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Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:26 pm
by Woodbutcher
Chimney set on the Coleman stove burner.

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:42 pm
by lrrowe
Padilen wrote:I do not like the taste that lighter fluid or self starting briquettes give my food. I use pieces of fire log or a votive candle.


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Fortunately I only do that for DO cooking. Do you think that makes a difference? I have not noticed it yet, but then I only have three attempts under my belt.

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:10 pm
by Padilen
Im overly sensitive I'm thinking I was a dog in a previous life. Would explain why I prefer dogs over people for company too.


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Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:10 am
by bc toys
Chimney with the egg carton cotton balls and wax lights easy with this method

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 11:10 am
by tony.latham
I find this hard to believe, but on our recent three-week teardrop trip to the south west, we decided to leave our Dutch ovens and charcoal behind.

We picked up this inexpensive propane grill made by Coleman:

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It worked very well and cut down our cooking and prep time. They're compact, easy to clean, and don't use much propane.

(Not my intent to hijack this thread).

Tony

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:25 pm
by dguff
Matches. Lots and lots of matches :lol:

Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:14 pm
by Pinstriper
I bring a small jetboil-type knockoff with isopro fuel, but then I'm mainly just boiling water for freezedried Mt. House stuff.

Alternately (and I bring one of these, too) you could use this with a briquette to three, not to mention scrounge for sticks in a pinch.

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Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 7:54 pm
by Redneck Packrat
I don't use charcoal, but my preferred firestarter for wood is cotton balls drowned in vaseline. Not terribly sure if it'd start a charcoal briquette but it does start dry baseball-bat-sized pieces of wood. Only time I've had to use smaller stuff is if it's been rained on.

Re: Charcoal brickets lighting methods

PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:53 pm
by AzAv8r
I use a propane grill now instead of charcoal to be prepared for fire restrictions, but decades ago when I used charcoal starting was accomplished with a chimney and paper (or twigs and dryer-lint). The chimney was made out of a tall spaghetti sauce can (Hunts, to be specific - perfect dimensions), both ends cut off and breather holes made in one end with a juice-can opener. (Do they still make those things?)

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:55 pm
by greygoos
Fritos and newspaper

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 4:00 pm
by slowcowboy
I tried a lot of methods you cant get the coals buernung hot enough to use with news paper or lighter fluid they o my gal burn and can't hear a do..only method I now will use is the Coleman stove like Steve its the only way I can get gray got charcoal to burn proper and heat proper lighter fluid total failed last night its useless will burn but kingsford hard to get going proper..

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