How To Light A BBQ Without Firelighters

Written in 2024
by Adam

    If you don't want to or can’t light your BBQ by using firefighters, there are others options that you can take advantage of. These are safe and secure, and they can get your BBQ burning brightly so that it’s ready to cook your meat. One of the best methods for lighting your BBQ without firefighters is explained below.

    Place Charcoal Around the Grill’s Circumference

    To begin with, you should find some charcoal and place it around the edge of the grill. When you do this, you will great a ring with a gap in the middle. This will help you later on when you start to light the BBQ and get it going. You don’t need to leave a huge gap in the middle, but there should be space enough for things to be placed in the gap. Don’t worry about making it neat or tidy either. Those things don’t really matter. Just throw them down quickly, making sure that you have a complete ring around the grilling circumference.


    Put Cooking Oil Onto Old Newspaper and twist it Into Logs

    Newspaper is really useful for getting your BBQ started. You just need to combine it with some oil to make the lighting process quicker and easier. To do this, you should take pages of a newspaper, and the pour-over some cooking oil. It can be any kind of cooking oil or olive oil. It’s up to you. Just use whatever you have the easiest access to. When you’ve done that, you should start to roll up the newspaper. Use a twisting motion to create long, compressed logs of a newspaper. Make a small pile of these. The exact amount you make will depend on the size of your BBQ.


    Place the Paper Logs in the Middle of the Charcoal Ring and Set Alight

    Once you’ve made the right amount of newspaper logs for your BBQ, you just need to place them in the gap that you left earlier. Again, this is not something that has to be done in a particularly neat or tidy way. When you’ve done that, you can take a match and drop it onto the paper. This will set alight and the BBQ will start to burn. It will eventually burn out the paper, but the charcoal will keep burning. Just make sure that the paper is in contact with the charcoal so that the fire spreads.


    Drop Charcoal Onto the Paper to Keep it Burning

    When the paper is alight, you can drop more charcoal on top of it. This will ensure that the fire spreads to the charcoal and that you can keep the BBQ burning for as long as necessary. If you let the paper burn out before the charcoal has set alight, the whole thing will have been a failure, so don’t let that happen. It shouldn’t burn too quickly, but you should have some charcoal to hand so that you can drop it into place when you need to. When all that’s done, you can start putting your meat on the BBQ.


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    Written by Adam

    Adam is the creator of the SmokeGuys website, running it since 2016. Hater of coriander, lover of all things meat... Adam currently works in marketing with a dream of being able to make food his full-time 'job' in the longer term.

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