Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How to Save on Buying Lighter Fluid for Grilling

We are kind of old fashioned yet.  We still use a charcoal grill for grilling.  We  know that it takes longer than a gas grill, but we are of the opinion that charcoal gives more flavor.  My hubby recently heard of a charcoal from True Value that is supposed to be real wood charcoal that will give more flavor than even Kingsford brand.  We are all stocked up with charcoal for the rest of the year, so we probably won't try it until next year.

Anyway, the reason for this post is to tell other fellow old fashioned grillers like us how to save on buying expensive lighter fluid.  Usually lighter fluid comes in a quart bottle and costs about $3.  The store brand is usually cheaper but doesn't seem to work as well. 

We were at Lowes one time and found something called a chimney starter.  It looks similar to this-

This is how it works-
Stuff the bottom full of paper.  Pour the charcoal in the top according to how much you need.  Then light the paper in the bottom and let it burn.

It will need to burn just about as long as doing it the old way (a pile of charcoal and ligher fluid).  Once the coals are mostly white and really hot, dump it out into the bottom of your grill.   Then grill like normal. 

This charcoal starter did cost around $10.  But we figure it is worth it.  Just a few bottles of lighter fluid will pay for it.

What kind of grill do you use-gas or charcoal?

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