How to light charcoal without lighter fluid or chimney VIDEO

So you’re getting ready to fire up the old charcoal grill and discover your out of lighter fluid, so you Google “how to light charcoal without lighter fluid or chimney”. Like most sites we would first recommend the use of a charcoal chimney however, if your still using lighter fluid you don’t have one of those either. There is an easy solution Doritos, yes those Doritos and no I am not kidding.

How to light charcoal without lighter fluid or chimney

Step 1: Lay a bed of charcoal briquettes flat on your lower grate. This is to keep the chips from falling through the grill grates. This step is essential for lighting your charcoal without lighter fluid or a chimney so proceed with caution More coals for a bigger fire less for a smaller one. About 8 briquettes are the minimum for this.

How to light charcoal without lighter fluid or chimney

Step 2: Place two handfuls of Doritos onto the charcoal bed you just made.

bed of charcoal with Doritos on top

Step 3: Gently place more briquettes onto and around the chips. Try to avoid breaking the chips. Full size chips will burn longer especially when laying on top of one another. Leave the corners of 2 or 3 chips sticking out of your charcoal pile.

 

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How to light charcoal without lighter fluid or chimney

charcoal bed ready to light without lighter fluid or chimney

Step 4: Light the Doritos that you left sticking out. Once they have begun burning watch them for the first minute or so. They will stay lit after that unless you have high winds.

lighting doritos in charcoal

Step 5: Wait. In about 20 minutes the chips will be burnt and your charcoal will be lit At this point you may add more coals and/or stir them. It will take another 15 minutes or so for the charcoal to get fully hot but it does work VERY WELL.

charcoal lit without lighter fluid or chimney

About the author: Mike is the owner of 4thegrill.com, a Certified Food Safety Professional and KCBS member.

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