Outdoor Burner + Charcoal Starter?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by mkedda, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. mkedda

    mkedda Fire Starter

    So, I was watching a show on the Weber Grill restaurant and saw that they used a stove to light charcaol starters.

    I have an outdoor grill with sideburners. Why shouldnt I just take the grate off the burner,put the charcoal starter down and turn the flame to high? Wouldnt that get it started the same way as burning paper underneath? Except with my method it will be faster and cleaner.
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's exactlly what I do when I need to get charcoal going in my charcoal chimney (starter).
  3. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sounds like a good plan man[​IMG]
  4. daddio

    daddio Meat Mopper

    one quick word of caution,the side burner on my gasser has holes around the bottom so if yours is on a deck be sure you have your grill mats down under otherwise as charcoal starts going it can drop through those openings,and maybe blow away from the mat. that said i use this method some times too just keep a watch and i usually wet that part of the deck down anyway. better safe than sorry.
  5. That is an awesome idea. Definately need to try that this weekend when I do my next smoke.
  6. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I use my turkey fryer all the time (my gasser doesn't have a sideburner).

    Just make sure you don't clog up the holes of your sideburner (assuming you use it....most folks don't). And as Daddio stated, be careful with the hot embers.

    I also use those Weber firestarter cubes. Takes a bit longer, but they work just fine.
  7. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Tried this last night and it worked great!
  8. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've seen that too. My thought is that unless you're already using the gasser, how hard is it really to wad up a couple of pieces of newspaper. Also, everytime I use lump in my chimney starter when I go to dump, a few hot coal always fall out the bottom. I would assume that this would not be good falling on your side burners. They're built for the heat to rise up off of them, not to have hot coals laying on them and possibly the hose leading to them.

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