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How TO LIGHT
CHARCOAL BBQ

HOW TO LIGHT CHARCOAL BBQ

BEFORE LighT a Charcoal BBQ

When it comes to selecting your barbecue its very important to understand your style and flavor of cooking! What does this mean? Well for most Australian backyards the common stable is steaks and snags with some grilled vegetable, so in that case there will be no need for any specialized grills such as smokers, spits or charcoal barbecues. You will be able to stick with the traditional LPG/Natural Gas Barbecue.

 

Although if share the passion of the low and slow method of cooking your meats, then you’ll be wanting to consider buying a smoker and/or a charcoal barbecue with a hood.

 

But wait?! What if you want to be grilling 80% of the time but want to also want to smoke every now and then? Then buying a charcoal grill allows you the flexibility for increasing the heat to be able to grill your steaks but also, you’ll be able to lower the heat to slow smoke your brisket!

 

A perfect go between product is The Big Green Egg!

It is always important that before lighting up a charcoal barbecue, the location you are in is fire-resistant. Ensure that the area is safe with no trees above you and no combustible materials close to the barbecue.

 

Remember a charcoal barbecue is able to get to very high temperatures, making it a safety hazard to you and others if carelessly handled.

Always check if your area has fire bans in place before lighting up the barbecue.

BEFORE LIGHT A CHARCOAL BBQ

It is always important that before lighting up a charcoal barbecue, the location you are in is fire-resistant. Ensure that the area is safe with no trees above you and no combustible materials close to the barbecue.

 

Remember a charcoal barbecue is able to get to very high temperatures, making it a safety hazard to you and others if carelessly handled.

 

Always check if your area has fire bans in place before lighting up the barbecue.

Get charcoal BBQ ready for Light up

Before you go to buy a barbecue its very important to consider your available area for your barbecue. As apartment living has become increasingly more common, it is not advisable to purchase a 5-6 Burner BBQ as getting the barbecue up to your floor will be a mission and a half and then the space available on your balcony may not allow for the barbecue to fit comfortably.

 

In an apartment situation a product such as the Beefeater Bugg is perfect! Its small enough to not be a hassle to move around, and its large enough that it can easily cook for 6+ people without having to do multiple cooks. Otherwise if you own or rent a home with a sizeable backyard space availability may not be an issue.

 

Although you may have the space that DOES NOT mean you can have the barbecue in that space. This is for indoor/outdoor areas! It may seem to be a good idea to put a barbecue in your undercover area so you can entertain rain, hail or shine but you MUST HAVE the right ventilation!

 

 

clEAN YOUR bbq

It's important that before lighting any charcoal barbecue, you clean out any ash or grease that has been left behind from previous cooking.

 

To do so, wipe down the grate with fresh cooking oil.

OPEN THE VENTS

Make sure you open the vents on the bottom of the grill. This lets in more air to fuel the flames.

DECIDE ON CHARCOAL

When selecting charcoal, you need to consider the quality of the charcoal and flavour it infuses into the food as this will affect the overall taste of the food. 

 

You can determine this through the clearness of the smoke when you cook over the coals. Selecting a quality product like the Lotus Grill Beech Lump Charcoal will greatly enhance the existing flavours of your food.

Any enclosure in which the appliance is used shall comply with one of the following:

 

- An enclosure with walls on all sides, but at least one permanent opening at ground level and no overhead cover. (figure 1)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead enclosure and no more than two walls. (figure 2 and 3)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and more than two walls, the following shall apply. (figures 4 and 5)

 

- At least 25% of the total wall area is completely open.

 

- At least 30% of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.

 

- In the case of balconies, at least 20% of the total of the side, back and front wall areas shall be and remain open and unrestricted.

Packing & light your charcoal bbq

Before you go to buy a barbecue its very important to consider your available area for your barbecue. As apartment living has become increasingly more common, it is not advisable to purchase a 5-6 Burner BBQ as getting the barbecue up to your floor will be a mission and a half and then the space available on your balcony may not allow for the barbecue to fit comfortably.

 

In an apartment situation a product such as the Beefeater Bugg is perfect! Its small enough to not be a hassle to move around, and its large enough that it can easily cook for 6+ people without having to do multiple cooks. Otherwise if you own or rent a home with a sizeable backyard space availability may not be an issue.

 

Although you may have the space that DOES NOT mean you can have the barbecue in that space. This is for indoor/outdoor areas! It may seem to be a good idea to put a barbecue in your undercover area so you can entertain rain, hail or shine but you MUST HAVE the right ventilation!

 

 

Lighter Fluid

When using lighter fluid, pack the coals close together in a pyramid shape to increase coal-to-coal contact and help the fire to spread.

 

Carefully squirt the lighter fluid over the coals, using only about 1/4 cup of fluid per pound of charcoal. Allow the lighter fluid to soak for 30 seconds.

 

Then light with a BBQ lighter.

 

Allow the coals to burn until they are not smoking and white on at least 2/3 of their surface. This allows for a more even cooking.

Charcoal chimney

When using a charcoal chimney, fill the chimney with an appropriate amount of charcoal. A standard chimney holds about 100 briquettes, although you may not need that much. Fill the bottom of the chimney with newspaper or fire starters. Then proceed to light the newspaper in several spots. As the newspaper burns in the chamber below, the flames light the edges of the charcoal above.

 

Peek through the vents of the chimney to check if the coals have started and the edges of the coals have turned grey. If the coals have not started, burn another piece of newspaper. You can also drizzle the newspaper with cooking oil before lighting so it burns longer.

 

After about 10 minutes, you will see the coals starting to glow through the vents and flames starting to flicker over the top layer of coals. Pour them out into a pile and wait until the coals are mostly covered in ash and grey in colour. Then spread the coals out.

 

The entire process takes approximately 15 minutes.

Any enclosure in which the appliance is used shall comply with one of the following:

 

- An enclosure with walls on all sides, but at least one permanent opening at ground level and no overhead cover. (figure 1)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead enclosure and no more than two walls. (figure 2 and 3)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and more than two walls, the following shall apply. (figures 4 and 5)

 

- At least 25% of the total wall area is completely open.

 

- At least 30% of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.

 

- In the case of balconies, at least 20% of the total of the side, back and front wall areas shall be and remain open and unrestricted.

gET CHARCOAL bbq READY FOR LIGHT UP

clEAN YOUR bbq

It's important that before lighting any charcoal barbecue, you clean out any ash or grease that has been left behind from previous cooking.

 

To do so, wipe down the grate with fresh cooking oil.

OPEN THE VENTS

Make sure you open the vents on the bottom of the grill. This lets in more air to fuel the flames.

dECIDE ON CHARCOAL

When selecting charcoal, you need to consider the quality of the charcoal and flavour it infuses into the food as this will affect the overall taste of the food. 

 

You can determine this through the clearness of the smoke when you cook over the coals. Selecting a quality product like the Lotus Grill Beech Lump Charcoal will greatly enhance the existing flavours of your food.

PACKING & LIGHT YOUR CHARCOAL BBQ

LIGHTER FLUID

When using lighter fluid, pack the coals close together in a pyramid shape to increase coal-to-coal contact and help the fire to spread.

 

Carefully squirt the lighter fluid over the coals, using only about 1/4 cup of fluid per pound of charcoal. Allow the lighter fluid to soak for 30 seconds.

 

Then light with a BBQ lighter.

 

Allow the coals to burn until they are not smoking and white on at least 2/3 of their surface. This allows for a more even cooking.

Charcoal chimney

When using a charcoal chimney, fill the chimney with an appropriate amount of charcoal. A standard chimney holds about 100 briquettes, although you may not need that much. Fill the bottom of the chimney with newspaper or fire starters. Then proceed to light the newspaper in several spots. As the newspaper burns in the chamber below, the flames light the edges of the charcoal above.

 

Peek through the vents of the chimney to check if the coals have started and the edges of the coals have turned grey. If the coals have not started, burn another piece of newspaper. You can also drizzle the newspaper with cooking oil before lighting so it burns longer.

 

After about 10 minutes, you will see the coals starting to glow through the vents and flames starting to flicker over the top layer of coals. Pour them out into a pile and wait until the coals are mostly covered in ash and grey in colour. Then spread the coals out.

 

The entire process takes approximately 15 minutes.

The Tucker charcoal chimney

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

Tucker Barbecues has designed a charcoal chimney that can sit on top of a wok burner on the side of your barbecue. You can then use the jet lighter of the wok burner to vastly speed up lighting of the coals.

 

Click HERE to purchase one of your own.

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

The Tucker charcoal chimney

Tucker Barbecues has designed a charcoal chimney that can sit on top of a wok burner on the side of your barbecue. You can then use the jet lighter of the wok burner to vastly speed up lighting of the coals.

 

Click HERE to purchase one of your own.

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