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What's the REAL MAN'S way of doing charcoal?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Cool Impala Glocker, May 1, 2012.

  1. Cool Impala Glocker

    Cool Impala Glocker NRA Member

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    A fellow and I are debating this pretty good. We both have Weber grills. I have the Gold 18.5 standalone grill. He's got the platinum 22 grill that has a table attached to it, and a propane fire starter. He uses the fire starter to lite his coals. I tell him he's cheating or not doing it the right way. The way I've ALWAYS done it was Charcoal Chimney starter with papers below. No lighter fluid at all. He uses lighter fluid like crazy! :wow:

    Both use kingsford blue bag.

    What do y'all say? :grill:
     
  2. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    He uses a propane fire starter and lighter fluid? Ghey.

    I use a chimney and the Weber paraffin cubes. Easy and no chemical lighter fluid taste. But whatever floats his boat I guess.
     

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    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    Chimney!
    You never get rid of the fuel taste.
     
  4. el_jewapo

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    The bonafied captain caps lock REAL MANS way is a gallon of pure gasoline lit by a half smoked 50 ring gauge cigar. Even though I don't think a cigar will ignite gasoline, a REAL MAN would make it work.

    That said, I use a chimney with news paper.
     
  5. kiole

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    Chimney unless you like the taste of lighter fluid

    Weber chimney 4 sheets of paper towel with a little cooking oil on them.
     
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    Clean burning propane. Taste the meat, not the heat.
     
  7. VinnieD

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    I prefer wood when i can get my hands on some good hickory. Not close enough to Texas to get mesquite on the cheap though. (I hear that stuff is practically a weed over there).
     
  8. Diesel_Bomber

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    The proper way to start charcoal is whatever makes you happy. There are a lot of "right" ways to do this job.

    In my mind, propane starter > chimney > lighter fluid.
     
  9. Dan_ntx

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    I use a chimney starter but I really like the natural lump charcoal. It burns hotter and doesn't last as long, but I like the extra heat when cooking steaks and burgers etc.

    For smoking meats I use Kingsford and lots of soaked wood chips...easy to control and manage the temp. I use a chimney starter and paper for that as well.
     
  10. Glock31odgreen

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    I use fluid no big deal for me...


    Glock 31 OD Green-22&15rd sticks,Larry Vickers magazine release,Ghost Ultimate 3.5,Wolf competition spring kit.
     
  11. Rizzo

    Rizzo Garbage Day!

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    The real man's way? Why, the Chuck Norris way, of course.

    Chuck makes his own charcoal briquettes by using his bare hands to compress the mixture of sawdust, borax, sodium nitrate, paraffin, and limestone. He then lights the pile with his own rage.
     
  12. Cool Impala Glocker

    Cool Impala Glocker NRA Member

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    How much are the paraffin cubes? Keep in mind I pretty much cookout 4-5 times a week and go through a LOT of newspapers.

    I'm pretty much the same. Use kingsford for grilling and indirect grilling. Use royal oak when smoking in the smoker. I use real seasoned tree oak cuts up into chunks...grilling I use hickory and apple.
     
  13. MtBaldy

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    I don't remember but they're not very much.
     
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    Lump charcoal, chimney and paper. And bourbon while waiting for the coals to be ready.
     
  15. jay-bird

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    Kingsford charcoal. Huge pyramid. A quick douse of lighter fluid. Light IMMEDIATELY. Let it burn30-45 minutes. After the fluid burns off and the coals are very hot I spread out the coals and put the slightly oil coated grate on. Then after the grill is hotter than hell, I grill. Master.
     
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    I use the chimney & paper method. I stopped using fluid years ago.
     
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    If you watch the show...his whole family think charcoal grilled food is FAR superior in taste.

    They actually hid charcoal so Hank wouldnt find it.:rofl:
     
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    Funny story I just recalled.

    Years ago an old friend's wife decided to cook on the grill. Squirted lighter fluid DIRECTLY ON THE FOOD when the fire went too cold.

    Btw...I use fluid and never notice a taste. Give it time to burn off and its a non-issue.
     
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    I know, and Hank eventually found he liked charcoal better as well, but that was what came to mind when I saw the thread.
     
  20. Diesel_Bomber

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    Egg cartons work great too. :supergrin: