Lighting a charcoal barbecue is a more manual process than lighting other types, but doesn’t have to be difficult. You can attempt to light it with no assistance, but we recommend using specialist lighting aids for the best results. The rule of thumb is that charcoal heats up faster but briquettes stay hot for longer.
Either way, you should always use lighting aids, such as Weber’s lighter cubes, to light your barbecue. These products are designed to make it as easy as possible to get your barbecue to temperature. This is the safest and easiest way to achieve red-hot coals. Weber also offers various charcoal products.
- Measure out the amount of charcoal specified in the recipe using the briquette scoop (which was included free with your Weber charcoal barbecue) and pour into the Chimney Starter.
- Light three lighter cubes on the coal grate.
- Position the Chimney Starter over the cubes.
- Wait until flames appear at the top of the Chimney Starter. This is a sign that the coals are glowing.
- Shake the glowing coals into the grilling baskets (beware of sparks!) That’s it!