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Grilling on a gas grill doesn’t take much effort, and that’s part of its charm. You can simply turn on the gas, adjust your heat, and get to work. However, a charcoal grill requires a little more work and a little more practice to become a great grillmaster. If you’ve never used a charcoal grill before or you’re a little rusty, here are a few tips for making the most out of your grilling.

Lighting the Grill

There are two main ways you can light the grill. You can stack your charcoal in a pile, add lighter fluid, and light the pile. However, this some people believe this can cause an off taste. The better way, we think, is to use a chimney starter. It looks like a canister with a handle, and you load your charcoal in the top. Underneath, you add a few pieces of newspaper according to your chimney instructions, and then you light the newspaper.

When the flames are visible at the top and gray ash is starting to show, it’s time to dump the charcoals onto the lower rack of the grill in a pile. You’ll continue to see flames, and when the charcoal is covered in gray ash, you can spread out your coals and get to work.

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Keep Two Zones

You’ll want to arrange your coals so that one side is hotter than the other. That way, when there are flare-ups, you can simply move your food to the cooler side until the flames die down.

Temperature Control

The charcoal grill has vents that control the flow of oxygen. Closing the vents cuts off oxygen, which is what feeds the fire.

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