What's the best way to light charcoal?

The most common way to light charcoal is with lighter fluid. While this proves to be effective, it often times leaves behind an unpleasant flavor on your food, so be sure to allow all of the fluid to burn off of the charcoal pieces before you begin cooking. This should take about 20 minutes. There is also self-lighting charcoal, but, again, be sure to let the pieces burn thoroughly before cooking. Nowadays, though, there are many alternatives to lighter fluid, such as the Charcoal Chimney Starter and electric charcoal starter, both available at your local Westlake Ace Hardware store.

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Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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