Can you use Matchlight charcoal in a chimney?
Fill the chimney with charcoal. I use ⅔ standard charcoal briquets for the lasting heat and ⅓ lump misquote charcoal for flavor. The amount of charcoal you use should vary a little depending if you are using direct or indirect heat. Light the newspaper in a few places through the holes on the bottom of the chimney.
Does Matchlight charcoal go bad?
The shelf life of Kingsford® Original Charcoal is indefinite so long as the product is stored in a cool, dry place. Kingsford® Match Light® Charcoal and Kingsford Match Light® Charcoal with Mesquite have a shelf life of 1–2 years if stored properly, meaning the bag is unopened, free of tears or sealed tightly.
How do you know when charcoal is ready to cook on?
Wait until your charcoal has burned to an even temperature before placing any meat on the grill grates. When the charcoal firsts turns white, it is hot on the outside, but still cool on the inside. You want to wait until at least 2/3rds of the charcoal have turned white and the charcoal has stopped smoking.
How long does a chimney of charcoal last?
Charcoal briquettes are usually formulated to burn for about 1 hour at a steady temperature, generally hotter than smoking temperatures. There are differences between brands, so in the interest of fire management, it’s helpful to find a brand that works for you and stick with it.
How do I start charcoal without a chimney?
If you find yourself without a chimney starter, you can apply a similar method without the added equipment. Simply bunch up a couple pieces of newspaper and place them in the middle of the charcoal grate. Then build the coals up around the paper in a pyramid fashion, light the newspaper, and let it go.