Did you ever light a charcoal grill or do you planning to do this?

I believe lighting coals is the most difficult task in a charcoal grill. There is no pushing button to start, no knob to maintain the heat. Grilling on a charcoal grill without not getting heat is just beyond the think.

Lighting charcoal with lighter fluid is a faster and easier way than others. Just make a shape of coals then pour enough fluid on the coals, and let them soak the fluid, finally light them with a match or fire starter.

I have some horrible experiences with charcoal grill (mostly during the lighting).

Lol, I am not going to share these experiences. But I am going to share how to light charcoal with lighter fluid.

What is Fluid

Let’s get introduced with fluid. The fluid is a kind of aliphatic petroleum solvent liquid that is covered by a can or bottle. It is used in different ways, like lighting charcoal or barbecue foods and campfires. Actually, it is harmful to the environment. And it also may add some debris of toxic chemicals on the grilled food.


You need to be a little more cautious about charcoal grill than others. Fire and lighter fluid act as like as iron and magnet. So, always keep a certain distance from the fire. Even if the fluid is clung in your hand or somewhere in the body while pouring, you must clean it first before lighting the coals.

How to Light Charcoal with Lighter Fluid:

how to light charcoal with lighter fluid

Step-1: The first step to light any kind of charcoal grill is cleaning ash from the coal box.

Step-2: Make a shape of coals. It is better to be a pyramid shape.

Step-3: Pour a decent amount of fluid on the coals. Let them soak the fluid for 5 minutes. Be cautious while pouring fluid not to get on your hands. Better to wear gloves.

Step-4: Light the coals with a match or lighter in 2-3 places of the shape carefully.

Step-5: Let them burn for 15 minutes until the coals get white.

Step-6: Spread the burning coals on the charcoal box.

Step-7: Put the foods on grilling grate and let them cooked.

Note: Don’t pour lighter fluid on burning coals to heat up. It may be exposed.

Final Verdict

Usually, people light charcoal with higher fluid when the weather is cold or coals are not dry enough to be lighted. As I would say, skip this method as much as possible.