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Barbecue Starter - don't use fuel anymore!

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Barbecue Starter Tip

Do you still have an old fashioned barbecue, that uses coals?  We don't care for those gas barbecues, the food just doesn't taste the same as when it's grilled on charcoals.  I thought everyone knew about these charcoal starter devices, but every now and then I'll be out looking at property, and smell that awful charcoal lighter smell as someone is trying to light their BBQ.  What a waste of energy!  Please don't do it!

Since we like to barbecue a lot, we use a CHIMNEY for starting the coals.  I think everyone should have one of these things.  You can buy them at Sears, for sure, and probably a lot of other places, once you know what you're looking for.  They are really easy to use, and the best part is, no stinky fossil fuels are needed.  Look at our barbecue here - I think this was its maiden voyage - it doesn't look this good anymore!  We got it at WalMart 2 years ago and it's looking pretty well used by now, just like the chimney.

Hey no matter how crappy it looks, it still works.  I think we paid $25 for the chimney years ago, and it has paid for itself over and over.  So start doing your environment a favor, and start using one of these chimneys.  They make great gifts too, for all your grilling buddies that aren't enlightened.

 

Here's how it works 

Wad up 4 sheets of newspaper (Maui News works best) and put them in the bottom compartment.  Fill the top part up with the charcoals and set it inside the barbecue.  Light the paper and sit back.  Make sure the fire catches.  As the papers burns, it gets the coals started and pretty soon you will see the flames coming out the top of the chimney.  You see it works just like a chimney, drawing the heat up.  After about 20 minutes, when the coals are all glowing, pick it up and empty the hot coals into the bed of the barbecue.  See how easy that is!  Now warm up the grill, and start cooking.

For a really low cost alternative - take a great big restaurant size empty can and cut out both ends, punch a bunch of holes in the lower half and use it.  It works!  (Just be more careful when dumping it out.)

I have been known to buy a barbecue for happy clients when they buy their first home on Maui.  If you'd like to know more about the Maui real estate market, please give me a call.

aloha from Maui - The Hunter - Georgina M. Hunter R(S) - EMAIL ME

 

Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • January 21 2008 05:46PM

Comments

Georgina, I too hate charcoal lighter fluid. I've been using newspaper (the only thing its good for since I don't have birds or sell fish) and twigs. I think I'll try the chimney idea. Thanks.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Hi Bill,  try it!  You'll like it.  We used to do the large can method back when we were poor folks.  It works too.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
Our daily newspaper also makes a great fish wrapper.  Not much for reading though.  LOL
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Hi Randy - I see you posted a picture of the inflatable mongoose in Kahului.... too funny.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Georgina

I am with you on the barbecue. Nothing can ever replace that great smoke taste.

Regards

Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago
that is something new! I have never heard of starting this way and am going to try it out! thanks!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Tom - Some of us die hards just can't get behind those gas grills.

B & B - I'm glad I made a convert - that's made my day!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

A pal of mine had a hibachi grill that folded up in to a chimney.  You would fill the bottom of both sides of the hibachi with coals, contain them with grills, then fold the two halves to the centre. There was a little catch to hold them. i can't remember what we used to start the fire at the bottom. In any case, the coals woul catch fire in the chimney and we were ready to go in 20 minutes. I have not seen one like this for 30 years.

Posted by Dave over 10 years ago

A pal of mine had a hibachi grill that folded up in to a chimney.  You would fill the bottom of both sides of the hibachi with coals, contain them with grills, then fold the two halves to the centre. There was a little catch to hold them. i can't remember what we used to start the fire at the bottom. In any case, the coals woul catch fire in the chimney and we were ready to go in 20 minutes. I have not seen one like this for 30 years.

Posted by Dave over 10 years ago

Dave - that sounds so cool!  I don't think they make them like that anymore.  those old Hibachis were great.  Thanks for commenting!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

The more we can wean ourselves off of everything that comes from petroleum, the better we will be!

Posted by Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors (eReal Estate Corp) over 10 years ago

Tiffany - thanks for commenting.  I cringe when I see people buying bbq lighter fluid - there's just no need for it.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

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