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.
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