How to Use a Charcoal Chimney

For persons who love the idea of cooking their food in the outdoors while giving their food a natural Smokey flavor, using a charcoal chimney with your grill is the way to go. A charcoal chimney (as the name suggests) utilizes coal in order to produce the necessary heat for grilling. So whether you like to grill your chicken, fish, beef, vegetables, or shish kebab, a charcoal chimney provides the right type of heat instead of using liquid fuel for grilling your food, while providing you with the freedom of cooking what you love in the outdoor.

Things you will need

  • Charcoal chimney
  • Charcoal
  • Newspaper
  • Lighter
  • Food


  1. First of all you must ensure that all your equipment are properly cleaned and sanitized. Place the charcoal chimney on a non flammable surface like concrete. Open the grill and remove the wire rack and leave the grill completely empty.
  2. Take a couple pieces of dry newspaper and crumble them up and put them into the bottom compartment of the charcoal chimney. Then pour the amount of charcoal you need into the top section of the chimney until it completely filled.
  3. Find the hole on the outside of the chimney, and through this hole, use a lighter to set the newspaper on fire while at the bottom of the charcoal chimney. Once it is lit, the fire from the newspaper will produce smoke, so allow the charcoal to heat for about 20 – 30 minutes, depending on when the charcoal has turned grey and has an orange glow in the center. If the fire ceases, you may have to add more newspaper.
  4. Secure that you have on your cooking gloves (mitten) then lift up the charcoal chimney and empty the charcoal from the chimney into the grill. Then spread out the charcoal and place the wire rack on top. Now you can place your desired food onto your grill and start cooking.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Always wear the necessary protective clothing when cooking and when dealing with heat, like the proper gloves.
  • Do not take up the chimney while the newspaper is still burning. If the wind is blowing it can blow the flames on you or in your face.
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