How to Light Charcoal with Minimal Smoke? (Simple Hacks)

Charcoal grills have always been known for offering the amazing and unique smoky flavor to every food. That’s why lots of people own the best budget charcoal grill nowadays.

However, not necessarily everyone who likes charcoal grilling is a fan of that smoky flavor. Even it may turn out to be irritating for some people. To deal with such a situation, one might know how to light charcoal with minimal smoke.  

In the market, there is a special type of charcoal that doesn’t produce any smoke. But the problem is such type of coal will cost you almost twice the usual coal.

Therefore, the best way is to use regular charcoal yet to avoid unnecessary smoke. Feeling confused? I have got you back.

Let’s know how to light charcoal with minimal smoke. Let’s dig into it…

How can I light charcoal with minimal smoke?

Sometimes you may head about the chimney starter method to light charcoal with minimal smoke, which is nothing but a myth. Contradictorily, using the chimney starter method produces heavy smoke with lots of ash flying around. Besides, if you ever use any kind of paper soaked in oil, it will further worsen the situation.

I have never tried the special type of charcoal that is aired as the no smoke charcoal. However, I have been using the three most preferable methods to light charcoal with minimal smoke. These are:

  1. Using the  electric starters method
  2. Using the  fire starter cubes method
  3. Using alcohol-based method

Light charcoal with minimal smoke using the electric starters:

Over the years, I have found the electric starters method as the most convenient user-friendly method of lighting charcoal with minimal smoke. In fact, it has never failed me. It only produces very little smoke, which is sometimes hard to notice. To light charcoal with minimal smoke using electric starters, do as follows:

  1. Find out the right type of coal: To start with, this process requires you to find out the right sort of coal.  Frankly speaking, no matter what people say, the type of coal you use determines how much smoke it will produce; some produce less, while some produce more.

Pro tips: It is never about using the costly charcoal the produces no smoke. Rather you can choose regular charcoal like the coconut or the lump charcoal, which is not costly yet suffices to be the best pick. In fact, no unusual and extra smoke while lighting.

  • Arrange an electric starter tool: There are a total of four types of systems to light the charcoal, e.g., the chimney starter method, the looftlighter method, the electric starter method, and the lighter fluid method. However, it is safest to sue the electric starter method. No need for any matches or lighter; you can easily arrange a device designed kind of an electric pistol.
  • Start heating the coal: When you have the electric starter tool, be whatever it is, you can start heating the coal right away. You keep doing this for about 10-12 minutes; you will see the coal getting warm gradually. When you think the coal is enough hot, you have to stop heating the coal directly and let the remaining coal to ignite from the already ignited coal around.

Pro tips: The very moment you see almost half of the charcoal is ignited already, y7ou should stop hitting the coal using your electric pistol; no direct heating from then on. Just wait until the rest is fully ignited.

  • Let the coal turn gray: The charcoal is fully heated doesn’t mean you are all set to cook. I forbid cook until the charcoal turns gray. Before you cook on it, you should at least see the grayish tone on the charcoal. You will feel like that charcoal is coated or covered with a layer.

Pro tips: Wait for at least 25-30 minutes; t doesn’t usually take more than that. When you feel the embers, you are done with this process.

This was everything about lighting charcoal with minimal smoke using electric starters. After that, you can start cooking whatever you want at ease.

Light charcoal with minimal smoke using the  fire starter cubes:

Why the same old technique over and over again? I found this amazing technique when I was looking for a unique method of lighting charcoal with minimal smoke. The first few times I was a failure, later I mastered it. Here are the tips to light charcoal with minimal smoke using the fire starter cubes:

  1. The first step is to arrange Stubbs briquettes to light up most efficiently. This type of charcoal produces very little smoke since it is a kind of lump charcoal.
  2. Then light it up using the firestarter cubes slowly. It will start up with a very low temperature.
  3. You can also try changing the lump charcoal and the light started.
  4. This way the charcoal burn for a long time, yet produces heavy heat with a little smoke.

Pro tips: WSM should contain the charcoal ring very tightly. Besides, using an extended steel piece on the grate to stop the charcoal from stepping away

Light charcoal with minimal smoke using alcohol-based method:

I have used this technique a few times. The reason I have decided to mention it here because of its efficiency. However, you should perform it as described below:

  1. Arrange an average size cup and fill it up using the alcohol.  You can choose from the meths, rubbing alcohol, spirits that are methylated, or the ethanol.
  2. Then pour it up using charcoal and wait for some time until the charcoal is well soaked. I recommend the lump charcoal.
  3. Then it is time to flick a match on it. When you flick, you will see about a 2-inch high flare. Then let the flames go down or die slowly.
  4. This way it will light the charcoal with minimal smoke.

Pro tips: Don’t forget to cover the alcohol bottle before you start the fire and keep a safe distance while lighting it up. Besides, never pour more charcoal midway.

Conclusion

You might not like the usual and unnecessary smoke and the smoky flavor of charcoal grilling; it is absolutely fine. You don’t need to change the way you grill. Besides, irrespective of what type of grill you use, or what type of charcoal you use, you can just light charcoal with minimal smoke if you follow the techniques mentioned above.

Happy grilling! And don’t forget to share your experience with me.

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