Getting Started: Charcoal

Grilling with
charcoal is as
easy as 1-2-3.

Quickstart Guide

STEP ONE

CHOOSE YOUR

CHARCOAL TYPE

STEP TWO

FILL THE CHIMNEY

WITH CHARCOAL

STEP THREE

IGNITE THE CHARCOAL WITH

A CHIMNEY STARTER

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KNOW YOUR COALS

There is more than one type of charcoal and each one has different flavor, burn rate, and temperature.

BRIQUETTES

Reusable: No
Ignite with: Chimney and two fire starters Ready to grill in: 20-30 minutes
Heat Level: Low/Medium
Burn time: Approx. 2 hours
Best for: General use. Provides stable, even heat for burgers, brats, dogs, and basic grilling fare.

LOGS

Reusable: Yes
Ignite with: Chimney and four fire starters Time to full ignition: 30-40 minutes
Heat: Medium/High
Burn time: Approx. 3 hours
Best for: Fast-cooking yakitori, thin cuts of meat and seafood. Great for when you need the grill to stay hotter, longer.

LUMPS

Reusable charcoal: Yes
Ignite with: Chimney and three fire starters Time to full ignition: 30 minutes
Heat: Medium/High
Burn time: Approx. 2.5 hours
Best for: Adding extra flavor and high heat for steaks, kabobs, and veggies. Try different pairings and find new favorites.

CHARCOAL TIPS

Think of charcoal as the first ingredient in your grilling recipe. Different charcoal types work better for certain ways of cooking and types of ingredients and marinades. Check out our Charcoal 101 page for more details and insights on grilling with charcoal.

Make sure your charcoal is completely ignited, and all the coals are glowing and ashy. Remember, never use lighter fluid!

Get into the temperature zone. Control your heat level by loading 3/4 of your coals on one side and 1/4 on the other.

Quality charcoal is a terrible thing to waste. If you have remaining lumps or logs, remove them using tongs from your YAK into a charcoal bucket and cover with a lid.