Originally Posted by jcinadr
Can you explain the details of the veg oil paper towel method - sounds a lot like the used peanut oil method that I never quite mastered.
I tried using the basket as a chimney and just stuffed crumbled up newspaper under it - and that did not work. I used veg oil soaked paper under an actual starter chimney a few times for my webber grill with good success.
Quite often, I open the lid and look in the drum and see there is still plenty of charcoal for one more burn. So just hitting the top with the weed burner w/o even touching the basket is the laziest thing to do. If I was actually pulling out the basket - I guess putting an oil soaked paper towel under it, and lighting it would be the next easiest. (currently don't have any nipples, so would need to light the paper towel before putting the basket back in...)
I take a couple paper towels and wipe up the left over grease from pan fried bacon. I sandwich bag them and throw them in the freezer and that way I always have a supply of "charcoal starters".
You simply light each end of the paper towel and place it on top of the basket of charcoal in the drum. As simple as that! When your temps start coming up you adjust your intake to the sweet spot and you're ready for the groceries.