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 have a large tin can that once held tomatoes and I drilled 4 1" holes in the sides. I take a couple of paper towels and drizzle veggi oil on them and crumple them up in the bottom of the can then I fill the can almost to the top with charcoal and light the paper towels through the 4 holes. After around 10 minutes all the charcoal is ready to place in the basket. I use long tongs to remove the hot coals and place them on top of the coals in the basket "minion style."
Last cook I did something I learned from one of the Brethren here and I took another large tomato can, cut the top and bottom out then placed in the middle of my fire basket, filled the basket with charcoal around the can. After the coals in my starter can were hot I dumped them into the can in my fire basket. I then removed the tin can (use tongs or an oven glove.)
The fire burns from the inside to the outside. It seemed to work very well but as it was the first time I need to do more research on which method works the best.