I was lighting up my grill the other day, and I (as a gestalt) flashed on three different posts that I could hang on that action, using three different objects. To start with, I have been using chimney style charcoal lighters since the 1980’s. Sure, my father lit his hibachi with lighter fluid.
Anyway, I used about one bottle of starter (like I learned from my pop) before I switched to the chimney starter.
But I recently wised up about putting a wad of newspaper in the bottom: The point of the chimney is to let the air flow through, but most people start by plugging the bottom with paper.
Now I wad the two sheets of tabloid-size newsprint into long rumpled cylinders, and then twist them into a torus.
“Bull!” you say?
No a torus, or doughnut shape, is the perfect form for the task. This lets the hot flames flow up the center, rather than out the side holes.
Here’s how it goes:
Step 1, make a ring out of old newspaper (Today’s Object at Hand):
Step 3: Fill the top with your favorite charcoal (more about this in a later post):
Step 4: Ignition from below:
Step 4: Wait the usual 20 minutes at the charcoal warms up, hydrocarbon free.
So today’s Object at Hand is a bit of twisted trash used intelligently.