Is your charcoal 'fresh'?
Having a high-quality brand of charcoal is important if you want to have a good grilling session. Lower quality bargain brands can have a harder time getting hot, staying lit and providing consistent results.
Other things to consider are:
- How old is the charcoal? Old charcoal can have reduced grilling properties.
- Has it gotten damp? Store your charcoal in a dry place, and do not leave the bag open
- Is the charcoal new or used? If you are trying to reuse charcoal that is partially burnt from a previous grilling session it can result in the grill not getting hot enough or the coals burning out quicker than expected. We always recommend using all fresh charcoal each time you are going to grill.
How are you starting your charcoal?
If you are having trouble starting your charcoal, we highly recommend our Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter. Light 1 or 2 lighter cubes, place the Chimney Starter over the cube(s) and within 10 - 15 minutes you'll have burning red-hot briquettes.
More oxygen means more heat. While preheating your grill make sure all dampers on the bowl and lid are fully open.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you use your charcoal grill and you should have no trouble getting those coals nice and hot!