Lighting: Cowboy Charcoal is an all natural charcoal product, it burns cleaner, lights easier and cooks hotter than briquets. This allows you to use less charcoal and cook quicker. Charcoal Tips: Cowboy Charcoal is sensitive to air and will light and burn quite readily! Note: Take adjustments in your air vents and grill lid to control the rate of burning. Suggested Starters: We suggest using starters such as a charcoal chimney, an electric starter or paraffin coated sticks. They are economical, ecological and easy to use! Using a Charcoal Chimney: We highly recommend starting your fire with a charcoal chimney. It uses newspaper as a starter, is easy to use and does not give food an after-taste. Using a Starter Fluid: In a clean grill close air vents and pour approximately two pounds of charcoal into a pile. We suggest building the fire on one side to allow for better cooking control. Follow directions on starter fluid package for amount to use. Add starter fluid to charcoal, light immediately, keep grill uncovered until ready to work.