You use lighter fluid to get charcoal going
THE RESULT: Food that’s flavored with a hint of chemicals.
THE FIX: When stomachs are rumbling, a hit of lighter fluid on the coals to give them a jump start can seem like an easy shortcut. Resist. The time you save with lighter fluid isn’t worth the bitter taste it leaves behind, and no sauce, marinade, or rub can hide it. To start a charcoal fire, all you need is a chimney starter and some newspaper. Stuff the newspaper in the bottom of the chimney starter, place charcoal in the top, and light the paper. The coals will be ready in about 30 minutes.