Re: How to make a charcoal lighter
Well, the home-made one sounds interesting, but the wood-grip handle on the commercial ones is there for a reason -- you often want to grab the charcoal starter and dump the coals, or even shift it around or lift it up to stuff more paper or maybe even some twigs underneath.
I HATE kerosene charcoal starter -- why not cut out the middleman and just pour it on the burgers directly?? Anything else is better, but the commercial starters are cheap and very efficient.
Don't under-rate twigs -- they've made good hot fires for as long as mankind has played with flames. Mixed in with some newspaper they work very well in these chimney-style starters. Europeans still make small folding metal stoves that only burn twigs for making small pots of coffee and tea.
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Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.