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Firing Up Your Grill? Know the Safety Precautions in Using BBQ Fire Starters

January 28, 2022

There are many occasions, throughout the year, that gives barbecue lovers an excuse to fire up their grills. Depending on the occasion, the choice of outdoor food can include just about anything, such as beef, pork, chicken, seafood, or vegetables. Australians love venturing outdoors to grill, and they are always looking for ways to do it better.

Food preparation and safety – Make sure to wash not only all the food you plan to grill. But also the plates and dishes used to hold your uncooked food. Don’t reuse plates for uncooked meats to place your freshly grilled foods, and for safety sake. And always keep a spray bottle within hand reach to spray water in case of flare-ups.

Preparing for clean-up before you start grilling – the best grillers have learned to be prepared and will place aluminium foil inside their cooker before adding charcoal briquettes. Doing this makes it very easy to clean up ash once you have finished barbecuing. Just make sure to poke some holes through the aluminium foil where it covers the opening holes in the bottom of your cooker to allow oxygen in.

Choose the best fuel for your barbecue – choosing between charcoal and briquettes can be tricky for many people, as they perform differently depending on their quality and type. Depending on the type of food you are planning to grill, and the heat needed, if you choose to use charcoal to smoke or flavour your food, then consider either mallee root or mangrove charcoal that is locally sourced.

If you choose to use briquettes, then it is recommended to use high-quality Heat Beads BBQ Briquettes, as these are consistent in size, and provide a steady heat source – the most essential aspect of grilling.

BBQ Charcoal Starter Kit or Heat Beads Firelighters – once you have chosen the fuel type for your barbecue, starting a fire effectively and safely is the next step. It is not recommended to use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire, as these not only pose a safety risk but will taint the taste of the food you are grilling. A BBQ Charcoal Starter Kit is a very simple and effective way to fire up your charcoal or briquettes. Or by using Heat Beads Firelighters.

A BBQ starter kit isn't for the first-time griller. It's for anyone who wants to enjoy a tasty meal on their favourite grill. A BBQ starter kit is a mobile chimney that allows you to control the burning of your charcoal. These chimneys are metal funnels that are roughly a single foot in height. Covered in holes to create airflow, each chimney has two filters inside -- one at the top and one at the bottom.

At the bottom of the chimney, you can place a little bit of newspaper or a lighter cube. Above the first grate, you will fill the chimney with your charcoal. Light your fuel source in the first chamber, and allow the charcoal to heat up that can take roughly 15 minutes. When the top of the charcoal starts to turn grey and ashy, you know the charcoal is ready to be poured into the grill for cooking to begin!

Marinade your food – instead of relying solely on BBQ sauce to flavour tenderised meats and food, marinade overnight if possible, but if you don’t have that long, at least let your meat soak for about an hour in your marinade sauce.

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