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Build a Charcoal Fire

Simple steps to create a charcoal fire that starts quickly, requires little maintenance, and provides a range of temperatures

Gary Junken
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Avoiding the traditional pyramid stack of briquettes, Chef Steve Johnson demonstrates how to build a fire that responds quickly and provides a range of temperatures.The main thing that gas grills have over charcoal grills is that they are easier to work with. With gas it’s no problem to start and maintain the fire and control the temperature. But, as this video shows, charcoal is easy to work with as well. Avoiding the traditional pyramid stack of briquettes, Chef Steve Johnson, owner of The Blue Room in Cambridge, Massachusetts, demonstrates practical methods that are sure to make you king or queen of the grill.

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