If you pile up a bunch of charcoal briquettes, pour on the lighter fluid and toss a match in your grill, the fire starts fast, but you have to wait half an hour for the petroleum by-products to burn off. Instead of briquettes try using all natural lump charcoal. It burns hotter, cleaner and longer than the manufactured stuff. And if you really want to maximize your outdoor cooking, think about investing in a ceramic cooker. These things retain heat so well that you can be up and cooking in as little as 10 minutes with even, consistent heat. While the inside is hot, the outside isn’t, so it won’t heat up the patio like a metal grill. You can use a ceramic cooker just like a grill but in some ways it’s more like an oven, which means you can cook almost anything this holiday weekend.
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