- Remove top grill grate; set a chimney starter over bottom grate. Place crumpled newspaper under chimney starter.
- Fill starter to the top with charcoal and light newspaper with a match. Let coals burn until white-hot and covered with gray ash.
- Using a heatproof glove or mitt, pour coals from chimney starter onto bottom grill grate. Replace top grate and cover grill.
- Allow grill to heat 30 minutes before starting to cook. To tell if the temperature is high enough for cooking, hold your hand about 3″ over the grill grate. If you have to pull away after 4 seconds, it's time to start grilling.
- Using a heatproof glove or mitt, remove top grill grate and, using tongs or a shovel, push all the coals to one side of the grill. Replace top grate.
- Use the hottest area on the grill—directly over the coals—for your direct grilling zone. The area without coals will become gradually cooler; use this part of the grill for indirect grilling.