I've been having trouble my last few cooks getting my charcoal 1)lit and 2)piping hot. I've been using Frontier Brand charcoal and it has been working great until my last few cooks. I'm about 3/4 of the way through my bag.
I have been using my mapp torch to light but my cannister ran out so I've been trying the alcohol method (91%) and all it does is burn out without getting the charcoal started. Last night I used a new cannister of mapp but I still had trouble getting the charcoal lit and once I got it lit, I couldn't get it up over 500 degrees.
Has anyone had trouble like this getting charcoal lit? It is almost like the charcoal has gotten damp but I'm not sure how. It has been humid and rainy here this past week but the charcoal I've been using was inside most of the time.
I hope it isn't bad charcoal because this is by far the best deal on charcoal around here 40lbs for $14 at Sam's and the lump is really well sized.