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I only remove the membrane on Beef back ribs and don't do it on Plate or Short ribs. I have found that removing the membrane on these will sometimes make the ribs fall apart. It's also a lot easier to prepare them if you don't have to do that step.
I've been trying my old chimney recently. I used to just use alcohol directly on the charcoal but that took a while to come up to temperature, so I have now loaded up the chimney, sprayed some alcohol in the middle of the egg and put the chimney on top of it and tossed a match through the holes in the chimney at the bottom. In about 10 minutes the area under the chimney is glowing and I dump the charcoal and spread it around. Very fast and it seems to burn off the VOCs quickly also.