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First, light the grill, then go get the food ready. All the lighters work, just find the one you are most comfortable with. I keep a supply of oil soaked paper towels in a zip lock, Mapp torch is on stand by and a box of cubes on the shelf in the garage and alcohol is on BGE table. All work great...but start the fire 1st, then pour a nice glass of red vino while food is being prepared for cooking. Life with the BGE is goood.