1. Gather pieces of white oak or other wood for cooking. Small pieces from around the bark work well for kindling. 00:25
2. To start the fire: Build a teepee of wood by stacking the white oak pieces in a criss-cross pattern. Tear off a piece of cardboard or newspaper and roll it into a loose bundle. Set fire to one end of the bundle and place the whole thing inside the stack of wood. Roll another loose bundle of cardboard and, using tongs, place it into the wood pile as additional kindling. Repeat as needed. 01:11
3. After an hour of burning, the wood will look ashy and gray; the inner parts will still be glowing red with fire. At this stage, the fire is probably hot enough to use for cooking. 02:51
4. To determine if the grill is hot enough for cooking, you should only be able to hold your hand over the grill grate for one second. Remember that some parts of the grill will be hotter than others. If there is a lot of smoke being emitted, meat can be smoked by covering with a lid or tenting with foil and cooking on low heat at 250 degrees for two to three hours, depending on the meat. 03:16
What You'll Need
White oak or other wood for cooking (4 to 6 pieces)
Cardboard scraps or newspaper
Match or lighter
White oak is a great wood to use for home grilling. It burns at an even
temperature, gives off a mildly smokey flavor, and is easy to find in
Cardboard is a good source of kindling because it is a dense material which will burn slowly but it can be shaped loosely to allow air to circulate. Air is key to keep a fire going. Newspaper can also be used.
Hard coals can also be used to fire a grill, and they will come to temperature faster than wood does in case you are pressed for time.