Cooking outside over a grill is one of my favorite summer pleasures. But getting that perfect fire going can be incredibly frustrating. Try to avoid petroleum starters – they can add unwanted flavors to your food. For hard-pressed charcoal briquettes, I prefer the electric type of starter. It’s essentially a loop of high resistance metal that gets red-hot and starts the coals with direct contact. One of these gizmos will cost you around $20. The chimney-style device costs about the same. You simply stuff bunched-up newspaper in the bottom and put the coals in the top. The paper is lit with a match and the whole device set on the grill. The best of these is the WEBER Chimney Starter. Whichever method you choose, remember: safety first.