News vintner Mike Davidson is grilling with gas after having a hardship with charcoal:
I'm a big fan of grilling with dragon's-breath-in-a-can¹. It's fast, it's clean, and who doesn't like a device that comes with it's own fuel supply. If you do the science a good grill is only a few parts shy of a being Titan missile and that's too damn cool not to have one.
Later, in his comments, Mike explains the cause of the "unappetizing experience":
Say waaa? Uh...er, yeah, huh?
Ah, I think I see the problem here. Mike used "directions". Hell, if man had used directions human civilization would still be a family of four running around Eden naked, eating twigs, and taking unlimited piggy-back rides on dolphins and sasquatch.
Charcoal grilling requires a lot of fuel, a few matches, and if you're safety conscious, some type of anti-fire technology like a water hose (you get a 1-up if it's actually hooked-up to the spigot). It's imperative for you to know that the purpose of charcoal in this process is to serve as a soaking agent for fuel. Other agents can, or may, include stacks of dry wood and old warehouses down by the docks.
Like a good steak, charcoal has to be seared to produce the best taste (this helps to contain the gassy-fuel fumes inside the brick, I think) and that can only be done by soaking the bricks in lighter fluid.
This is done by simply by pouring an entire can, sometimes two, all over the bricks think Splash Dance. If fuel begins to drip out of the bottom of the grill it's time to make fire with said matchstick. Don't worry about the left over fuel because you can later squirt it into the fire producing these magnificent Sammy-Hagar-Cabo-Wabo-style fire plumes.
Repeat this step as necessary and remember, if at first you torch the bricks into instant ash don't fret. Like the classic bag of hot dog buns to package hot dogs ratio there are always more bricks in a bag of charcoal than you can safely fit into a grill. It's like a two-fer in every bag. That said, after years of using a gas grill I don't think I'd go back to charcoal
In closing my lawyer has advised me to add that engaging in this ritual should be done at safe distance from children, pets, your abode, and Jehovah's Witness.