All of our Char-Broil grills will cook better when you preheat the grill beforehand — for both gas and charcoal. Plus, preheating helps remove some of the residue from prior use. How long should you preheat it? A good rule of thumb is about 15 minutes for maximum temperature or searing. To cook at a lower temperature, like for low and slow cooking barbecue, preheat for 10 minutes or less. Both of those times can vary a little depending on how cold or windy the weather is.
Light the grill with the lid open. Turn the heat setting to the maximum temperature, then close the lid and wait for the appropriate time. When you are ready to grill, you can adjust the temperature.
Light the charcoal and let it burn until the briquettes turn white and ashy. Then, cover the grill with the lid and preheat for about 15 minutes. You will need to open all the dampers when you put the lid on.
Use a chimney starter for an efficient way to prepare your charcoal for the grill.