That having been said, the basic procedures for using a grill arenít particularly complicated. For a gas grill, youíll want to make sure, first, that all burner control knobs are turned off. Make sure the cover of the grill is off. Turn on the gas source, then light the fire as instructed in your userís manual. Youíll likely use a long match or one of those long barbecue lighters (some of the nicer models might have a built-in sparker button, in which case you can just use that). Once the grill is lit, place the cover on the grill, and let the grill pre-heat for 10-15 minutes or so.
For a charcoal grill, youíll need to stack a nice cone of charcoal briquettes or wood chips inside your grill. Pour lighter fluid over your coals, and let the coals absorb the liquid for a minute or so. (Alternatively, you can buy instant-lighting charcoal thatís already pre-soaked in fuel, thus allowing you to skip that lighter fluid step). Toss a lit match onto the charcoal (be very careful Ė keep hair tied back and jump away as soon youíve dropped the match), or if your grill allows it, light the coals from the bottom using a long match. Once the coals are glowing grayish-white, spread them out along the bottom, using a long-handled tool. Donít cover the entire bottom uniformly Ė youíll want some areas of low heat, some areas of high heat. Cover the grill and pre-heat for 5-10 minutes.