Depending on the type and composition of the particular charcoal or briquette, we choose the most efficient method of lighting. The aim is to heat the coal in the shortest possible time, evenly and to the maximum. Natural coals need a longer time and a more intense flame to heat up, so they are commonly heated on a gas or electric stove, in a fireplace or in a fire pit. An excellent alternative to these methods (if you are out of range of these sources) is to light them with a special charcoal burner. It takes about 8 minutes to light a briquette (or charcoal). Rapidly inflamable charcoals contain a fast-burning mixture, so they are easier to light. With a regular lighter you can heat a quick-ignition charcoal to the maximum in a few minutes, with a charcoal lighter in a few seconds.