2 Gallon Charcoal Starter

Scoop out about 2/3 of a cup of InstaFire and put it in the bottom of your grill.  If you have air holes at the bottom of your grill place a napkin or paper towel and place InstaFire on the napkin or paper towel.  InstaFire will insulate the paper and so the paper won't burn that is directly under InstaFire.  

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If you are using InstaFire pouches see video below.  If you are using the bulk 2 gallon - place InstaFire where the below video shows putting the pouch.

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The Charcoal Starter is the safest, easiest, and most economical way to light hard to start charcoal.  Use with an outdoor grill or charcoal chimney to get your charcoals ready to cook in 10 minutes without using lighter fluid

Buy in bulk and save!  Instafire's charcoal starter is NON-TOXIC, and safe to touch. Made from a patented blend of volcanic rocks blended with a hard wood pellet and coated with a paraffin wax Instafire’s Charcoal Starter will burn for up to 15 minutes per 1/2 cup and will light even the most stubborn charcoal, including lump charcoal.  Safe to use in ceramic grills as well.


Did we mention how easy it is to light!?

Scoop out 1/2 to 2/3 cup of Instafire and place under charcoal grate in the bottom of your grill and place on a napkin or paper towel so the granulars don't fall through the holes.  Light it in several spots then place charcoal on the grate above the fire.  When coals edges turn white, you are ready to cook.  Stir occasionally for best results.

Charcoal Starter Features:

  • No harmful chemicals (benzene-free), NON-TOXIC and is a lighter fluid substitute
  • Each 1/2 cup lights up to 75 charcoal briquettes in 10 minutes
  • Non-Volatile — will not explode or flareup
  • Naturally insulated so as to not burn out the bottom of grill 
  • Absorbs fat dripping for easier clean up
  • 3 second light time
  • Sustains winds up to 20-30MPH once lit
  • Ash from burned Instafire acts as a natural fertilizer in your garden or houseplant


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Insta-Fire? A. Insta-Fire is the safest and yet most powerful Charcoal Starter on the planet. 
  2. How much Insta-Fire do I use? Insta-Fire is granulated so just pour what you need into a pile at the bottom of the grill with a match or lighter. Place your charcoal over the flame on the "Charcoal Grate".  Your charcoal is ready when the outside edges start to turn white.  Place the "cooking grate" over the coals and you are ready to cook.
  3. How hot is the flame Insta-Fire produces? Because of the unique nature of Insta-Fire the flame is over 900 degrees, that is why it will light charcoal fast.

  4. How much fire does Insta-Fire produce? A. Insta-Fire produces a 6-10 inch high flame for 5-7 minutes depending on conditions and amount used.
  5. What will I experience lighting it?  A. It will light similar to lighting a candle and will light in approximately 1 second and slowly build from there giving you time to put your wood around the fire.  Depending on the humidity and type of match or lighter used it can take up to 3 seconds.
  6. Is Insta-Fire dangerous - Will it explode? A. Insta-Fire is NOT a hazardous combustible therefore there is no explosion hazard, due to the wax substance it is recommended that Insta-fire be kept in a cool dry place or the wax will melt above 160 degrees.  For safety purposes we make Insta-Fire not to light with a regular spark.  Use a match or a lighter or a magnesium striker to light. 
  7. Does Insta-Fire work if it gets wet? A. Due to the wax substance Insta-fire is water resistant it will still work if it gets wet. In fact it will even float and burn on water. So if it rains or snows – no worries.
  8. Can I extinguish Insta-Fire and then re-use it?  A. Yes, you can smother the fire and then re-use Insta-fire at your own time.
  9. Does Insta-Fire work in the wind or will it blow out? A. You do have to shield Insta-Fire from the wind when you first light it, however Insta-Fire will burn in winds upwards of 30 MPH once it is lit.

  10. Will Insta-Fire boil water? A. Yes, Insta-Fire will boil 2 cups of water in 15 minutes or less (usually less). We recommend using a lid on the pot for a faster boil.

  11. Is there an odor? A. Yes, there is an odor, we use Pine, Aspen & Fir wood pellets that makes a lovely pine scent, there is also an slight odor from the wax substance much like a candle burning.

  12. Can I cook with Insta-Fire? A. Yes, as with most wood fires you can cook with the flame. Just allow proper ventilation to flame and watch your food closely as Insta-Fire produces a very hot flame.

  13. If my fire is going out can I add more to it? A. Yes, you can add more Insta-Fire to any fire just as long as you don’t smother the flame when pouring. However, if you do smother it, simply relight.

  14. Can I use Insta-Fire inside in a fireplace?  A.  Yes, it is safe to use in a fireplace if it is properly vented to the outdoors. 

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