There are two primary types of charcoal you will find at your local market or grilling store: briquets and lump.
The pitmaster preferred method for lighting charcoal is to use a charcoal chimney. This is a cylindrical metal tube with a handle. It has a shelf near the bottom to allow airflow under the coals.
When setting up a charcoal grill, using the two-zone grilling method is a pitmaster’s secret to success.