The next things that you should buy is a charcoal grill (and chimney charcoal starter). This is assuming that you already have a working refrigerator. The reason that these are home renovation necessities is that with these items you will never lack help when it comes to major jobs like electrical wiring, plumbing, and plaster work. It is amazing how many offers for help you will receive when you have charcoal grilled hamburgers (steaks if you can afford them) and cold beverages of choice (plenty of beer).
If there was anything that I would have done differently at the beginning, it would have been to go out and buy a charcoal grill (and chimney charcoal starter). Instead, I waited until I felt like I had the house and yard “under control.” Had I known how many offers to help out I would have received if I had a grill from the beginning, I would have bought one before I even stepped foot into my own house after the closing!
Here is a brief description of the first few days of “My Journey To Becoming A Grill Master.”
Wednesday, July 3rd…It was the last “American Night Out” for my friend Greg before he flew to Japan. We had cheeseburgers and all of the traditional American fun before he was set to become immersed in traditional Japanese fun. I arrive home from a baseball game with fireworks and find that my grill has arrived and is sitting quietly, waiting for me on my front porch steps. The box is huge. I am convinced that I can grill enough food to feed everyone on my block. I have a leftover chocolate chip cookie from Max & Erma’s (Wednesday night is Free Cookie Night). I dream of great grilling adventures.
Thursday, July 4th…I watch “how-to grill” videos on YouTube. I buy charcoal briquettes, hamburger meat (80/20 just like most of YouTube said I should), and lighter fluid (just like most of YouTube said I should not). I assemble my grill. It slips while trying to figure out the folding “take along” mechanisms. The handle breaks. I fix it with red duct tape, a warning to all that this is hot and dangerous. I cook my first hamburgers. Those YouTube videos were right after all, lighter fluid ruins the flavor! The first caveman to grill his first mammoth burgers probably made the same mistake, so like that caveman, I ate my burgers happily. After all, it was Independence Day, wasn’t it?
Friday, July 5th…I buy a chimney charcoal starter at Lowe’s while on my lunch break. I get home from work and cut the grass. The chimney charcoal starter works like a charm. I eat my burgers and do a caveman dance of joy! (Just kidding! Didn’t I just say I got home from work and cut the grass? Much too tired for dancing. Cavemen didn’t have to cut the grass either!)
Saturday, July 6th…A restless night after imagining all of the things I can cook on a grill. Hamburgers. Steaks. Chops. Chicken. A whole unexplored world of kabobs. Corn. Potatoes. Green peppers. Onions. Pizza. How soon before I can grill again?!?
This photograph was taken July 2013. The charcoal chimney starter looks a bit large for this travel-sized grill, but it works great, even when only half full of charcoal.