Do you have a couple of bags of fresh charcoal?
When we would go to the lake, sometimes the charcoal would be moist. There was a breeze there, so we'd lay the coals out on the deck (on sheets of newspaper.) in the air until dry enough to use easily.
Also, how are you on lighters or long matches, etc.?
About a year ago I got some Bic-type lighters for everyone here...after we needed to cut shade netting, and no one could find a lighter. (In the old house, I had lighters, matches of different types, lengths, etc.)
When I did, I got a bonus pack, and it had 2 extra lighters, that were longer, for lighting stoves, candles, etc.
Let's see, what else...?
Do you have any newspapers? You could store a couple of Sunday editions...maybe one of your neighbors gets a paper and then throws them away/recycles them? 2 or three thick papers can store flat, maybe in your footlocker/trunk where they will stay dry, and pages can be balled up to start coals.
Actually, have you ever seen a coal starter? They are great! Easy peasy!
Or, maybe you use starter fluid? I never have, but a lot of people that I've known do. I know what it smells like, just have never tried it myself. There are also starter cubes...basically wood shavings and wax. One could make their own, if they had a mind to. Egg cartons are a typical mold.
Fire Starter Pods
And, lastly, to make your life easier...what about a handled basket for the bbq? It allows you to flip several things at once, and not drop anything through the grates of the bbq. If you had potato wedges ready to go, or fries, this might work for them, as long as they can't fall through.
The Type For Fish, French Toast, Burgers, etc.
There's also a metal pan of sorts that goes on a bbq. It has sides, and holes in the bottom, so you can put veges in it, and stir them etc. no matter what size they are.
Vege Grilling Basket
Every link is just to an example. There are all types and prices. :-)
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