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Use sugar instead of lighter fluid - Once sugar is exposed to a flame, it decomposes rapidly and releases a fire-friendly chemical that can help ignite that stubborn charcoal. Simply apply a light dusting of sugar to the coals before you light them.
This is my emergency lighting kit. Got the idea last year after the big tornado. These little solar lights give off a lot of light, surprisingly. Got the rack from Lowe's. (It's an under shelf basket turned upside down.) This way, I can keep them outside and charged up, but they can be brought inside very easily. :) I also tied the basket down to my deck so it wouldn't fall off.