I'm trying to get away from using charcoal lighter or self-lighting briquets. I don't like having both in the camper, even though I keep them in a sealed plastic bucket.
So, I started using the charcoal chimney again and it's not bad. On our last camping trip I filled the top with a layer of pine cones with charcoal on top. On the bottom I wadded up a bunch of newspaper and lit it.
The regular, non-fueled charcoal took off in about 10 minutes and was ready in about 25 minutes.
It didn't give off any of the chemical odor of the self-lighting charcoal.
Although self-lighting charcoal can come in handy when everything's wet and if you need to start a fire in wet conditions, for general use I'm going back to the chimney and regular charcoal.
You can get a charcoal chimney for about $20 at sporting goods stores.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman