Charcoal (lump or briquettes), or wood but never ever use lighter fluid or match light charcoal. You can use lump charcoal, charcoal briquettes or wood chunks or chips. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Most of the time, we choose high-quality briquettes for their consistency and ease of use. We recommend using a charcoal chimney to light your fuel. You can start your chimney on the fire plate then dump the lit coals in place.