The Napoleon charcoal tray gives you the freedom to switch from gas to charcoal with relative ease. Simply replace your sear plates with the charcoal tray, fill with charcoal and light using your gas burners. Replace your cooking grids and now you’re charcoal grilling! Before you begin to use your charcoal tray, you will need to determine how much charcoal you are going to need. Approximately one layer for burgers or steaks and two layers for roasts or chicken. Pour enough charcoal into the tray to make the layers needed. Light the gas burner(s) directly under the charcoal tray and burn on high until the charcoal is glowing red and then turn off the gas burner(s). Let coals burn until all coals are white on the surface. With a long handle instrument, spread the coals evenly across the tray.
Tip: Never add lighter fluid to burning coals. Even if there is no flame, the heat will vaporize the lighter fluid and can cause a serious flare-up the second the vapor encounters a flame.