Don't look to the timer to tell when the grill is ready. Get in the habit of testing the heat before you add the food, and you'll become a better, more intuitive griller. Here's how:
- Hold your hand 6 inches above the coals. If you can stand the heat for only two seconds, the fire is hot and good for searing.
- If you can take it for three to four seconds, it's medium-hot, ready for grilling.
- If you can stand the heat for five seconds, the fire is medium and right for grilling heat-sensitive foods such as fish.