How to Light Masterbuilt 560

Are you ready to become a barbecue master?

In this guide, we’ll show you how to light your Masterbuilt 560 grill like a pro.

With just a few materials and some simple steps, you’ll be on your way to creating delicious, smoky flavors in no time.

Get ready to impress your friends and family with your grilling skills.

Let’s dive in and get that fire started!

Gathering the Necessary Materials

You’ll need to gather a few materials before you can start lighting your Masterbuilt 560. First and foremost, ensure you have a reliable lighter or matches on hand. It’s crucial to choose the right lighting method for your grill, as this can greatly impact your overall grilling experience.

Next, make sure you have a sufficient amount of charcoal. The amount you’ll need will depend on the size of your grill and the duration of your grilling session. It’s always better to have a little extra charcoal on hand, just in case.

Safety precautions when lighting the Masterbuilt 560 are of utmost importance. Before you begin, make sure you are in a well-ventilated outdoor area, away from any flammable objects. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case. Additionally, wear heat-resistant gloves to protect your hands from any potential burns.

Once you have gathered all the necessary materials and taken the necessary safety precautions, you are ready to start lighting your Masterbuilt 560. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific grill model, ensuring you light the charcoal evenly and allow it to fully ignite before placing your food on the grill. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when grilling.

Preparing the Charcoal and Wood Chips

Once you’ve prepared the charcoal and wood chips, it’s time to get the fire started. Follow these steps to ensure a successful fire and delicious results:

  • Soak your wood chips: Before using the wood chips, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes. This will help prevent them from burning too quickly and create a smoky flavor.

  • Choose the right charcoal: There are different types of charcoal available, such as briquettes or lump charcoal. Briquettes are more consistent in size and burn longer, while lump charcoal burns hotter and faster. Choose the type that suits your cooking needs.

  • Arrange the charcoal: Create a two-zone fire by arranging the charcoal on one side of the firebox. This allows for both direct and indirect heat cooking.

  • Light the charcoal: Use a chimney starter or electric starter to light the charcoal. Avoid using lighter fluid, as it can leave a chemical taste on your food.

  • Wait for the charcoal to ash over: Once the charcoal is lit, wait for it to ash over. You’ll know it’s ready when the coals have a grayish-white appearance.

Setting up the Charcoal Basket

To set up the charcoal basket, simply place it in the designated area of the firebox.

The charcoal basket is an essential component of your Masterbuilt 560 smoker and plays a crucial role in achieving that perfect smoky flavor. It is important to ensure that the charcoal basket is properly maintained to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

When it comes to charcoal basket maintenance, it is recommended to clean it after each use. Remove any leftover ash or charcoal residue by gently shaking it or using a brush. This will prevent any buildup that could potentially affect the airflow and heat distribution.

In the event that you encounter any issues with your charcoal basket, there are a few common troubleshooting steps you can take. If you notice uneven heating, check if the charcoal is evenly distributed within the basket. Adjust as needed to ensure a consistent temperature throughout the smoking process.

If you are experiencing difficulty in lighting the charcoal, make sure you are using the appropriate amount of charcoal and that it is properly ignited. Additionally, ensure that the air vents are open to allow for proper airflow.

Igniting the Charcoal and Wood Chips

Make sure the charcoal and wood chips are properly ignited before placing them in the smoker. Properly lighting your charcoal and wood chips is essential for a successful smoking session. To ensure a steady and consistent heat, you need to follow the right lighting technique and take necessary safety precautions.

First, gather your charcoal and wood chips. Place a layer of charcoal in the charcoal basket of your Masterbuilt 560 smoker. Then, add a handful of wood chips on top of the charcoal. The wood chips will add a smoky flavor to your food.

Next, it’s time to ignite the charcoal and wood chips. You can use a chimney starter or an electric charcoal starter. If you’re using a chimney starter, fill it with charcoal and place a couple of fire starters or crumpled newspaper underneath. Light the fire starters or newspaper, and within 10-15 minutes, the charcoal should be ready.

Once the charcoal is ignited, carefully pour it into the charcoal basket of the smoker. Spread it evenly to ensure an even heat distribution. Make sure to wear heat-resistant gloves and handle the hot charcoal with caution.

Adjusting the Air Vents for Optimal Airflow

Now, you’ll want to adjust the air vents on your smoker to ensure optimal airflow throughout the cooking process. Proper air ventilation is crucial for smoking meat, as it helps maintain a consistent temperature and allows the smoke to circulate evenly around the food.

Here are three important tips for adjusting the air vents on your Masterbuilt 560:

  1. Open the vents fully: Start by opening all the air vents on the smoker to allow maximum airflow. This will help get the fire going and create the right amount of heat for smoking.

  2. Adjust as needed: Once you’ve achieved the desired temperature, you can adjust the air vents to control the airflow. If the temperature is too high, partially close the vents to reduce the oxygen supply. If the temperature is too low, open the vents slightly to increase the airflow.

  3. Troubleshoot airflow issues: If you’re experiencing airflow problems, check for any blockages in the vents or the smoker itself. Make sure the vents are not clogged with ash or debris. Additionally, ensure that the smoker is placed in a well-ventilated area to allow for proper air circulation.

Monitoring the Temperature and Maintaining the Fire

Once you’ve adjusted the air vents, it’s important to monitor the temperature and ensure the fire stays consistent throughout the smoking process.

Temperature control is crucial for achieving that perfect smoky flavor in your food. To monitor the temperature, use the built-in thermometer on your Masterbuilt 560 or invest in a reliable digital thermometer. Place the probe near the meat for accurate readings. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge and make adjustments to the air vents as needed to maintain the desired heat level.

Troubleshooting fire issues is another aspect of temperature control. If you notice the fire dying down, it may be due to a lack of oxygen. Check the air vents to ensure they are open and allowing enough airflow. If the fire is still weak, try adding more charcoal or wood chunks to boost the flames.

On the other hand, if the fire is too hot and you’re struggling to lower the temperature, partially close the air vents to restrict the airflow.


To conclude, lighting the Masterbuilt 560 is a straightforward process. It requires gathering the necessary materials, preparing the charcoal and wood chips, setting up the charcoal basket, igniting the fuel, adjusting the air vents, and monitoring the temperature.

By following these steps, you can ensure optimal airflow and maintain a steady fire throughout your cooking session. With practice and attention to detail, you’ll be able to master the art of lighting your Masterbuilt 560 and enjoy deliciously grilled meals.