It's a good idea to have charcoal stored away for emergency cooking. If you use a charcoal chimney, you don't have to have lighter fluid. Also, it lights much faster. It's much more effective. If you have a large can, #10, you can make your own cheap. You can use a coffee can or a clean paint can, etc. You can get new paint cans at some home improvement stores and paint stores. I used an old coffee can from my dad's garage that he stored nuts and bolts in.
You don't need the lid. You want to put holes in the bottom (easier while still on the can). You can use a drill, but I just used a screwdriver and hammer. I think I should have put a few more, but this will do. This is the first one that I've made. Then, cut the bottom off with a can opener. This will be the grate that you put down inside the can to put the charcoal on.
Then push the grate down in the top to rest on top of the screws and then put more screws in above those screws, above the grate, to hold it in place. I used a drill to get the holes started just to make it easier. I don't have much "elbow grease" these days as I type for a living.
You don't have to have a handle, but it makes it easier to pour the coal out when it's ready. (Otherwise, you can use pliers, oven gloves, etc.) I cut a piece of a dowel to make a handle that won't get hot, drilled holes through it, and used these bolts I happened to have.
Oh, I almost forgot. You need to put holes all along the bottom. You can just use a church key can opener.
been with a new can. lol
Then, I read, according to the Kingsford web site, it will last indefinitely, like I originally thought; but I figure it can't hurt to store it in containers to be sure is stays dry over a long period of time.