Believe it or not, this guy claims that he can start BBQ charcoals faster with his homemade wire-mesh and hair dryer.
You might want to consider trying this method for your Independence Weekend BBQ.
Whenever I have trouble starting coals for my BBQ I grab a hair dryer, point it at my grill and pull the trigger. One minute later I have red hot coals and I never have to use any lighter fluid to get them started.
Video after the jump!