If you're using brickets, stop. If you're using lighter fluid, stop. Even if you don't do this crazy mod, buy a charcoal chimney and start using natural lump charcoal that pretty easy to find anymore. Lights quickly (with just one sheet of newspaper) and burns super hot. A bonus is that if you're just making a small meal it reduces the amount of charcoal you'll need to use by concentrating the heat.
Step 1: Needs
--An old Weber Smoky Joe grill (or equivalent)
--A charcoal chimney
--Metal cutting saw
--Welder (optional, but very nice to have)