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Choosing Your First Charcoal Grill

By on July 22, 2017 in BBQing with 0 Comments

I recently moved into a share accommodation.  In our weekly house meeting, we decided we wanted to broaden our horizons and try new things. We love food, it’s a blokes house, so we are always trying new ways to cook. So we decided to try and buy our first charcoal grill.

charcoal grill

We actually went through a lot of different things when it came to deciding what to buy, like :

  • what type of charcoal grill will suit our needs.
  • where we planning on camping with the charcoal grill?
  • what accessories did we need for the grill.
  • how to keep it clean

Plan what you are doing with the charcoal grill

The above type of needs really dictates what charcoal grill you will end up with. If you are camping you will need a charcoal grill that is small enough to travel with you. Smaller charcoal grills are ideal for cookouts, camping, and tailgate parties.  But not so much if you were cooking for a larger amount of people.

If you plan on feeding a larger amount of people, a larger charcoal grill will better suit your needs. If you are having issues deciding on which type you should get, you may consider getting both. Smaller charcoals grills can cost as little as $10 to $15 and will give you the ability to travel.

Planning the fuel and safety

Charcoal grills contain hot embers and fire when it is in use. Safety should also be a major concern when you are picking out your first charcoal grill. Look for a charcoal grill with a sturdy structure and sturdy legs. If your grill does not have sturdy legs, the chances of falling over is much greater.

When a charcoal grill falls over, it sends hot coals flying. Many charcoal grills also have built-in safety features such as a water reservoir and smothering valves.

When you are cooking with fire, accidents can happen. In the case that your grill gets out of control or becomes too hot, these safety features will prevent potentially dangerous fires. The fire department has much better things to do than help you cook.

A charcoal grill can add flavor

One of the most noticeable features when using charcoal is the flavor of the food you cook. To cook with a charcoal grill, you must buy charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid.

Charcoal can be picked up at your local superstore, gas station, or grocery store, and is typically pretty inexpensive. Which is good as it’s a one-use item, and will be thrown away after each use. Charcoal must be light and allowed to burn until the charcoal is no longer on fire, but is red embers. The best way to get the pile to burn is by stacking it in a pyramid and using a chimney starter.

How to clean the grill

While no one likes to clean their grill, it is necessary to maintain your grill if you want it to last its intended lifetime. One problem you will face is that charcoal grills stay hot for a long time. You can remedy this situation in 2 ways.


You can leave your grill open, allowing it to burn out. This method typically burns a lot of the grease off, but can potentially cause problems if you are not near your barbeque grill. You do not want to start a grease fire.


Another way is to completely close off your grill and deny the fire oxygen. As soon as the grill is cold, or cold enough not to burn you, you will want to clean the grill. Leaving the grill dirty for any amount of time will cause the buildup to become hard and make it harder to remove.

Use a wire brush to clean off the surface areas of your grill, and then spray cooking oil on the surface. Take the racks off and clean them with dishwashing soap. Dawn or other brands that have degreasers work best. Rinse the racks off, and replace them in the grill.

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About the Author: Michael Wuze is a regular content contributor to Living Out The Back, which was started as a way to share the best of what life has to offer outside your home. The backyard is the one area so many people don't enjoy that we want to help you with. Everyone should enjoy their backyard. .


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