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Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:18 pm
by JTWood
I had a first in grilling last week. I had to throw out everything I had cooked on the grill because everything was covered in charcoal dust (I don't use gas). Here's what I think happened:

I cleaned my grill of the old ash before cooking, like always. I used the same charcoal brand I've been using for two years, same lighter fluid, and same technique (covered cooking). The only thing I changed was that I opened up the bottom vents on my pit wider than normal.

I understand that the physics of what I did would create an updraft. I actually wanted that to happen. I was hoping my coals would burn hotter with the extra oxygen and that the updraft would create more of a convection thereby cooking the meat more evenly. However, I didnt' think it would create such a large updraft that it would aerosolize the ash.

Have you guys ever had anything like that happen to you? I'd never heard of that happening before.

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:40 pm
by Dan Lambskin
JTWood wrote:I had a first in grilling last week. I had to throw out everything I had cooked on the grill because everything was covered in charcoal dust (I don't use gas). Here's what I think happened:

I cleaned my grill of the old ash before cooking, like always. I used the same charcoal brand I've been using for two years, same lighter fluid , and same technique (covered cooking). The only thing I changed was that I opened up the bottom vents on my pit wider than normal.

I understand that the physics of what I did would create an updraft. I actually wanted that to happen. I was hoping my coals would burn hotter with the extra oxygen and that the updraft would create more of a convection thereby cooking the meat more evenly. However, I didnt' think it would create such a large updraft that it would aerosolize the ash.

Have you guys ever had anything like that happen to you? I'd never heard of that happening before.


never had that happen, was it real windy or something?

anyway...as a fellow charcoal griller, toss the lighter fluid and invest in this ;-D

Image

[url=http://www.amazon.com/Weber-87886-Chimney/dp/B00004U9VV/sr=8-1/qid=1155926214/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1315587-5526453?ie=UTF8]Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
[/url]

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:41 pm
by acsguitar
I cook with propane and propane accessories

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:48 pm
by JTWood
Dan Lambskin wrote:
JTWood wrote:I had a first in grilling last week. I had to throw out everything I had cooked on the grill because everything was covered in charcoal dust (I don't use gas). Here's what I think happened:

I cleaned my grill of the old ash before cooking, like always. I used the same charcoal brand I've been using for two years, same lighter fluid , and same technique (covered cooking). The only thing I changed was that I opened up the bottom vents on my pit wider than normal.

I understand that the physics of what I did would create an updraft. I actually wanted that to happen. I was hoping my coals would burn hotter with the extra oxygen and that the updraft would create more of a convection thereby cooking the meat more evenly. However, I didnt' think it would create such a large updraft that it would aerosolize the ash.

Have you guys ever had anything like that happen to you? I'd never heard of that happening before.


never had that happen, was it real windy or something?

anyway...as a fellow charcoal griller, toss the lighter fluid and invest in this ;-D

Image

[url=http://www.amazon.com/Weber-87886-Chimney/dp/B00004U9VV/sr=8-1/qid=1155926214/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1315587-5526453?ie=UTF8]Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
[/url]

Dude, I heard about these things a few weeks ago, and I've been strongly considering grabbing one since then.

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:58 pm
by Coppermine
JTWood wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:
JTWood wrote:I had a first in grilling last week. I had to throw out everything I had cooked on the grill because everything was covered in charcoal dust (I don't use gas). Here's what I think happened:

I cleaned my grill of the old ash before cooking, like always. I used the same charcoal brand I've been using for two years, same lighter fluid , and same technique (covered cooking). The only thing I changed was that I opened up the bottom vents on my pit wider than normal.

I understand that the physics of what I did would create an updraft. I actually wanted that to happen. I was hoping my coals would burn hotter with the extra oxygen and that the updraft would create more of a convection thereby cooking the meat more evenly. However, I didnt' think it would create such a large updraft that it would aerosolize the ash.

Have you guys ever had anything like that happen to you? I'd never heard of that happening before.


never had that happen, was it real windy or something?

anyway...as a fellow charcoal griller, toss the lighter fluid and invest in this ;-D

Image

[url=http://www.amazon.com/Weber-87886-Chimney/dp/B00004U9VV/sr=8-1/qid=1155926214/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1315587-5526453?ie=UTF8]Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
[/url]

Dude, I heard about these things a few weeks ago, and I've been strongly considering grabbing one since then.


Once you use a chimney starter, you won't know how you lived without it. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but they're all but absolutely necessary for charcoal grilling.

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:06 pm
by mikhayl
2 things:

A chimney is a must. Lighter fluid SUCKS.

I've never had ash come up and I cook with the bottom ventilation open pretty wide -about halfway.

Was it really windy? Did you let the coals burn for too long before putting the meat on there? Was the top ventilation open all the way?

That story's a major bummer. I hope you had enough beer on hand to wait out another round of grilling.

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:18 pm
by JTWood
mikhayl wrote:2 things:

A chimney is a must. Lighter fluid SUCKS.

I've never had ash come up and I cook with the bottom ventilation open pretty wide -about halfway.

Was it really windy? Did you let the coals burn for too long before putting the meat on there? Was the top ventilation open all the way?

That story's a major bummer. I hope you had enough beer on hand to wait out another round of grilling.

I had the bottom vents open at about 75% and the top at 100%, but the top is considerably smaller than the bottom as there are two vents underneath to the one on top. It was windy, but I can't imaging that a closed grill could be altered that much by a moderate wind (15-20 mph).

It was already late that night, so I had to settle for microwaved hot dogs to go with my four side dishes.

:-/

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:25 pm
by Dan Lambskin
JTWood wrote:
Dan Lambskin wrote:
JTWood wrote:I had a first in grilling last week. I had to throw out everything I had cooked on the grill because everything was covered in charcoal dust (I don't use gas). Here's what I think happened:

I cleaned my grill of the old ash before cooking, like always. I used the same charcoal brand I've been using for two years, same lighter fluid , and same technique (covered cooking). The only thing I changed was that I opened up the bottom vents on my pit wider than normal.

I understand that the physics of what I did would create an updraft. I actually wanted that to happen. I was hoping my coals would burn hotter with the extra oxygen and that the updraft would create more of a convection thereby cooking the meat more evenly. However, I didnt' think it would create such a large updraft that it would aerosolize the ash.

Have you guys ever had anything like that happen to you? I'd never heard of that happening before.


never had that happen, was it real windy or something?

anyway...as a fellow charcoal griller, toss the lighter fluid and invest in this ;-D

Image

[url=http://www.amazon.com/Weber-87886-Chimney/dp/B00004U9VV/sr=8-1/qid=1155926214/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1315587-5526453?ie=UTF8]Weber 87886 Chimney Starter
[/url]

Dude, I heard about these things a few weeks ago, and I've been strongly considering grabbing one since then.


i have that exact one...i think it was about $20 with shipping...plus you get to burn up old newspaper

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:42 pm
by mikhayl
Dan Lambskin wrote:i have that exact one...i think it was about $20 with shipping...plus you get to burn up old newspaper


Also term papers/journal articles/ and for us old fogies, TPS reports.

Re: Question About Grilling

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:08 pm
by raiders_umpire
JTWood wrote:I had a first in grilling last week. I had to throw out everything I had cooked on the grill because everything was covered in charcoal dust (I don't use gas). Here's what I think happened:

I cleaned my grill of the old ash before cooking, like always. I used the same charcoal brand I've been using for two years, same lighter fluid, and same technique (covered cooking). The only thing I changed was that I opened up the bottom vents on my pit wider than normal.

I understand that the physics of what I did would create an updraft. I actually wanted that to happen. I was hoping my coals would burn hotter with the extra oxygen and that the updraft would create more of a convection thereby cooking the meat more evenly. However, I didnt' think it would create such a large updraft that it would aerosolize the ash.

Have you guys ever had anything like that happen to you? I'd never heard of that happening before.



:-? I cook on my grills about 5 times a week and I can't remember that ever happening to me. Had the charcoal possibly been wet?