Below are some helpful “green” grilling tips from Cal Flame so you can grill your favorite meals without harming the environment.
Gas vs. Charcoal
- Although it doesn’t offer the same flavor as charcoal, the cleanest, most energy-efficient grilling option is gas grills (natural gas or propane), with electric grills coming in a distant second.
- The demand for natural gas and electric products certainly has environmental impacts, (offshore drilling, hydro-electric dams and coal-fired power plants), but these two options still offer the cleanest, most energy-efficient way to burn fuel.
- Wood and charcoal burners pollute the air with tiny particles of soot that can contribute to chronic lung and heart problems.
Use Organic Meats & Produce
- Look for free-range meats that have been grass-fed or produced using certified organic feed.
Use Eco-Friendly Briquettes
- Briquettes or lump charcoal are NOT completely earth-friendly because burning either of them can cause pollution.
- Producing wood-based lump charcoal can contribute to global warming and/or deforestation.
Dispose of Ashes Properly
- Wood ash is alkaline. It can be used in the garden as a fertilizer, but only if you’re trying to neutralize very acidic soil so apply it with care.
- Charcoal ash contains chemical residues which are harmful to plants and should be disposed of in the garbage.
Light Your Fire without Fluid
- Chimney starters and electric probes are good alternatives to lighter fluids, which emit harmful
- ·VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) when lit. They are inexpensive (usually $12-$15) and provide a fast, reusable, pollution-free alternative for lighting up the grill.