How to Put Out A Charcoal Grill: Extinguishing and Saving Unburned Fuel

It’s time for the summer barbecue season, and you’re getting ready to light up your charcoal grill. You’ve got a friendly fire going with plenty of flaming coals just waiting to be cooked on. But how do you know when it’s safe to put the grill out?

The answer is not as simple as flipping a switch, unfortunately. This guide will show how to extinguish your charcoal grill safely while saving any unburned fuel for future use!

You’ve finished grilling, so now the only thing left to do is put out those lit lumps of charcoal. What would be more satisfying than doing this yourself?

Charcoal is dangerous if left burning. It’ll smoke while you’re not watching it. It’s a danger to children, pets, persons unaware of the situation, and even your property.

Keeping your grill burning for hours after you cook isn’t just wasteful; it’s dangerous.

Furthermore, saving unburned fuel is a waste of resources and money. When the charcoal does not burn entirely up in one use, there will be leftovers that accumulate inside your grill over time. This leftover ash can clog the vents and restrict airflow. It can cause the grill to overheat and fail.

Can I Pour Water On My Charcoal to Put it Out?

Don’t use water! It is the most common mistake people make when putting out their charcoal grill. You may think that you’re making it easier or safer on yourself by using water, but this is the best way to create a fire hazard.

Water causes the coals to explode and flare up, not go out! You’ll have a large fire on your hands that’s just as dangerous and wasteful as if you’d left your coals burning.

How to Put Out a Charcoal Grill in the Correct Way?

It’s time to fire up those coals and get cooking! But what happens when it comes time for the final step in our barbecue process – putting out that fire? You can’t just put a lid on it and go to bed, right?

Grilling is all about patience. You need to take steps in the correct order to avoid injury, property damage, or even death.

There are a lot of conflicting opinions about how to put out your charcoal. Here’s what I think is the most secure and hygienic approach:

Seal the top and bottom vents with the lids closed: Charcoal requires oxygen to burn, just like any other fuel. After the vents are closed, the charcoal is suffocated when whatever air is trapped inside.

Allow 6 to 8 hours for the charcoal to burn out and the grill to cool down.:  You can’t rush a good thing! The longer you wait, the more oxygen is trapped inside, and your chance of success is better.

Remove the ash and spent charcoal from the ashes.: When the grill is cool to touch, and there’s no heat or odor, you can safely dispose of your leftover charcoal.

Put out any embers that are still smoldering: If there are still unburnt coals that haven’t gone out after the wait time, put them in a metal bucket and pour water over them. It will put out the embers and any remaining fuel that might be in there!

What If I Want to Save (or Reuse) My Charcoal?

If you want to save your unburned charcoal for later, here are some tips:

• Make sure that it’s entirely out before saving or discarding any leftover fuel! The best way is to douse it with water.

• Transfer your leftovers to an airtight container and store them in a cool, dry place until you need them again!

• Don’t keep any leftover fuel for longer than 12 months – if not used up within this time frame, dispose of the charcoal properly as hazardous waste.

If we’ve made you rethink your charcoal grilling habits, check out this guide on how to grill the right way.

What to Do In An Emergency

In a barbecue, a fire can become out of control on rare occasions. Grease dripping from the food onto the hot charcoal is usually to blame.

What do you do if the fire spreads out of control?

• First, remove the lid from your grill and carefully pour water over the charcoal.

• If you’re using a gas barbecue, cut off the gas supply.

• If you’re using wood or charcoal, try to remove the fuel source (i.e., move any coals away from the fire).

• If the flames don’t die down, use a damp towel or oven mitt to put out any remaining embers.

• If this doesn’t work, leave the grill to burn out completely.

Safety tips When Cooking with a barbecue

The following are important safety tips you should never forget when cooking with a barbecue:

• Keep your grill and cooking area away from the house, deck railings, and combustible items like bushes and trees.

• Before igniting your barbecue, check for any grease build-up on the grate and underneath it.

• Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.

• Never pour water onto a flaming grill – it will flare up!

Final Thoughts

There you have it. Put out that barbecue safely saves the leftover coal from reusing later, and try these tips for grilling like a pro!

Z Hashan

Z Hashan

Hi, my name is Z Hashan, and I’m passionate about smoking the best BBQ. There’s nothing more satisfying than cooking a delicious piece of BBQ and seeing the joy on people’s faces while they have a bite of it.

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