Everyone will agree that charcoal grilling is the purest form of BBQ grilling. It brings
irresistible flavors and aromas to the food. However, there’s one major
drawback with this grill. It requires more cleanup operation after your
grilling work is done.
The problem is not only the clutter and potential debris. Putting out the charcoal grill is also more difficult than other BBQ cooking equipment. It’s not a simple process. In fact, it’s trickier, messier, and a bit more dangerous than you may think. But there is proper procedure to follow in order to stay out of risk while putting out the charcoal grill effectively. If you want to learn how to put out a charcoal grill, here is a step-by-step process that will guide you.
Things you will need
To put out a charcoal grill in the right way, you will need some tools and some level of skill. Here are the tools you should have when extinguishing your charcoal grill.
- Trowel or metal spatula
- Fire extinguisher
- Long tongs
- Wire brush
- Aluminum foil
- A bucket of water
- Heatproof oven mitts
Shut down the charcoal grill
Start by wearing heatproof oven mitts to stay safe and avoid too much heat from the
grill. Take out the rack and close the grill gently. For charcoal grills with
vents, be sure they are properly closed. Closing the vents will make sure you
completely cover all areas where oxygen may likely pass into the grill. It will
prevent any risk of fueling the fire as a result of airflow.
Coals usually take more time to completely cool down. And sometimes, you may not be
entirely certain if the coal has cooled down. In this case, it’s recommended to
close all the vents and leave the grill for up to 36 hours. Although it may take
a little less time, it’s important to take precautions and be very sure.
Take out briquettes and ashes
After sure the grill is completely cooled down, take out the ashes and burned out
briquettes. Scoop the remaining ashes with an ash removal and pour them in the
aluminum foil before disposing them. Make sure you properly wrap the foil and dispose
in a carrier or metal trash. Remember that a plastic carrier can easily melt or
burn when you place hot ash or briquette on them. So, you need to avoid using
plastic bin or can.
If you don’t have a lot of patience to wait until the briquette is completely
cooled down, there’s an alternative. You can use a long handled tong to scoop
the briquettes. But make sure you make use of another metallic container to
hold the briquettes and ashes. This will prevent any exposure to heat or burns
in case the briquettes are still burning.
Do not extinguish immediately with
We cannot stress enough the importance of taking safety precautions when putting out the grill. This is one of the problems a lot of people encounter when extinguishing the grill. Spraying or pouring g water directly on the grill is absolutely not a great idea. It’s not the best way on how to put out charcoal grill. If there is any indication of heat from the grill, the best thing is to wait until you are sure the grill has cooled down. When you douse hot coal with water, it can produce may disperse more ash and create a high level of steam, which may cause nasty burns. Secondly, your grill will be at risk of cracking when this is done often.
Dispose the aluminum foil
Do not assume that the briquette is cold when you want to transfer the wrapped
aluminum foil. Take precaution by holding them with a pair of tongs when moving
them to the trash can. Try as much as
possible to minimize the risk of flare up or heat hurting you.
Clean out the charcoal grill
Use a trowel or metal spatula to clear out the ash remains in the grill. Afterwards,
carry out a proper cleanup of the grill. Concentrate more on the grill vents
since it’s where the bulk of ashes will gather.
Make use of a wire brush to clean the grates. Sometimes you can use water and soap
to clean this area. Also, don’t forget to use silicon spray to lubricate this
area once in a while to prolong the grill’s lifespan.
Return the remaining briquettes
After making sure the briquettes have cooled down, use tongs to put the leftover
briquettes back in the grill to make use of them whenever you want to grill
The above process on how to put out a charcoal grill is a simple and practical one. The most important thing is to be sure you take the necessary precautions in order to stay safe and prevent accidental burns.