Nothing tastes like food that has been cooked on a charcoal grill but, when you’re done cooking, it’s important to make sure you take care of the hot charcoal correctly. Improperly extinguishing a charcoal grill can have dire consequences, including damage to your grill, fires, and steam burns. Read on to find out how to put out a charcoal grill the right way.
There are several steps to extinguish a charcoal grill properly and the truth is that it may be a little more involved than you thought it would be. The truth is that this is not a quick and easy process. Still, it’s important to be as safe as possible and following the proper procedure is very important. Here is how to put out a charcoal grill the right way:
Note: You must not pour or spray water directly onto the charcoal if there are any signs of heat or if 48 hours have not passed. When coal burns, it gets extremely hot which means that the grill itself also gets extremely hot. Pouring water onto hot coals and therefore a hot grill can not only cause the grill to crack but also send dangerous amounts of hot steam into the air. That said, it’s always a good idea to keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby when extinguishing your grill and removing the briquettes just in case an ember drops into your yard and starts a fire.
If your charcoal grill doesn’t have a lid, it’s important to proceed safely. Here are instructions for how to put out a charcoal grill without a lid:
Note that while it is possible to use and extinguish a grill without a lid, it’s not recommended. A lot of people experienced with cooking on a charcoal grill would argue that a lid is essential. It helps maintain the temperature and can make your food taste even better. But the main reason is that extinguishing a charcoal grill using this method is not as safe as it would be with a lid. You’re using tongs to move extremely hot charcoal, one piece at a time. There is a good chance that one might drop or an ask or ember can break off and start a fire on in your yard. If you don’t have a lid for your charcoal grill, replacement parts are available from most manufacturers.
Once you’re done using your charcoal grill, it’s important to make sure to extinguish it the right way. Remember, you cannot just dump water onto the hot charcoal. This could not only crack and damage the inside of your grill but it can also send a large amount of hot steam into the air which can burn you or your guests.
The best way to extinguish a charcoal grill is by using the lid. Most if not all charcoal grills come with a lid. If you don’t have one, we recommend getting a replacement to make sure you’re being as safe as possible.
Using a lid is particularly effective because it cuts off the air supply to the charcoal, stopping the flame from burning. Keep in mind that the briquettes themselves can continue to burn for up to 48 hours after the grill was extinguished. While it may seem excessive to have to wait this long to deal with the briquettes, it is the safest approach.
There is a controlled way to extinguish a charcoal grill without a lid but extreme safety precautions have to be used as it essentially involves removing hot charcoal from the bottom of the grill one briquette at a time. Again, this is not the ideal approach but, if you don’t have a lid, it is the best way to proceed.