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Saturday, March 15, 2008

3 Reasons for Storing Away Leftover Charcoal

In a previous article, removing the leftover charred fuel (now charcoal) from the grill was one way to stop the fire. Actually, you could’ve just left the remaining embers in the fuel bed and forgotten about it. In a safe location, the remaining fuel would just be consumed. It’s the lazy man’s way of slowly putting out the fire.

But wait, it’s not only lazy, it’s wasteful as well! No sense leaving the coals to just burn, coz, this is low-cost grilling, remember? So here are the top 3 reasons for storing away your leftover charcoal:

  1. First, storing them in a loosely covered tin can assures the safe containment of the fire.
  2. Secondly, these leftovers can be reused as fuel in your next cooking or grilling session.
  3. Thirdly, and probably the best reason for storing, is to use these as effective fire enablers for the next grilling.

Charcoal, with enough heat catches fire far more easily than firewood. And so, with glowing live coals, there’s less probability for the fire to just die out. And if it does, well, you still have your trusty fan, don’t you?