How Green is Your Grill?


Barbecuing and cooking on the grill is a cuisine tradition of many. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the impacts of your grilling extravaganzas: 

  • Gas Beats Charcoal: Charcoal grills give off 2 times the amount of carbon dioxide than gas grills. Gas burns cleaner than charcoal, which releases a mixture of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – key ingredients in smog. Gas is also more efficient at cooking your meat and veggie recipes. Not convinced gas is better? Check out these two comparisons from Earth 911 and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • For the Charcoal Purist: Look for charcoal made with sustainable sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and use a chimney fire starter to heat the coals instead of the more polluting lighter fluid. 
  • For a Chemical Free Clean: Instead of using chemicals to scrub your grill try natural cleaning agents like baking soda and vinegar, or just plain soap and water.