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Will burning primarily wood in a charcoal grill hurt the grill

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  • mrteddyprincess
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    TripleB exactly. It's still a functional grill, but it's not pretty.

  • TripleB
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    $49 says it all.

  • mrteddyprincess
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    My sister has the $49 walkabout grill she got from Lowe's and I was setting it up for indirect heat with charcoal and wood. I placed the chimney contents along the inside side and that caused the red paint on the outside to immediately bubble and then burn. I am in agreement with the above comments but wanted to share the only time I've seen charcoal/wood doing any permanent damage to a cooker. That particular cooker is suitable for indirect cooking, but not if you're worried about the paint job :-)
    Last edited by mrteddyprincess; October 14, 2020, 12:02 PM.

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  • RonB
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    I have added splits to lit charcoal to raise the temp when cooking pizza. No problems for me either.

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  • hoovarmin
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    DrGiggles it's fine as long as you aren't using it as a fire pit and stoking up a bonfire. Not sure what kind of cooker you are working with but most should be just fine handling it so long as you keep the temps in the cooking range.

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  • Bkhuna
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    I will at times make a fire in my chimney starter with nothing more than blocks of oak or other woods. I pour those into the bottom of my Weber kettle and use the fire for direct grilling. Never an issue.

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  • Will burning primarily wood in a charcoal grill hurt the grill

    I've seen numerous references made to grills needing to be built hardy enough to withstand stick burning or how repeated stick burning in a charcoal grill led to repairs or grill breakdowns. I was wondering why this would be the case. does a wood fire burn hotter than charcoal? Is there something about the release / burning of VOCs that has some kind of corrosive impact? I totally get that the design of a charcoal grill may be suboptimal for wood (the need to frequently access and move the fuel around, potential airflow issues etc) but was just wondering if i am risking junking my grill if i give it a shot.

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