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Charcoal in a gas grill...Wassup with that?

I'm going to be doing some grilling at my girlfriend's barbeque next weekend. Yesterday we pulled her grill - a Char-broil Masterflame - out of winter storage. Funnily, there's charcoal in it! She doesn't know how it got there (I know...there must have been another griller in her recent past). So, I'm wondering why there would be charcoal in a gas grill. Is this model supposed to use lava rocks maybe? Should I take the charcoal out, or just leave it in and see what happens?

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  • mick422 Sep 07, 2009

    It's gen-yoo-ine charcoal that's in there, not lava rocks. I'm guessing her son put it there. She just told me that everybody she knows uses charcaol in their gas grill to spread the heat evenly. Your advice to replace the charcoal with lava rocks makes way more sense to me.

  • mick422 Sep 08, 2009

    Useful info, Bulldogchief. Thanks.

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Well are they lava rocks or charcoal? The Master Flame series is supposed to have lava rocks. If what you see is charcoal, remove it and replace with the lava rocks. You can order the rocks from Char-Broil's website.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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    bulldogchief Sep 08, 2009

    The lava rocks are there to do what they think the charcoal is going to do...here's the thing, the charcoal is not going to spread the heat evenly...what the charcoal will do is burn with the flame and leave an acidic, ashy mess in the bottom of the grill which will eventually eat the bottom out and ruin the grill...replace the charcoal with lava rocks and this potential problem will go away.

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