Recent Posts by Bert Plourde

Where Can I Buy BBQ Charcoal?

BBQ charcoal can be bought just about anywhere. Typically available at gas stations, online, hardware stores, gardening centers, and of course your local We Love Fire BBQ Expert.
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Can I Use BBQ Charcoal Ashes In The Garden?

What to do with your leftover BBQ ashes? Why not use it in your garden? Ashes are leftover 'un-burnable' minerals such as potassium. It will help your garden, especially if your soil is too acidic. On the other hand, you should not add wood ash to your soil/garden under the following conditions: If the ashes…
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Is BBQ Charcoal Good For Orchids And Other Plants?

Orchids seem to thrive in a porous material. In Asia, most orchids are sold in coconut husks filled with charcoal. Orchid growers swear by it and list the following reasons: To keep the "mix" sweet. To filter impurities. Laboratory tests show that charcoal possesses a remarkable ability to: Keep nutrients in the soil, increasing soil…
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Is Charcoal BBQ Good Or Bad For You?

Wanting to open a can of worm, are you? The question is, is charcoal grilling/smoking hazardous to your health? The short answer is yes… but then again, most things are done in excess harm to our health, including drinking too much water. It should not pose any long-lasting effects if done occasionally as a treat.…
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How Long Before The BBQ Coals Are Ready?

Typically, 10 to 30 minutes depending on a variety of factors. But a quick way to determine if your coals are ready is by fine white ash covering them. If most of the coals are still black, it may release 'coal dust' on your food. While not necessarily dangerous, it may taint your food taste.
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What Is The Best Method To Light Charcoal?

We assume without chemicals, right? And by "best," it really depends on your definition. Cheapest method, how fast to ignite, the best value, etc. Here are some time-proven ways to light BBQ charcoal. Paper (newspaper, paper towel, etc.) soaked in cooking oil. This pretty much tells you everything. Place the oil-soaked paper on top of…
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Can I Use BBQ Charcoal To Filter Water / Air?

Charcoal specific to filtration purposes is called Air, Water, or Vapor phase carbon. They are manufactured in a precise manner to achieve the desired application. Charcoal made for water purification is ‘activated’. But in a pinch, you can use BBQ lump charcoal (not briquettes as they may have binders and chemicals). And here is how…
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Is BBQ Charcoal Activated ?

Surprisingly, this is an often-asked strange question. Those asking are really wondering if BBQ charcoal can be used for water purification or medicine. Charcoal manufacturers activate it by use of steam or hot air to erode its internal surface, which increases the outside surface area and its adsorption rate—the capacity to bind materials to a…
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Can I Use BBQ Charcoal On My Gas Grill?

You shouldn’t, but you can. Firstly, here is why you shouldn’t. Your grill will fill quickly with ashes. This may clog the nozzles of your burners. And, if you are like me and not prone to clean your BBQ after every use, the ashes can absorb moisture or, worse, get wet. This acidic mush will…
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Can BBQ Charcoal Go Bad?

Lump charcoal can last just about forever as long as you keep it dry. Briquette is another story. It is made of binder such as starch and absorbs moisture much easier than lump charcoal. Self-igniting charcoal has a year or two shelf life before the igniting chemicals evaporate. What should you do if your charcoal…
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Which Type Of Charcoal Is Best For BBQ?

Boy, this is a controversial question among BBQ aficionados. But looking at what the experts and pitmasters say, it doesn’t seem to matter that much. Both lump charcoal and briquettes have their pros and cons as you can see below. After which we will discuss if a specific ‘brand’ makes a difference.

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Is Charcoal BBQing Allowed in Parks or Public Spaces?

This is a highly recurring question on the Internet. For obvious reasons, you should check the answer with your local by-laws. Besides checking with your local authorities, common sense and safety should be foremost when handling combustible material in public. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has provided a valuable checklist to this effect: Grilling_safety_Tips.pdf…
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How Is BBQ Charcoal Made?

Most people use either lump or charcoal briquettes, so we’ll focus on the process for each as it is very different. Lump Charcoal: Is typically made from leftover from sawmills, furniture manufacturers and others. It is then put into a large container, heated up to combustion temperatures, but since oxygen is restricted, it does not…
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Why Does Charcoal BBQ Taste Better?

This is one thing gas grills can’t come close : Wood smoke flavor. Why is charcoal better? Let’s dispel some myths first. If you cook on high heat on a charcoal BBQ, it is very unlikely you are getting all the benefits of wood smoke taste in your food. The reason for this is high…
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Is Charcoal BBQing Better Than Gas?

Yes and no… Oh, you want more? Please read through the following pros and cons of each appliance. And before your twitching fingers can start texting me a devastating counterargument for each of those, please read to the conclusion. And feel free to provide us with more Pros and Cons if we missed any.

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The Ultimate Low n Slow Turkey

Cooking a turkey is famous but can seem difficult. Not to mention that cooking or smoking a juicy turkey can look almost impossible! Here are the ultimate tips to have a tasty juicy turkey with the Low n Slow method!

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Do I need a grill cover?

Is a grill cover really necessary? Will a grill cover protect it enough to make it las longer? You may be surprised with the answers!

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