Ceramic Grills

What are the advantages of a Ceramic Grill?

a more efficient grill for cooking moist flavorful foods

Outdoor barbecuing is a popular way to cook meats, fish and vegetables in the United States. It is estimated 80% of American households own an outdoor barbecue grill or smoker. Most of those grills are gas or charcoal metal grills.

Ceramic Grill

In the past ten years however ceramic grills have become popular and are being marketed as a cleaner, greener, more efficient grill for cooking moist flavorful foods. Ceramic cookers bake, grill, roast, or smoke food using small amounts of fuel and with greater temperature control and less drying out of the foods than traditional metal grills.

Ceramic grills eliminate the inefficiency of metal grills and are designed to ensure a more consistent cooking temperature and the food being cooked remains juicy.

Why upgrade your existing grill?

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Metal grills are usually made from enamel coated steel, stainless steel, cast iron, or aluminum. These metals dissipate much of the heat they generate through the surface of the grill. This is why metal grills use a lot of fuel to maintain a hot temperature. Additional fuel is required to continually replace the fuel that is burned up as you grill your favorite foods. Metal grills in addition to being inefficient also tend to dry out the foods they are cooking. As air is sucked into the grill and heated by the fuel it is released from the grill vents. This constant draft can dry the food you are cooking and make it difficult to maintain a constant temperature inside the metal grill.

How Ceramic Grills Work

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Different ceramic grills are made of different types of ceramics and constructed differently. When purchasing a ceramic grill you will want to check out the porosity and density of the ceramics, the airflow and air vent design of the grill and the thickness of the ceramic wall of the grill.

Which is the best Ceramic Grill?

The porosity and density of the ceramic used to make the grill are important because the more porous the ceramic the more the grill absorbs moisture released from the food during cooking and radiates the moisture back into the foods. The porous nature of ceramic grills also allows the grill to hold rather than dissipate heat like the metal grills and that is why ceramic grills can cook foods more efficiently with less fuel. A lower density ceramic is more effective in capturing and holding the heat generated by fire and circulating it back onto the food.

Thicker ceramic walls retain more heat

Adjustable vents in the bottom and top of the grill are an essential element in ceramic grills. The bottom vents allow air to be drawn into the grill and to top vent allow the air to be released out the top of the grill. The vents when fully opened create a chimney effect allowing you to light the grill easily. While cooking the vents can be adjusted to control the temperature and the smokiness of the flavor of the food you are cooking.

Thicker ceramic walls retain more heat and make the grill more durable than a grill with thinner walls.

Fuels for Ceramic Grills

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Most ceramic grills are made to use charcoal or hardwood fuels, but there are ceramic grills that burn propane or natural gas. There are even convertible ceramic grills that are set up to burn gas and charcoal or hardwood fuels. Ceramic grills using natural charcoal are the greenest way to grill.

If you are looking for real wood fire flavor, then you should consider a ceramic pellet grill.