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How to use ceramic briquettes for gas grills?


Briquettes have been commonly used for barbecues; charcoal and wood briquettes are the most common form of briquettes. They are affordable and efficient when it comes to cooking food. Ceramic briquettes have a lot of qualities of their coal and wood counterparts, although they come with a major added benefit of lasting for longer periods of time. Unlike other briquettes such as charcoal, wood or lava rocks, ceramic briquettes don’t absorb grease and therefore cause less flaring within the grill.

You can ignite your built-in gas grill and take out the cooking grid, remove all the old briquettes that are remaining within the grill. A brush can be used to clean broken pieces or ashes. You can then arrange the ceramic briquettes at the bottom of your grill but keep in mind to place them closer to one another. Cover the bottom of the grill with briquettes and then replace the grid.

What you need!

Ceramic briquettes smoldering in Gas Grill

Prior to arranging the ceramic briquettes, you need to make the following arrangements:

  • Ceramic briquettes that comply with your specific grill requirements.
  • Lighters to light the gas grill.
  • Optionally, a Tin Foil to help in coating the briquettes if necessary.
  • Optionally, some Gravel to act as briquette itself, and for aesthetics.

Using the ceramic briquettes.

Open the grill covers, take out the retractable grid. Clean off the grill afterward and make sure to remove any old briquette debris and other waste material that might have accumulated over previous use of the grill.

Place the ceramic briquettes at the bottom of the grill making sure that they make a dense and even flat surface after being arranged. Put on the grid that same way as it was before.

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It’s important that you regularly clean your briquettes as this will allow it to keep performing well for a longer period. The best time to know when to clean your briquettes is when you notice any flare-ups or it starts to heat unevenly. In case, the briquettes don’t seem dirty, you may simply turn them to the other side and allow the curd to burn off during the grilling session.

Light on the grill to see if the grill works as desired and the briquettes function nicely as intended. Prepare a steak or some other menial BBQ meal to test out how the ceramic briquettes perform. 


It is evident that ceramic briquettes need replacing just like any other utility. For that purpose, it is important that the users know when the time has come to replace the briquettes. The first sign of ceramic briquettes living up to their end of the life cycle is that they will start to wither and break down.

Cleaning ceramic briquettes after every grill is a good practice and ensure the BBQ grill you’ve chosen will last long. After cleaning the briquettes, ensure that they do not contain any residue and become a source for contaminating the barbequed food. Also, remember to clean the grill sufficiently before throwing out the old briquettes and replacing them with newer ones.

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