Summer and barbecuing go hand-in-hand. Eco-friendly families are concerned about the release of carbon dioxide during the beautiful weather and Fourth of July season. Research scientists from the US Department of Energy, provide data that the Fourth of July season releases approximately 225,000 metric tons of this toxin into our air. So, a question arises. How can I barbecue in eco-friendly way?
Green Lump Coal
There are several ways to go green, while barbecuing. A delicious barbecue flavor can still be produced without charcoal and lighter fluids, which contaminate the atmosphere. An atmosphere-healthy option is the use of lump coal rather than briquettes, which give off carbon monoxide and soot. A delicious flavor is obtained through the use of lump coal that is quite similar to charcoal. There are no additives or chemicals and barbecue lovers often opt for this alternative for grilling. This eco-friendly, green charcoal saves our forests, while releasing less gas and soot emissions. There are green brands that are not certified, so be aware and choose certified, organic products.
Statistics show that 48 percent of grill owners use charcoal, 61 percent of American households use propane to light up their grills and 7 percent of households use electric. Grill power is an important part of tasty and delicious food. Dome grills are designed to capture and retain the BBQs heat produced by the fuel. This ensures that less fuel is burned. Propane grills produce at least 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour. Lighter fluid uses toxic chemicals called petrochemicals. They are harmful to the environment. Electric cooking releases 15 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour. These statistics are important to consider when purchasing a grill.
Eco-friendly Grill Kits
There are number of eco-friendly Grill kits available, including the Ascot BBQ Chef’s barbecue Apron and Tools. All of your grilling tools are included in this apron kit, including a multipurpose flipper, basting brush, knife and hot mitt. There is a unique carry case for the entire kit, which provides consistent use and lessens the need to purchase more products due to loss. The Picnic Time X-grill is a green friendly portable grill. It has a slim design and is easily assembled. It even includes a polyester carrying bag. Barbecue lovers can barbecue where ever they travel with this eco-friendly kit. The Ascot Metro Small BBQ set is a stainless steel set with a lifetime warranty.
Purchasing quality products for barbecuing will protect our environment by limiting waste and landfill.
Consider using reusable dishes and silverware, rather than disposable. Another important consideration is avoiding prepackaged waste and buying fruit and vegetables from a produce stand, rather than in a package. Invest in barbecue products that can be used repeatedly rather than disposed of and repurchased. BBQ in a green friendly manner and protect our environment.
Photo by Jeff Golden