The winter season is never the best period for grilling enthusiasts. It limits them from lighting up their grills and enjoying a good time with their friends outdoor. Also, it can be frustrating while at the backyard grilling, and suddenly you’ve to stop it because it has just started raining.
From the above cases, you’re likely to think of moving your grill to a garage and keep grilling. But is it a good idea to grill in a garage? Is it safe? Keep reading down here whereby this post confers various aspects about grilling inside a garage.
Can I Grill Inside my Garage?
Grilling inside a garage is highly discouraged. Some of the fire safety measures suggested by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and AgriLife Extension include:
• Placing a grill in an open area away from deck railings, overhanging branches, eaves, or potentially combustible surfaces.
• Never moving a hot grill
• Keeping young children and pets at least 3 feet from the grill
• Setting a grill at least 10 feet away from any building, and don’t grill in a garage or under a carport or other surface that can catch fire.
Is Grilling Inside a Garage Safe?
Grilling inside a garage is not safe, especially when using smokers and conventional grills, i.e., charcoal and propane grills. Grilling inside a garage poses a great danger to your life, those around you, and the property within the compound.
Below is a reason why you should not grill inside a garage:
- The presence of carbon dioxide produced
Outdoor grills produce a lot of smoke that contains high amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is toxic in a garage because there is not enough air circulation. It does cause oxygen levels to go down. As a result, you and others in the garage may end up suffocating or even experiencing a severe headache.
- Your garage risk catching fire
One of the common issues regarding gas grills is that they have a higher risk of causing fires due to propane leakage. In case of leaking propane, it spreads within your garage, and once you ignite a grill, it can easily explode. An explosion may bring down the entire garage and house. Additionally, you risk getting severe burns or even death.
- Grills use high flammable fuel sources
Charcoal and gas grills use highly flammable fuel sources. Some of the models have a warning placed on them. For instance, a charcoal fluid starter is highly flammable, and it poses a high risk of your garage catching fire.
- Presence of flammable materials in the garage
In most garages, you’re likely to find things such as oil, paint, and gasoline and are considered fire hazards. They can easily ignite and cause a fire in a garage while grilling.
Additionally, some garage clutter, such as packaging boxes, can easily cause a fire in the garage while grilling.
How Can I Safely Grill Inside my Garage?
The only way to grill inside a garage with minimal risk is by grilling on an indoor electric grill. Generally, grilling inside a garage should be perceived as indoor grilling. From this perspective, an electric grill is the only viable choice of a grill you should grill inside a garage.
Why is an indoor electric grill safe to use inside a garage? Here are the reasons:
- No smoke produced
Electric grills don’t use flames; therefore, they don’t produce smoke. That means there is no risk of such a grill producing carbon monoxide which causes suffocation or other breathing issues while grilling.
- Electric grills don’t use flammable fuel sources
Unlike conventional grills that use propane and charcoal, electric grills use electricity as their source of power. Therefore, there is minimal risk associated with highly flammable fuel sources in a garage.
Note: Not all electric grills are built for indoor use. There are those designed for outdoor use only. Additionally, while using an electric grill inside a garage, you should always observe safety rules such as:
• Never leave a grill unattended
• Keep pets and children at least 3 feet from a grill
• Wear appropriate clothing
• Routinely clean the grill
• Ensre the power cord doesn’t get into contact with water
• Shutdown your grill when you’re done grilling or when not using a grill
• Be prepared for a fire. Therefore, mitigate such a situation by getting a fire extinguisher.
1. Do electric grills produce carbon dioxide?
No, electric grills don’t produce carbon dioxide since they don’t produce smoke. It’s for a reason they are suitable for indoor use.
2. Do electric smokers catch fire?
If the tray holding woodchips fails or slides into the smoker, there is a chance the electric smoker can easily catch fire. The smoker’s door opens and causes a fire.