Here at Grill Dome we are committed to doing our part in trying to keep grilling as environmentally friendly as possible.    We are also constantly working to make improvements in our manufacturing process to ensure we are conserving energy where possible.

In the grilling and smoking world, there has been a lot of debate on what type of fuel is more environmentally friendly for cooking outdoors.  Although there is inconclusive support for both Charcoal and Propane, one conclusion is a safe bet...ceramic grills are much more fuel efficient than metal grills and can reduce the total carbon footprint of cooking outdoors. 

GreenLiving endorses GRILL DOME as an enviromentally-friendly grill.



Some facts about fuels

  • Propane produces about 15,000 Btu per pound and 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour.
  • Charcoal Briquettes produces about 9,700 Btu. and 11 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour.
  • Lump Charcoal produces about 13,000 Btu per pound and 7 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour.
  • Electric cooking can produce up to 15 pounds of carbon dioxide per hours.
  • Also lighter fluid contains harsh petrochemicals that release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which is extremely harmful to the environment.

Facts supporting Charcoal

  • Burning a fossil fuel such as propane releases carbon that has been stored underground for millions of years. Charcoal is made from trees that take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow.
  • When the charcoal is burned the carbon dioxide is returned to the atmosphere, closing a carbon neutral cycle, charcoal supporters argue.
  • Propane is a non-renewable source of fuel.


Facts supporting Propane

  • Propane hands down burns a lot more efficiently and produces the least amount of carbon dioxide - 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour.
  • Gas also provides no disposal quandary—it's either piped in from a home hookup or siphoned off from metal canisters, both which can be refilled again and again.
  • Also, if you have a home hookup, gas does not require you to make trips to the store to acquire fuel – further eliminating the cycle of burning fuel to acquire fuel (driving to the store to get propane).

As the debate continues among experts on which fuel is more friendly to the planet, another dynamic is important to evaluate in this debate, the type of grill construction in which the fire is burning.


Ceramic grills can attain and maintain temperatures much more efficiently than metal grills. Ceramics can be designed to be much less conductive than metals and can therefore reduce the amount of total energy consumed during the cooking process. Since ceramic grills dissipate less heat than their metal counterparts, they can also cook food with less fuel. Ceramic grills can therefore yield a much more dramatic reduction in consumption of fuel and total carbon footprint than simply switching fuel types.



  TERAPEX© ceramics, which are exclusively available in our Infinity Series, can withhold much greater levels of heat than many other ceramics.  Capturing and retaining more of the heat produced by the fuel means much less fuel has to be burned thought-out the cooking process.

  Grill Dome models are nearly TWICE as thick in wall construction compared to our competitors.   
  • The thicker walls and porosity mean better insulation and means more heat will be retained.
  • A handful of charcoal can cook a 15lb turkey in 3 hours.  A conventional metal charcoal grill would consume far more charcoal.

  With the Grill Dome, you can reuse charcoal.  
  • Grill Dome has no air leakage in its units due to the extra steps we take during our manufacturing process to create an air-tight construction.  These extra steps help ensure the charcoal flames out instead of burning the fuel out when you turn off the cooker.  The leftover charcoal can then be reused the next time and helps conserve fuel in the long run.

  Grill Dome does not use any lighter fluid, which means no VOC’s are emitted during the light up process  
  • Grill Dome’s has a 2 door damper system that produces a chimney effect that lights up a load of charcoal in 6-8 minutes.  All that is required is one piece of charcoal to be lit, and the rest is taken care of by the Grill Dome.  To light your grill we recommend a Fire Starter pack or a Chimney lighter.

Tips for GREENER barbecues

  • Don’t use lighter fluid which releases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • Use reusable dishes rather than disposable dishes
  • Use washable napkins rather than paper.
  • Avoid single serving products. Buy in bulk or larger containers.
  • After the barbecue, recycle and compost what you can – including charcoal ashes.
  • Give away any leftovers to cut down on food waste.
  • Light your barbecue with a special chimney starter or fire starters for greater efficiency.

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