Can You Add Lava Rocks To Any Gas Grill?
Yes, any gas grill can be converted to a lava rocks grill. All you need are some lava rocks and a steel rack for housing the lava rocks. Here is how to use lava rocks with your gas grill.
Where Do Lava Rocks Go On A Gas Grill?
Lava rocks are placed in a steel rack just above the burner tubes and below the grill grates. Here are my recommendations for the best steel racks for holding lava rocks.
Can You Cook Over Lava Rocks?
Yes, it is completely safe to cook over lava rocks. They retain heat very well and give your food an amazing smoky flavor. However, be sure to use a grill grate to hold your food. Putting the food directly on the stones isn’t recommended because some pieces of the lava rock may end up in your food.
Are Lava Rocks Poisonous?
No, lava rocks are not poisonous. Some people may suffer from food poisoning if they don’t clean their lava rocks. But if you clean your lava rocks the right way, you are completely safe.
Do Lava Rocks Prevent Flare-ups?
Yes, lava rocks do prevent flare-ups to a certain extent. They absorb in the dripping fats and juices. But if they are covered excessively in grease, the oil will drip onto the burner and cause flare-ups.
Why Do Gas Grills Not Use Lava Rocks Anymore?
The latest gas grills do not need lava rocks to heat the grill because newer products like charcoal briquettes and Flavorizer bars have better features. However, lava rocks are still the most cost-effective and organic way to raise the temperature of your grill up to 500℉ (260℃).
How Long Do Lava Rocks Last?
Lava rocks last for a long time. If you use them often, you can expect them to slowly shrink in a couple of months. But if you only use them for occasional grilling, they can be used for up to two years. After that, it’s best to buy a new pack.
Do I Need Lava Rocks For A Gas BBQ?
No. Lava rocks are not required for running gas BBQs. Gas BBQs run on either propane or natural gas. But if you are using a simple gas grill without ceramic briquettes, adding Lava rocks to your gas grill will help your grill hold heat better.
Can I Use Lava Rocks With Charcoal?
Yes. You could use lava rocks with charcoal, but it will not be of any benefit. Lava rocks are best used with gas grills because ordinary gas grills are not great at retaining heat. On the other hand, charcoal is great at providing a consistent heat source and can help you get a better smoky flavor than Lava rocks.