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YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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4/9/13 4:22 P

You might want to consider one of these:

It's gas, not charcoal, but it's great for small spaces and can be moved around easily. I don't think you should use a charcoal grill out on the grass... sparks fly and could catch something on fire. Also your management company is probably more OK with gas grills than charcoal. I know in my old condo charcoal was prohibited altogether.

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4/9/13 4:07 P

Good to know. I am gonna go to Home Depot in the next day or two and look at some. Meanwhile my AC is completely broken and I have a bee's nest outside my kitchen window that I just discovered when I came home from work. It is hot! One word for this - oy.

ANARIE Posts: 13,125
4/9/13 1:50 P

The management would probably object less to a tiny gas grill than to a hibachi. Your neighbors are less likely to smell it and rat you out, and it's much less of a fire hazard. It'll also be less expensive to run-- charcoal gets expensive fast. If you want the real smoke taste, you can get wood chips for the gas grill that let you control the type and amount of smoke. They make little tiny gas grills that hold a camping-style propane bottle, and they're about the same price as a similar-quality hibachi. (It wouldn't make much of a difference on the carcinogens, but in general it's safer to have something you can shut off instantly if it tips or flares.)

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4/9/13 12:42 P

My lease also forbids me from using a grill on my porch, but I am hoping if it is really,really small they won't mind. If they do, I'll just use it out front. I'll play it by ear I suppose.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
4/9/13 12:40 P

Whew! Ok :) Just making sure.

My mother has some issues with food cooked over charcoal because of her asthma. She has to be very careful around the smoke. I have asthma too, but it doesn't bother me.

I love grilling, I just bought a too big grill for just me, though. Now I am looking to unload it. If I had the choice, I would actually go for a smaller gas grill from Weber.

I have the same situation as you - except I have a townhouse. Itty bitty concrete slab as the back "porch". I just drag it out into the grass since my lease requires the grill to be a certain distance from the house.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
4/9/13 12:09 P

I agree, if charred meat is wrong, I don't wanna be right! Get one and go for it!

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4/9/13 11:58 A

No no, I mentioned my apartment because I cannot get a big gas grill. A hibachi grill is most practical for my needs because I can use it on my porch or outside (I live in a garden apartment complex), but I wouldn't get one if it is clearly bad for your health because of carcinogens.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
4/9/13 11:46 A

I agree that it is safe - outside, but you didn't mention whether you are planning on using it outside or inside - just that you are in an apartment.

Do not grill inside. It is very dangerous and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,822
4/9/13 11:03 A

I hope not because grilled meat with just the right amount of charring is delicious and I am not giving it up.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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4/9/13 9:27 A

I certainly hope not. Because if it is, then I'm screwed. ;) We grill several times a week, usually.

Charring meat can produce carcinogens (it's not the charcoal itself... I mean, you're not eating it!) That doesn't mean it causes cancer, and there's been no compelling evidence that it does. There's a whole lot of "may" and "could" involved in the research. No concrete causation.

If you're worried though, here are some tips:

Basically, you're more likely to get cancer from the sun while grilling than the grill itself. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/9/2013 (10:11)
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4/9/13 9:21 A

It's that time of year and I am already sweating! I really want to get a hibachi grill. I live in an apartment and a) it' gets ridiculously hot when I turn on my oven or broiler and b) it's a great way to prepare healthy food. Does anyone know if it is legitimately dangerous or carcinogenic? I have two infants (2 and 3 mo) so I don't want to use it if it is. That being said, I am dying for one! Thanks for the input.

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