When to Open Your Grill’s Vents

Jamie Purviance, author and grillmaster, keeps the lower vents of his charcoal grill open at all times. The top vents can be partially closed to reduce flare-ups or lower the temperature of the grill.

Jamie, who is a grilling authority, also represents the Weber brand. He was not paid, nor did Weber in any way compensate CHOW, for his participation in this video. We just thought he knew his stuff. CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our community. If you’ve figured out some piece of food, drink, or cooking wisdom that you’d like to share on video (and you can be in San Francisco), email Meredith Arthur and tell us what you’ve got in mind.

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