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Home Cooking 13

Grilling in the Fireplace

DoobieWah | Dec 15, 201004:47 AM

Living in Houston, many homes and apartment have fireplaces but many do not.

Truth be told, you can only legitimately use a fireplace here maybe a dozen times a year. My mom used to get up early on Christmas mornings and turn the air conditioner down real low so she could have a fire for Christmas morning. Really. It's not at all uncommon here for Christmas morning to find the neighborhood kids out riding their new bikes barefooted and in shorts.

Anyway, I was living in an apartment about twenty years ago and because it had a small balcony, all I had to grill with was a hibachi.

So one cold and blustery day, I brought that puppy in, put it in the fireplace and made grilled ribeyes in the warmth and comfort of my living room.

Later I lived in a string of apartments without fireplaces and never thought much more about it.

That thought recently re-occurred to me however, and since I have one of those large Lodge cast iron "hibachi style grills" (Link here:, I've been wanting to do it again - just for the novelty of it.

So I cleaned the ashes out of the fireplace and grilled some chicken breasts last night.

In my living room.

It turned out great.

So, assuming I'm smart enough to open the flue, (I am), is there any other danger from doing this? I can't help but think it's no more dangerous, (from a carbon monoxide point of view), than starting a wood fire, right?

Am I missing something obvious, or am I a genius? Please let me know as I plan to do this again.

Burgers and a bowlgame.

Steaks and sitcoms.

As long as it's at least cool outside, (obviously wouldn't do this in the summer as it does put out some heat), it's killing two birds with one stone. As long as I don't kill US in the process!

Thanks in advance for the collected wisdom of the Chowhound Nation.

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