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Gas vs. Charcoal/Wood and Water Vapor Produced

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Posted by Smoke A Little on September 23, 2013 at 12:01:49:

When you burn charcol, you're burning mostly carbon and producing CO2.

When you burn gas, you're burning mostly C2H6 which produces two CO2 molecules and three H20 (Water) molecule for each gas molecule you burn.

I heard someone mention when cooking steaks on a grill, the emitted water vapor decreases the ability to get a nice sear and that's one of the reasons charcoal is better.

Do you think it makes any difference in smoking?

I'm wondering if you are cooking low-and-slow, the added water vapor might actually help keep the food moist.

I do know that people that cook on boats with alcohol stoves, which produce even more water than gas, sometimes complain of the excess humidity produced by their stove.

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