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Re: Gas vs. Charcoal/Wood and Water Vapor Produced

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Posted by Mark_in_NoVA on October 10, 2013 at 12:54:00:

In Reply to: Gas vs. Charcoal/Wood and Water Vapor Produced posted by Smoke A Little on September 23, 2013 at 12:01:49:

It should make no difference. The number of water molecules you get compared to the number of air molecules (about 80% nitrogen) is miniscule. You heat outside air to 120* or 200* and the relative humidity plummets because warm air can hold more moisture (and cold air holds less which is why you see condensation on beer bottles).

If you smoke or grill, the process dries the meet. Grilling and searing tend to limit how much moisture can escape. In smoking, the longer times (and more time drying) are reasons to spray your meat or foil it.

The main difference between gas and charcoal is what happens with the drippings and the flavor they impart. Which is why one sees flavorizer bars, lava briquets, ceramic rods, and other methods to help vaporize the drippings.

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