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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Acampo California (Lodi area)

    Default What ever happened to Lava Rocks ???

    When my Dad bought a gas grill in the 70's, it had lava rocks in it with the burners below them. Wandering around a BBQ store tells me that none of the manufacturers do that anymore. How come?
    I am in shape. Round is a shape.
    I LOVE vegetarians! They come in Chicken, Pork, and Beef flavors!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Central MN


    Do you remember how nasty and grease encrusted those things got after about 2 uses. And they really didn't hold heat either. It was half marketing/half poorly executed idea. Where I am forced to use a gas grill, I usually replace the crap like that with a double layer of washed granite riverrock.
    22 inch weber
    20 cubic foot homebuilt smoker
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    If it burns, I can cook with it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    South of Peculiar, MO


    They were replaced by those molded briquettes of something (?). Look like gray charcoal only bigger.
    "If you can't smell smoke it ain't a barbeque joint" peculiarmike

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008


    Because they didn't work.
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Tulsa, OK


    Those gray looking briquetts things were ceramin bricks and were not porus like lava rock so they did not asorb grease and what hit the ceramic burned off. Now they use metal "flavor plates".
    A WORD to the WISE is not necessary....It's the STUPID ones that need advice............
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Carthage, MO


    Lava rocks have gone extinct with the 8 track and cassette tapes. On to bigger and better faux flavorizer ideas in substitution of real coals.
    Plank Owner ..................
    I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!

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