Eco-friendly FlameDisk charcoal alternative grills faster, cleaner

Posted June 24, 2010, at 9:32 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.
Flame Disk Grilling.  Photo to Jeff Strout.
Flame Disk Grilling. Photo to Jeff Strout.

Picture this: You’re on an outing and the kids are hungry. You’ve got the grill. You’ve got the charcoal. You strike a match, wipe the singed hair off your arm and wait — and wait. Some 20 minutes later you have coals, the petroleum stench finally has disappeared and you’re ready to cook.

By now the kids are driving you crazy and pleasant outing has turned into a challenge.

For those moments (and others) why not throw a FlameDisk into the grill, peel off the top and drop in a match and have an instant cooking flame — clean and dustless?

The FlameDisk employs solid ethanol as its fuel source, lights instantaneously with the touch of a match and is ready to cook on in less than one minute, eliminating the time needed to arrange and light coals. From ignition to cooking, the FlameDisk saves roughly a half hour of wait time while giving eco-conscious cooks a green grilling alternative, the company says.

The disk will continue to burn for at least 40 minutes —t ime to cook any burger, hot dog, porterhouse or chicken breast. Heat output is similar to charcoal, it creates no ash or soot, so there’s no cleanup. After the fuel burns out, the FlameDisk cools to the touch in minutes. No lingering coals means there is less chance to start an unwanted fire.

FlameDisk’s makers claim it fuel burns extremely cleanly and produces 99 percent less carbon monoxide than charcoal, and, they say it is packaged in recyclable materials

Available for about $4.99 at select supermarkets and hardware stores across the country, including Target, WalMart and the Home Depot, the uGO FlameDisk is also available for purchase online. To find the nearest FlameDisk retailer, please visit http://www.FlameDisk.com/wheretobuy.html.

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