How To Convert Gas Grill To Charcoal

How To Convert Gas Grill To Charcoal

There are many reasons that might force you to convert your gas grill to a charcoal grill. Although this seems challenging, it is relatively easy if you have the right information. In this article, we will give you a step by step guide on how to go about it.

1.   Clean Your Still Gas Grill

Before converting the old gas barbecue to a charcoal grill make sure it doesn’t have any traces of rust. If the rack is not in good condition, there will be no harm in purchasing a new one. A gas grill has several mechanical components that might not be of use once it is converted into a charcoal grill. However, the ability of its interior to maintain constant will come in handy.

At the same time, if the exterior has holes or has rusted, you cannot convert that gas grill into a charcoal grill.

2.   Remove Gas Components

Once you have cleaned the grill and ensured it is in good state, the second step is removing gas components. Many of the gas grills have a hose located underneath the grill. The hose leads to the venture tubes. There is also a gas tank that supplies the grill with fuel. Both the gas tank and the hose should be disconnected.

To make this easier, remove the rack from the grill. At the base of the grill, you will see screws that hold the burner in position. Unscrew those screws and remove the venturi and the burner assembly from the grill.


If there’s some gas left in the cylinder, it should be removed and the cylinder kept safe whether the grill is functional or not.  This is a potential health hazard and should be avoided as much as possible.

3.   Add The Sheet Steel

The third step is getting an 18 gauge sheet metal or thicker if possible and use it to cover the bottom of your grill base. This is where the burner was residing. Cut the sheet metal to the right size. You can use a jigsaw or another tool depending on the thickness of your choice steel.

Using sheet metal screws, the sheet metal is attached to the bottom of your grill. You will need a few screws on each side to allow you to cover the burner hole securely. This will create a base where you can put wood chips or charcoal inside the grill without falling through.

4.   Light The Grill

Once you are done with the above steps, you can now light the grill. This is done by filling the grill with wood chips and charcoal briquettes. Light the flammable material before replacing the rack on top. Once the grill has reached a sufficient temperature, it will be ready to use.  

Wrapping Up

You no longer have to dispose-off your gas grill burner simply because it has stopped operating effectively. With the four simple steps above, you can convert it to a charcoal grill and still enjoy your perfectly grilled cuisine!