Barbecue Smoke Dangers

by Lisa

Please can you tell me are there any articles written about barbecue smoke dangers?

I am concerned about a BBQ restaurant opening right near me - I have read some scary stories about them becoming nuisances b/c of smoke and odor. I have also found some research that states that barbecue smoke is a lung irritant.

Are there any websites that document the down sides of BBQ for health, air quality and odor nuisances? I am not against the restaurant as long as it doesn't cause excessive odor and smoke.


I've taken some time to research any articles written about barbecue smoke dangers and I have found nothing of consequence.

Then I researched wood smoke and this opens a whole new dimension.

To summarize my findings, wood smoke is the second largest cause of airborne pollution in the USA after the automobile. Approximately 10% of airborne pollution is caused by wood smoke and the single biggest factor blamed is the wood burning stove that many of us have in our house.

Wood smoke contains poisonous gases and airborne particulates so small that they can penetrate windows and doors.

Whether wood or charcoal (derived from wood), barbecue smoke must therefore be considered a lung irritant just like any other smoke but only if inhaled in significant quantities like if you were smoking a cigarette.

By the same logic, wood smoke can be indentified as a cause of asthma & cancer as well as agravating many other lung conditions.

When using my barbecue I take every precaution to ensure that I'm not inhaling any smoke albeit this is on a small scale.

Whether the barbecue restaurant that has opened in your neighborhood is going to cause pollution? Inevitably I would suggest that the answer has to be yes.

Whether the level of barbecue smoke dangers presented by this restaurant is anything to worry about (versus the wood stove that you or your direct neighbor might have) is open to debate.

There will be so many factors to consider including the amount of wood burned, the size and height of the chimney, the strength and speed of the prevailing wind etc.

If you like more detail on the effects of wood smoke then please read this article.

See Also:-
Barbecue Restaurant Franchise
Barbecue Restaurants

Return to Home Page from Barbecue Smoke Dangers

Comments for Barbecue Smoke Dangers

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

May 16, 2016
Charcoal smoke
by: Anonymous

I am 90 yrs. old in an apartment on the 2nd floor with below me somebody using a charcoal grill with smoke rising in my windows. My sister died of lung cancer.. Do I have a legitimate claim to stop this'?

Aug 26, 2011
Real Dangers from Barbeque Smoke
by: Anonymous

We just had a BBQ place open down the street, and guess what, me and other neighbors now have lung infections, pnuemonia and other issues with other organs in our bodies.

It affects everyone in different ways.

In particular, small children, teenagers, older individuals contract lung issues and OTHER conditions from the meat, oil, grease, fat that is being pumped into the air.

You can't see it once it leaves a small radius of the smoker, but in fact the air carries it 3-5 miles further.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to FAQ's.

PayPal Acceptance Mark

PayPal Logo

Que Fresco Ltd
Barncroft, Kiln Lane
Paythorne. BB7 4JD

Tel: +44 (0) 7814 500755


Buy the best kamado at the lowest price today.

Monolith Kamado Grills


Offset American Smoker Manufacturing

Reverse Flow Smokers

Custom Built Trailer Smokers

Commercial Smokers

Charcoal Grills

Build A Brick BBQ Grill

Stainless Steel Inserts For a Brick BBQ Grill

Stainless Steel Charcoal Grills

Adjustable Height Charcoal Grills

Charcoal Barbecue Grills

Cook 'N' Serve Range

Custom Made Charcoal Grills

Custom Built To Your Specification

Campfire Barbecue Grills

Camp Fire Pit

South African Braai

The Braai

Replacement Stainless Steel Cooking Grates

Replacement Stainless Steel Cooking Grates

BBQ Hire

Hire A Smoker For The Weekend

Daily, Weekend Or
Long Term Hire

BBQ Catering

BBQ Catering Lancashire & North Yorkshire

BBQ Catering

Follow QueFrescoPaul on Twitter

Smoker Equipment Reviews


Electric Smoker
Digital Smoker
Propane Smoker


Smoke N Pit
Smoke King De Luxe
Brinkmann "All In One"
Brinkmann Smoke N Grill (Charcoal)
Brinkmann Bullet Electric Smokers 
Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker.


The Big Easy
Offset Smoker American Gourmet
Electric Smokers
Silver Smoker


Smokette Elite Stainless Electric Smoker
Amerique Electric Smoker

Fire Magic

Stainless Steel Smoker Oven

Great Outdoors

Smoky Mountain (Gas)
20" x 34" Gas Model

Shop Today!


16 inch Classic (Charcoal)
20 inch Special Marshall (Charcoal)


An Overview Of All Klose Smokers


The Original Reverse-Flow, Lang Smokers

Little Chief & Luhr Jensen

The Mini Chief
The Little Chief
The Big Chief


30” Electric Smokehouse Smoker
30” Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller.
M7P 7-in-1 Smoker and Grill


Combo Water Smokers (Charcoal & Electric)

New Braunfels

Hondo Smoker - Or what's left of it.

Okelahoma Joe's

The Grandad
The Caterer & The Hog

Portable Kitchen

Portable Kitchen Grill

Smith & Wesson (obsolete)

Pellet Grills
Portable Barbecue Smoker

Southern Pride Meat Smokers

Electric Commercial Smokers
Gas Commercial Smokers


Vertical Or Upright Smokers
Trailer Mounted Smokers


Traeger Electric Barbecue Grills
Traeger Commercial Smoker Grills


Weber Charcoal Smokers
Smokey Joe
One Touch
Smokey Mountain Cooker
Weber Go Anywhere