Gas vs Charcoal- Which is Better?

When it comes to selecting a grill, you have to make two choices. I prefer a gas grill, but a charcoal grill has benefits, as well. It’s a decision that’s not easy to make. Gas grills are best known to be easy to use, because of the start and clean up process. Charcoal grills are great for the smoky flavor of the food. It’s a decision that requires a contrast to compare. Let’s discuss the options:

Gas Grill

Gas grills are easy to use. At the turn of a knob, your cooking process can begins. There is no charcoal mess, starter fluid involved, no stacking, or lighting involved. It’s a grill that requires you to use liquid propane, which is stored in a refillable tank. As far as pricing, gas grills are more expensive, but has less maintenance. On the other hand, it does give your food the grilling flavor that
many people crave. Some gas grills have a smoke box, to give your food a smoky flavor. An advantage that gas grills have is that is has a thermometer and a built-in-gas gauge to help with the grilling process. It’s also stainless steel, and easy to clean. The cost of propane gas, can cost up to $30.00 to fill the tank.

I think gas grills are easy to use. At the turn of a knob, your cooking process can begins. There is no charcoal mess, starter fluid involved, no stacking, or lighting involved. It’s a grill that requires you to use liquid propane, which is stored in a refillable tank. The advantages of using these grills are:

* Low maintenance
* Smoke box
* Built-in-gas gauge
* Easy to clean
* Cost up to $30.00 to fill the tank
* Hold temperatures steady
* Thermometer
* Less time to cook
* No flames
* No flareups
* Accessory options
* Storage Draws
* Spice Racks
* Side Tables
* Infrared Burner
* Can turn temperature up and down
* Energy efficient
* Roast meats
* Convenient meals
* Use throughout the year
* Alternative vs. a microwave
* Sears the meat much slower

Charcoal Grill

Charcoal grills provide the ultimate cooking experience, because you get the smoky effect, that gives your food flavor. Some grills have built-in-gas ignitions, to help with the cooking process. You also want to consider a grill with an ash catcher. It’s beneficial to use, because it gives your food a crusty and smoky flavor. It also sears your meat perfectly.

On the other hand, charcoal grills can be dangerous, because you have to light the charcoal. Dealing with fire, can be dangerous. Trying to prepare this grill to cook, can be time consuming. After you light the charcoal, it must get hot in order to grill. Another annoying thing is that after you finish cooking, you have an ashy mess to clean up (including the smoky grates).  The best part about a charcoal grill is that it is less expensive to use. You can also carry them everywhere you go. All you need is your grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, and something to light the briquettes. It’s that simple. The cost of charcoal can cost as low as $5.00 for a 6-quart bag.  The advantages of using a charcoal grill are listed below:

* Classic
* Less expensive
* Charcoals cost as low as $5.00 per 6lb. bag
* Food has smoky flavor
* Portable and can carry anywhere you go
* Easy to assemble
* Ash catcher
* Cost less
* Gets hotter than gas grill
* Look of the meat looks great
* Excellent food results
* Pleasant smell
* Charcoal bed crank
* Distinctive flavor
* Bacony aroma
* Food has hickory taste
* Savory juices from meats
* Less maintenance

Conclusion

Comparing a gas grill vs. a Charcoal grill takes a lot of thought. You have to consider price, features, assembly, cooking styles and maintenance. The price of a gas grill are $100 to $300, while charcoal grill are cheap as $25. When you look at features, a gas grill has high-quality styles, innovative options, and easy to use.

When it comes to assembly gas grills, I think they are complicated to put together, and may take up to 3 hours to assemble. Charcoal grill only take up to an hour to complete, but it takes time to get it ready to cook. You have to keep in mind that it requires lighting, and then up to 20 minutes to reach the right temperature to cook.

The maintenance requirements for a gas grill, is to simply turn up the temperature until the smoke stops. After this process, you can clean the grates. To keep them from fading, it may require special care. A charcoal grill requires more extensive cleaning, because of the ash effect. Overall, a gas grill and a charcoal grill are both beneficial. The grill debate continues.

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