Gas vs. Charcoal…Which is better for grilling?

//Gas vs. Charcoal…Which is better for grilling?

This is the question that we get all too often from customers wanting the HONEST scoop.  This is dependent on your lifestyle and personal experiences.

  • Do you enjoy the cooking process or do you like more convenient?
  • Do you like charcoal or hardwood flavor?
  • What would you like to spend?
  • Where will you placing your grill?

Firemagic-infared-burner1Cost – This is the deciding factor for most people.  Gas grills are generally more expensive then charcoal.  You can get a lifetime warranted Big Green Egg for as little as $500.  In the long run this is going to be more expensive due the cost of the Lump charcoal which will on average cost $2.00 per cookout.  The gas grill may cost $0.20 – $0.30 per cookout.Convenience – GAS GRILL will be the winner of this category.  Fueling is as easy as plumbing the grill into your natural gas lines in your home or carrying 20lb LP cylinders to the local gas station to trade out.  Gas grill is also faster to get up to temperature and it can also save time due to the capability of cooking multiple items at different temperatures.

Taste – Charcoal!  If you would like a natural hardwood flavor then the charcoal grill      would be the winner of this category.  The authentic smoky fire taste of grilled food is always going to be the best off the charcoal grill.  Gas grills have options for adding charcoal or smoke chips to the mix; however, they cannot duplicate the flavor of natural lump charcoal as the original heat source.

Location – This is the key ingredient in finding the best grill for you.  Placement, where   are you going to put the grill?  A covered area is not the place for a charcoal grill due to the smoke.  Close to a combustible structure like a deck or siding is not the place for a gas grill due to the open flames and flare-ups.  The charcoal grill can be used with an electric starter which gives you virtually no open flame.

LUmp-charcoalCost – This is the deciding factor for most people.  Gas grills are generally more expensive then charcoal.  You can get a lifetime warranted Big Green Egg for as little as $500.  In the long run this is going to be more expensive due the cost of the Lump charcoal which will on average cost $2.00 per cookout.  The gas grill may cost $0.20 – $0.30 per cookout.

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