Gas vs. Charcoal -- The Ongoing War

We could throw out a few puns about inflaming this age-old debate, but we'd rather get right down to the battle. If you're asking yourself whether gas or charcoal is best to fuel your fire---or if there's even a difference---then check out the following pros and cons of the two most popular grilling methods.

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We could throw out a few puns about inflaming this age-old debate, but we'd rather get right down to the battle. If you're asking yourself whether gas or charcoal is best to fuel your fire—or if there's even a difference---then check out the following pros and cons of the two most popular grilling methods.
 

Grilling with Gas

There are two main types of gas for grills: natural and propane. Natural gas tends to be cheaper than liquid propane, but propane is portable in a reusable tank.  Either way you go, remember to get all of your KickAss Grill Beast barbeque tool set and barbecue grill accessories right here, at GrillBeast - Okay, let's get back to the debate at hand shall we?

Pros:

  • Gas is incredibly quick and convenient. Turn the knob and you'll have an adjustable heat source at your fingertips.
     
  • Gas is cheaper than charcoal.
     
  • With no ash, gas grills are easier to clean. However, you will need to wash off the grease and carbon buildup every few months—it's still not as much work as charcoal grills.
     
  • Gas grills make it easy to hold a consistent temperature and offer optimum control.

Cons:

  • Gas burns clean so you won't get that char-grilled flavor you can expect from coal.
     
  • While the chances are slim, gas tanks have the potential to explode, posing a danger to your home and backyard.
     
  • Gas grills are generally more expensive than charcoal grills, and assembly can take longer.

Grilling with Charcoal

Hardwood lump charcoal and briquettes are the two main kinds available. You'll find that briquettes are cheaper and burn longer while natural lump charcoal lights quicker and burns hotter.

Pros:

  • Charcoal delivers a better taste thanks to the stronger smoke flavors it emits.
     
  • Since charcoal can get hotter than gas, it gives a delicious caramelized crisp to the exterior of your meat while keeping the interior a lovely pink color.
     
  • Thanks to electric charcoal starters and charcoal chimneys, you won't have unpleasant petrochemical tastes or smells assaulting your taste buds and nostrils. (The use of lighter fluid and its effect has always been a common complaint from the pro gas camp.)
     
  • Authenticity---man has been cooking with open flames since the beginning of time.

Cons:

  • There's a greater risk of fire, which is why many apartment buildings ban charcoal grills.
     
  • Coals can take a while to start glowing so you can start grilling. In addition, setup isn't as simple as turning a knob.
     
  • Unless you have a grill with a tray, the resulting ash is a pain in the butt to clean.

Our Opinion

We're not going to lie. We're die-hard advocates of natural lump charcoal. It all boils down to taste over convenience, and we'd much rather satisfy our taste buds than our need to have things now. After all, grilling is all about enjoyment. Practicality and cost will have to wait for another debate.

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