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Charcoal vs Gas Grill: Which One’s for You?

The warm weather fast approaches and brings barbeque season with it. Is your grill ready for the summer? For those looking to purchase a new barbeque, first answer the age-old question: charcoal or gas grill?

 

What Are the Differences?

Charcoal and gas grills are unique in many ways. What you are looking to get out of your grilling experience will determine which one is best for you. So, here is what you need to know about each.

 

Gas Grills

Convenience and control are two main features offered by gas grills. For many, those two words embody their dream barbeque. It’s because of this that gas grills have become a very popular option for so many looking to enjoy barbequed food.

Safety
It’s important to remember gas is explosive and requires proper handling. Gas tends to be slightly safer than charcoal as there is little chance for sparks or hot objects to escape.

Convenience
Don’t worry if barbequing isn’t your specialty. Gas grills are easy to start, maintain a consistent temperature and are easy to clean. For individuals with minimal barbequing experience, gas grills provide a straightforward route to barbequed food.

 

Charcoal Grills

Produces Great Tasting Food!
The main feature making charcoal grills such a sought-after grill, is the flavourful food the grill produces. Charcoal grills emit more smoke, creating a lovely smoke taste, and get hotter than gas barbeques. Great heat is better for cooking steaks and other red meats.  

Safety
Charcoal grills have a higher fire risk. This has caused some apartments and high rise building to ban them from being used on the property. If you live in an apartment or condo, check your building rules before going this route.

Convenience
Charcoal grills don’t provide the convenience seen in gas grills. Charcoal is dirty to handle, hard to light and takes longer to reach the desired temperature. Negative aspects aside, with precautionary measures and proper tools–gloves, shovels or tongs–charcoal grills can be manageable and yield top-quality results on the grill.

 

Ready to Decide?

If you’re all about the flavour then charcoal is probably your best bet; however, if user-friendliness is central, than a gas grill is the way to go.