Propane Grill vs. Charcoal—Which Is Better?
Posted: July 10, 2023
5 Reasons Propane Beats Charcoal All Summer Long
We know there are some people who have strong feelings about whether charcoal grilling is better than gas. But except for a very specific type of barbecue and smoked foods, a propane grill will perform better. In fact, you can achieve a slow cooked, smoked effect with a propane grill with just some simple tricks.
Why A Propane Grill?
From easier cooking to healthier foods to safety, there are plenty of reasons why propane is better than charcoal.
- Fast and Easy: A propane grill makes outdoor cooking as easy as turning on your kitchen cooktop: Flip a switch, turn a knob and set your heat level. There’s less waiting time, too, because a propane grill is hot and ready to go in about 10 minutes. Compare that to 30 minutes or more to get charcoal hot.
- Real Control: Just like your gas range, you get precise control with your propane grill. That kind of temperature control means you can grill all kinds of food, from meat to more delicate food, including fish, vegetables and even fruit. You can also close the lid to maximize heat (and increase efficiency). Try that with a charcoal grill, and you’ll smother your coals.
- Low Maintenance: Speaking of efficiency, propane grills are a cinch to clean. They cool down quickly, and just require a once-over with a wire brush to remove food particles. Then wipe down the grate with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil. With charcoal, there’s ash that blows everywhere, and the danger of hot coals that can smolder and reignite.
- Cost-Efficient: A propane grill is cost-efficient, too. While a gas grill might be a little more expensive compared to a charcoal set up, a 20-pound bag of charcoal will only get you through three meals, and can cost anywhere from $10 to $60, depending on the type of charcoal you use. On the other hand, filling up a 20-pound cylinder is around $20 and lasts for about 25 grilling sessions.
- Easy Fueling: In addition to the practicalities and pleasures of grilling with propane, there’s one other distinct advantage that make a propane grill the best choice: With a propane grill, you can connect directly to your home’s propane storage tank, eliminating the need for portable propane tanks. You can create your dream outdoor kitchen, with built-in equipment.
Still on the Fence?
Of course, you can always keep a charcoal grill for the ultimate smoky, low-and-slow barbecue. And, we get it: Some people really like the whole process of setting up the charcoal, messing with lighter fluid, nursing the flame and waiting (and waiting) for the coals to get hot enough. But if you want to make grilling an easy, healthy option for even a busy weeknight, instead of just the weekend, a propane grill is the way to go.
Ready to see the possibilities? Stop by our Snow Hill showroom to see a range of propane grills from quality brands like Phoenix and Wilmington. Whether you’re looking create a deluxe outdoor kitchen and entertaining space, or just need to replace your old propane grill, we have options ranging from basic, classic styles to top-of-the-line built-in units.
Contact us or stop by today.