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Grill: Charcoal or Propane?

post #1 of 31
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Basically I'm looking to buy a grill for my house for the on coming summer. We're barely hitting spring here in Northern Michigan. Looking for something very basic for a household of 3, and hoping to spend around $150-ish. I want one that's going to last. It isn't very much money but that's irrelevant from the topic. ' What would you guys pick? Charcoal for great taste? Or the Gas for convenience? I can use some suggestions. Also let me know what you have at home and why you picked your choice. Thanks folks
post #2 of 31
My family has a gas grill at home. I would suggest you look for a grill that has cast iron grates. They are the extremely durable and will retain the most heat, ensuring a nice even sear.
post #3 of 31
Don't get charcoal if you have young kids.
post #4 of 31
I prefer charcoal but use propane mostly for convenience and health.
post #5 of 31
Lump charcoal, FTW.
post #6 of 31
Propane: Taste the meat not the heat.
post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
Don't get charcoal if you have young kids.

Why not?

I actually have both but only use the charcoal grill. Never would have bought the propane grill but my wife wanted it for hurricane season.
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
I prefer charcoal but use propane mostly for convenience and health.

Charcoal gives better heat but gas is so easy and convenient.
post #9 of 31
Propane
post #10 of 31
Gas
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by Pieceofsand View Post
Basically I'm looking to buy a grill for my house for the on coming summer. We're barely hitting spring here in Northern Michigan.

Looking for something very basic for a household of 3, and hoping to spend around $150-ish. I want one that's going to last. It isn't very much money but that's irrelevant from the topic. '

What would you guys pick? Charcoal for great taste? Or the Gas for convenience? I can use some suggestions.

Also let me know what you have at home and why you picked your choice.

Thanks folks


Will you be grilling mostly or actually BBQ-ing? If you're only grilling, gas wins by a landslide. You do lose some of the smoky taste but it's a lot better than lighting the charcoal, waiting for the charcoal to be ready and then disposing of the ashes. Tastewise, a charcoal pit with wood chips is admittedly much better.
post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 
BBQ and grill equally. There is a meat specialty store where I work that have a large selection of meat with homemade sauce that are delicious.

I think I will stick with charcoal based on the votes, plus I'm all for the taste.
post #13 of 31
obviously charcoal tastes better, the only reason for the existence of propane is the relative convenience.
post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by BP348 View Post
Why not?

I actually have both but only use the charcoal grill. Never would have bought the propane grill but my wife wanted it for hurricane season.

The coals stay hot for hours; they look like they have cooled down. Grills knocked over; pets; hot coals; etc.
post #15 of 31
i started on charcoal, had propane for probably 20 years, went back to charcoal. buy a chimney and starting the fire really is a breeze. takes 20 minutes instead of 10. big whoop.
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