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Grill: Charcoal or Propane?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Pieceofsand, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Pieceofsand

    Pieceofsand Senior member

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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 [​IMG]
     
  2. mm84321

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    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.
     
  3. Lighthouse

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    Don't get charcoal if you have young kids.
     
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    I prefer charcoal but use propane mostly for convenience and health.
     
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    Lump charcoal, FTW.
     
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    Propane: Taste the meat not the heat.
     
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    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.
     
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    I prefer charcoal but use propane mostly for convenience and health.

    Charcoal gives better heat but gas is so easy and convenient.
     
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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 [​IMG]



    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.
     
  12. Pieceofsand

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    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.
     
  13. aphextwin07

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    obviously charcoal tastes better, the only reason for the existence of propane is the relative convenience.
     
  14. Lighthouse

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    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.
     
  15. foodguy

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    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.
     
  16. Mark from Plano

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    I have both and generally use both.

    In addition to the convenience, I think you can control the heat better with gas. I like doing pork loin on the gas grill. I will sear the outside on high heat on the lower grate with the lid open, then turn the heat down and move the loin to a higher rack and close the lid to let it cook at lower heat for a while to cook thoroughly through.

    Can't really do this on charcoal...or I should say, I don't know how to do it as well on charcoal.

    With steaks, shrimp and hamburgers I really prefer the flavor of the charcoal and am not as concerned with regulating the heat as much.
     
  17. foodguy

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    In addition to the convenience, I think you can control the heat better with gas. I like doing pork loin on the gas grill. I will sear the outside on high heat on the lower grate with the lid open, then turn the heat down and move the loin to a higher rack and close the lid to let it cook at lower heat for a while to cook thoroughly through. Can't really do this on charcoal...or I should say, I don't know how to do it as well on charcoal

    this is really pretty easy. start the fire in the chimney. when it's ready, dump the coals -- but just against one side of the kettle ... you want a slope on one side going just about to the middle of the kettle. sear over the hot side, then move to the cool side to cook through. i use this for just about everything except fish fillets and thin steaks.
     
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    Gas with wood chips is the way to go.
     
  19. Pieceofsand

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    ^^ Did you mean 10 minutes instead of 20? I'm confused.
     
  20. Dragon

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    I figure if I can't wait 15 minutes to get the charcoal going, I might as well cook inside [​IMG]
     

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