Gas vs Charcoal Grill Comparison

One of the questions we’re asked all of the time is which type of grill is the best, a propane gas grill or a charcoal grill. That is why we created this gas vs charcoal grill comparison post. The pros and cons listed below for propane gas grills and charcoal grills are our opinions. If you would like to share your own opinion, please feel free to comment below on this post.  


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Gas and Charcoal Grill



Charcoal Grills

The Pros:

  • Grill Prices: There are a wide variety of pricing options available. You can find expensive charcoal grill models as well as cheaper charcoal grill models
  • Grilling Temperature: By adding more char coals to the grill, you can reach very high grilling temperatures
  • Smokey Flavor: This is definitely a preference decision, but char coal grills are much better at giving your grilled food a smoky flavor
  • Fun Factor: You get to play with real fire, which is way better than using a propane gas grill

The Cons:

  • Prep Time: Charcoal grills can take up to 20 minutes to get fully lit and preheated. If you don’t like waiting for your food, then a charcoals grill is not for you.
  • Cleaning Your Charcoal Grill: Cleaning a charcoal grill can be much more time consuming because you need to clean up all of the ashes. This is why we always recommend the charcoal grill tin foil technique
  • Grilling Temperature Consistency: Since you are cooking with char coals, it can be much more difficult to maintain consistent grilling temperatures across the grilling grates.

Gas BBQ Grills

The Pros:

  • Grilling Temperature: Propane gas bbq grills give you much better control over grilling temperature consistency across the grilling grates
  • Cleaning A Propane Grill: Propane gas grills are much easier to clean than charcoal grills because you do not have the messy cleanup of charcoal ashes
  • Prep Time: Gas bbq grills are very convenient because you can turn the propane knob on and start grilling right away.

The Cons:

  • Grill Prices: Propane gas bbq grills tend to be much more expensive than your average char coal bbq grill
  • Grill Parts: Since there are many more grill parts on a propane gas grill, there is a much higher chance that something will break.
  • Fun Factor: Cooking with propane gas is just not as fun as using charcoal briquettes
  So there you have it, the Cave Tools Gas vs Charcoal Grill Comparison. Please comment below to let us know what you think!


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