Charcoal Grills Vs. Gas Grills

Charcoal and gas grills are by far the most popular types of grills used today, but how do you decide which type is right for you? In order to decide this, you must first look at the characteristics of each.

Charcoal Grills

Weber Charcoal Grill

One-Touch Silver 22.5″ Charcoal Grill by Weber

Charcoal grills are for those who don’t mind putting in some extra time and effort to achieve that smokey flavor that gas grills just can’t deliver. However, you’re going to need charcoal, lighter fluid, and 25+ minutes of preparation time to get the grill ready to cook.

Generally, you should let your charcoal soak in lighter fluid for about 10 minutes before lighting. Next, you must let your charcoal burn for another 10-15 minutes before cooking. You will notice your coals will begin to turn white. Once this happens, you are ready to start cooking. After you have grilled, you will need to clean out the charcoal ashes before you can grill again.

All this being said, many people consider the extra work of charcoal grills to be worth it in the end, because the smokey flavor caused by the burning charcoals is just spectacular.

Gas Grills

Weber Gas Grill

Spirit E-310 Gas Grill by Weber

Gas grills are great for convenience and ease of use. All you need to get them burning is some propane and the ability to press a button. Another benefit of gas grills is that the heat levels of the burners are easily adjustable.

Gas grills are also good for implementing the “two-zone” grilling technique, which is basically the utilization of a row of lit burners and a row of unlit burners to create a direct heat zone and an indirect heat zone.

The major fallback of using a gas grill is that gas as a heat source just doesn’t provide that smokey flavor that charcoal does. This alone causes many people to stick with their charcoal grills.

Ritter Lumber Can Help

The charcoal grill – gas grill debate is ongoing among grilling fanatics everywhere. At the end of the day, the choice to get a charcoal, gas, or other type of grill is yours. Which type you choose is entirely dependent on your preference and situation.

Traeger grills are a nice compromise between charcoal and gas grills. Traeger grills burn flavored wood pellets to get that smokey flavor, but also come with an electric starter to minimize preparation time. Visit the Traeger website to learn more.

For more information about grills or for help deciding which type is best for you, stop by your local Ritter Lumber store and speak with one of our knowledgeable associates. They have the experience and know-how to get you home with the grill of your dreams. Ritter Lumber carries Weber and Traeger grills, both of which are leaders in the grill manufacturing industry. Their products are top quality, reliable, and are trusted by grilling professionals.

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