Dedicated Charcoal Griller? It Might Be Time to Switch to Gas

There are two kinds of grillers: charcoal grillers and gas grillers. What you may not realize is that charcoal grillers are actually gas grillers at heart—they just don't know it yet! Here are some reasons to consider making the switch from a charcoal griller to a gas griller.

Gas is not as messy.

Cooking on charcoal is fun, but then you are left with the messy ashes. Dumping them out can leave you with ashes all over the front of you and all over your hands. As you cook, ashes can fall out of the grill and make a mess in the yard. Gas grilling is so much tidier. There are no ashes to get rid of. You just turn the gas off, give the grill a quick wipe-down, and say goodnight.

Gas is cheaper.

It's amazing how fast you burn through a bag of charcoal when you're grilling a few times each week! And the good charcoal is not cheap, so gas is a lot cheaper. You can have your tank refilled for $10 or $15, and it lasts you through a month of grilling sessions or more. You can spend the money you save on better ingredients to cook with.

You can control the temperature of gas easily.

Controlling the temperature of a charcoal grill takes practice and attention to detail. And, if it suddenly gets colder or windier outside than you planned for, your temperature takes a hit. With gas, you have so much more control over temperature. You just turn a knob to turn the temp up or down, and the grill responds immediately. This makes it a lot easier to cook more sensitive food items like fish and fruit.

Gas yields a cleaner flavor.

Some people like that rustic charcoal flavor, but there are definitely foods it does not pair well with, like delicate fish and some veggies. Gas yields a cleaner grilled flavor. You can marinate and season your foods as you desire, and the fire won't interfere with the flavor of your seasonings and marinades. 

If you've been a dedicated charcoal griller for years, it's time to make a change. Give gas a chance; you'll probably be amazed at how much you like it. The best way to experiment with gas is to try a few different types of food at once: veggies, fish, chicken, and steaks. Compare them to the foods you've cooked on charcoal.

Contact a company like Thompson's Gas Inc for more information about gas barbecue grills.