Which Type Of Grill Is Better – Charcoal, Wood or Gas?

If you’re currently in the market for a new grill, there’s a good chance you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vast number of different types and models available. Hardware stores and department stores alike are flooded with what seems to be an always-evolving array of impressive new grills.

If you’re currently in the market for a new grill, there’s a good chance you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vast number of different types and models available. Hardware stores and department stores alike are flooded with what seems to be an always-evolving array of impressive new grills.

Yet all grills are not created equal. That’s why the specific make and model you choose should depend on your particular culinary desires, your budget, and the grill characteristics you value the most.

Gas Grills

Gas grills are by far the most popular type of backyard grill. They operate on either natural gas or bottled propane. While the majority of gas grills are built to cook with propane, they can be converted to natural gas without too much of a hassle.

Homeowners who have access to a natural gas line will find that it is much more convenient and cheaper in comparison to constantly refilling propane tanks. Gas grills are perfect for those who want to quickly fire up the grill. This type of grill empowers amateur chefs to cook meat without the preparation, mess and cleanup required by charcoal grills.

If you properly maintain your gas grill, it can provide you with quick and tasty meals for decades. Those who own a gas grill with an aluminum body will find that it can be left outside and uncovered, since the painted aluminum will not corrode or rust. Gas grills with porcelain-covered grates made with steel bars create especially gorgeous grill marks. They’re also fairly easy to clean compared to the stamped-steel grilling surface found in other gas grill models.

While gas grills are especially popular, they do have some drawbacks. The flavor produced by gas grills isn’t as potent as other grills, since they’re built with fairly diminutive smoker boxes that provide only a subtle smoke flavor. If you plan on smoking meats on a regular basis, a gas grill is not for you. You’ll get much more flavor with a traditional charcoal grill.

Another significant disadvantage of gas grills is that they are generally quite expensive compared to other types of grills. This is due to the mechanisms that are involved in the grill’s design. If you look hard enough, however, you should be able to find a relatively affordable, high-quality gas grill.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills use charcoal briquettes to cook meats. Cooking with charcoal is more expensive than cooking with gas. Charcoal grilling also takes more time to prepare, cook and clean. You’ll have to incorporate a 45-minute waiting period before each cooking session in order to let the grill pre-heat and get the coals started. Once you’re done cooking, you’ll have to dispose of the ashes.

Yet many prefer to cook with a charcoal grill because of the flavor they provide. Meats cooked above charcoal have a unique taste, especially if natural wood is used. Once you’ve gotten a taste of grilled meats from a high-quality charcoal grill, it’s difficult to revert back to gas, as you’ll long for that savory smoky taste. It’s also easier to sear meat on a charcoal grill, as the briquettes burn at a higher temperature compared to gas.

Wood Grills

If you’ve never cooked on a wood grill, your first time might be a bit intimidating. Most of us are used to operating a gas or charcoal grill. Those cooking methods are fairly straightforward and easy to execute. Wood fire grills are a bit more complex and challenging. Yet using a wood grill is worth the extra effort for most people. It produces some amazing flavors that can’t be generated with other types of grills.

You’ll love the firewood smoke flavors that are directly infused into your grilled meats. If you utilize high-quality wood chips and a smoker box, you can generate almond wood, applewood, hickory or mesquite flavors.

Ideally, you’ll have seasoned firewood embers to produce grilled meats with a unique taste that lingers on your palate. Wood grills create extremely hot embers that generate higher temperatures than many other grills. While gas grills can match this level of heat, they do not provide the wood smoke taste of wood grills.

In terms of disadvantages, wood grills take a long time to cook meat. You’ll be able to grill up your dinner in less time when you use a charcoal or gas grill.

It takes a while to cook with a wood grill because plenty of wood must be burned until it comes apart and turns to embers. The core of the wood embers then requires a considerable amount of time to heat up and glow. It can take nearly an hour before you can add your grill grate and start cooking. Add in the cooking time and it takes upwards of two hours to cook meat on a wood grill.

On the Estates Chimney website, you can browse the many high-quality gas and charcoal Bull Grills we have available. If you have any questions about our grill inventory, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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