When you are choosing between a charcoal or gas barbecue grill you will need to consider a number of factors which may include how easy it is to light, your budget plus a few other points. Whatever type you pick will give you just the same tasty results! We’ve written this guide so that you can make a wise decision.
The simplest and least expensive are charcoal grills as they are simply a fireproof metal bow, and a food rack and often a means to control air flow. They can be manufactured from cast iron or stainless steel. The simplest to care for are the stainless steel barbecues with a baked on enamel finish which guards against corrosion. Make sure the wheels are made from heavy duty plastic so that they will not crack if the barbecue is left out during extreme weather conditions. It is recommended that you choose one with a cooking grate made out of stainless steel or nickel plate so that it won’t rust and will be easy to clean. In addition check that the handles are wooden as as they won’t get as hot as metal ones. Another good idea is to have a hinged grate as this will make it much easier to top up the charcoal. A few grills have an area attached for resting food on but check that it’s surface is easy to clean and it looks durable.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Charcoal grills are frequently less expensive than propane or natural gas grills and many people like them for their familiar atmosphere. They are not so effortless to light as grills running on propane or natural gas but this can add to the fun! The ashes also need to be cleaned out regularly and they are be dearer to operate. In spite of this if you only intend to use your barbecue infrequently this won’t really make much difference.
Gas BBQ Grills
Gas barbecues can be bought that use either natural gas or propane. Enamel on stainless steel is the best material as it won’t rust if left outside. Confirm that the legs are sturdy and preferably welded for a long life. It’s best to buy a grill that has at least two burners which are evenly spaced. Two systems are used on gas barbecues, angled steel bars or lava rocks. We like better angled cooking bars which let the juices vaporise and enhances the food’s flavor. A lava rock system may cause the juices to collect in the barbecue bottom which may cause flare-ups.
Advantages & Disadvantages
Propane or natural gas barbecue grills are much more expensive than charcoal barbecues however many people prefer their convenience. Temperature control is very easy and they are simple to light. Gas barbecues are cheaper to run than charcoal barbecues so in the long run may be cheaper. They are much easier to clean with no ashes to remove!