The debate over charcoal vs natural gas BBQ grills will never truly end and we know there’s no right answer that fits everyone. If you’re considering buying a new grill, here are some of the benefits of each type.
Benefits Of Charcoal BBQ Grills
One of the most important benefits of using a charcoal BBQ to cook is that these grills are typically much cheaper than their natural gas or propane counterparts. Score one for the charcoal grills!
Other charcoal users claim that foods taste better (and they can argue this point for hours!), but a survey from Cooks Illustrated magazine found that charcoal grills provided grillmasters with better browning and searing properties. Point two for the charcoal!
Benefits Of Natural Gas BBQ Grills
The major benefit of using natural gas BBQ grills is sheer convenience. These grills heat up in minutes, which means that you could be eating in as little as 20-30 minutes (depending on what you’re grilling! Burgers and hot dogs will take less time than a whole chicken, for instance). Score one for natural gas BBQ grills!
True natural gas BBQ grills will use a gas line that runs from your home to the grill, however propane models that use a refillable propane tank are also common. The benefit of true natural gas BBQ grills is that you’ll never have to run out for charcoal in the middle of a grilling session because the gas comes directly from your home’s natural gas source! However, this does mean that you’ll have to set up a gas line! Call a contractor for this — you don’t want to mess around with installing a gas line for natural gas BBQ grills unless you’re a qualified contractor! When not handled properly, natural gas can be dangerous so forget about trying to DIY this project. Even with the extra work of installing a gas line, this is point two for natural gas BBQ grills!