Opinion on Gas Grills


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So, I have recently bought a gas grill, which my friends didn't approve of, so we had a small debate on the topic of gas vs other grills while having fine cold beers.
I thought I could share our thoughts with you. so here it is.
(the following content represents my own opinion, and it is not meant to offend anyone, etc. I will include source links, cause I used a lot of info from the web)

Each type of grill offer’s its own unique benefits.
Most gas grills use liquid propane gas from a tank that’s hooked right up to the grill. (However, it’s possible to connect some grills to the same fuel tank that powers your kitchen range or even to a gas line that runs to your house.) The beauty of a gas grill is that it’s easy to “light” and only takes about 10 minutes until it’s hot enough for you to throw on some burgers. And when you’re finished, you simply turn off the gas — you don’t have to wait for the coals to die down and then carefully dispose of them.

Cooking with charcoal imparts that classic charbroiled, smoky taste into food that gives barbecued meats their unforgettable flavor. However, that taste comes with a drawback – since charcoal emits smoke, it also imparts carcinogenic compounds into the food and the air. Cooking with charcoal requires adequate space. It creates immense heat and produces a lot of smoke, which can cause trouble if you are grilling near a multi-family dwelling or other people.

Unlike gas or charcoal grills, electric grills only require an outlet to work. You plug them into the wall or an extension cord and they heat up in minutes.
You can buy electric grills in a variety of sizes, from a personal-sized, serving-for-one countertop grill to a large outdoor setup ideal for parties and get-togethers.
However, it’s important to remember that electric grills may not create the same traditional smoky flavor you enjoy from charcoal and gas-powered machines. They do not impart a charbroiled taste, which may impact their appeal for some audiences.

There are several different characteristics that you might want to keep in the back of your mind when you are looking for your new grill. While these features are not essentials, they will certainly make your grilling life a lot easier. Tool hooks and wheels are a great option, for instance. The tool hooks will allow you to put down your grilling gear when you aren’t using it, and wheels will make the appliance much more portable.

Share your opinions on pros and cons, I'd really like to hear from you!




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Grills/Smokers are like screwdrivers,,, each have their own perfect application. For me, gas grills get used during the week after work when time is limited. I just did some center cut chops on a gasser last night.


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I've got my Big Green Egg on a cart that rolls out of the garage to the driveway. For a small load of charcoal for a quick dinner grilling, it takes about 15 minutes to fire up and get up to temperature. When I'm done grilling, I can close off the air and put the lid down and roll it back in. It is still pretty warm to the touch on the outside, but not hot enough to light anything else up; self contained, so no sparks and with no air, it extinguishes itself and cools. I used to have gas grills but once I got the Egg, over 20 years ago, I got rid of the gas grills. I use a high output gas burner for steaming crabs and for the turkey fryer (same burner); but not for grilling. With the Egg, I can also bake and of course smoke things. Every now and then it gets a big load of fuel and gets a long 650 to 700 degree burn out to clean up the deposits.

When I'm smoking, I have a couple of neighbors who come over to see what is being smoked. Have not had any complaints, but If I do, then they can stay on their own property and off mine.

I do like the idea of the Blackstone griddle and may add one, but I've got a gas range in the kitchen and a good variety of cast iron pans that substitute well for griddle tops.

As for the carcinogens ... seems that if you look at enough studies, nearly everything can be labeled a possible carcinogen, including the fine cold beers you talk of. I'll die of something at sometime, and I will enjoy what I can as long as I can until I get there; including grilling and smoking food and enjoying serving and eating them.