Is Charcoal BBQing Better Than Gas?

Yes and no…

Oh, you want more? Please read through the following pros and cons of each appliance. And before your twitching fingers can start texting me a devastating counterargument for each of those, please read to the conclusion. And feel free to provide us with more Pros and Cons if we missed any.

Gas Pros:

  • Convenience – Easy to light and control
  • Gas fuel might be cheaper than charcoal over the long run
  • Excels at high-temperature cooking (searing steaks, for example)
  • Easier to control the temperature
  • Typically, better for cooking for large crowds

Charcoal Pros:

  • Provides a nice smoky flavor
  • Versatility – Can cook a steak at high-temps or slow smoke
  • Can heat up faster than gas grills
  • Ashes can be used in your garden to provide needed minerals
  • Depending on options can be more affordable
  • Also more affordable to maintain

Gas Cons:

  • Requires parts replacement (igniter, burner, etc.)
  • Doesn’t really impart flavor
  • Does not perform well if wanting to smoke meat
  • Typically not portable

Charcoal Cons:

  • Lengthy fire startup procedure
  • Charcoal can burn unevenly
  • Temperature control can be difficult
  • It can be messier and more difficult to clean

Conclusion: For each of the cons above, there are solutions. Either a change in procedure or accessories would make these points invalid.

But… if we had to distill it to one thing: Charcoal provides better taste and smoky flavor. On the other hand, if you are looking for convenience (ease of adjustment, cleaning, etc.), gas is likely to be your choice.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017


For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

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