10 Reasons Propane Grills are Better Than Charcoal

Mac vs. PC… Hatfields vs. McCoys… Propane vs. Charcoal.


Thousands of homeowners and commercial chefs across the country buy propane gas grills. While a charcoal grill boasts that rich, smoky flavor grillers love, propane grills pack a meaner punch in convenience, control and ease of use. When the dust settles, propane is triumphant in this backyard battle. Here are 10 reasons you should choose a propane grill over charcoal this summer.


  1. Ease of Use: If you’ve ever struggled with preparing, igniting and attending to a charcoal grill, then you’ll instantly fall in love with propane’s alternative. With a propane grill, you simply turn a knob and presto grill-o! Unlike charcoal, home propane grills are easy to start up and heat within minutes.
  2. Direct, High Heat: About 90% of the best steakhouses grill their rare-aged prime beef with gas for a darker, all-over sear only achievable with high heat. A gas grill reaches very high temperatures faster than charcoal, while retaining more heat.
  3. Cleanup: Cleaning a gas grill is simple. Just turn the burners on high for a few minutes, and then scrape down the cooking grate to remove remnants. A more thorough cleaning is only required every six months or so. There’s no need to worry about messy charcoal residue, stacking, lighting, smelly lighter fluid, flare-ups, drips or ashes like charcoal.
  4. Operating Costs: You may pay more upfront for a home propane grill, but the operating costs are much less than charcoal. In addition to the grill, you’re only responsible for your tank and propane prices of refills, as needed. With a charcoal grill, you’ll shell out money often for briquettes, lighter fluid, tools for pushing coals and more.
  5. Eco-Friendly: According to a study, charcoal grills emit 2,200 pounds of carbon dioxide in a lifetime — three times the carbon footprint of a gas grill at 769 pounds of carbon dioxide. Propane is colorless, odorless and nontoxic. It’s one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, so there’s no need to worry that fixing up your favorite burger will harm the environment.
  6. Temperature Control: With a propane service grill, you get better heat consistency, and temperature control is a cinch. You just adjust the heat control with a dial based on what foods you’re preparing.
  7. Longevity: Not only does a well-taken care of propane grill last a long time, but a full, residential propane tank will burn for as long as 16-20 hours.
  8. Versatility: A propane grill can be used year round, indoors or outside. Some are even portable and come in handy, compact sizes perfect for camping or picnics.
  9. Taste: While charcoal’s lighter fluid can leave your meats or veggies tasting like butane, you’ll never taste the propane fuel in your food with a gas grill. Miss the smoky flavor of charcoal? Many propane grills have smoke boxes for wood chips, providing the smoky flavor without the hassle or hindrance of charcoal.
  10. Accessories: From rotisseries and spice racks, to propane fuel gauges and more, there are a number of propane grill accessories to enhance your grilling experience to its fullest potential. Our retail locations carry all of these products and much more.


Ready to ditch charcoal and get grillin’ this summer with propane gas service? Call us at 1-888-847-7672 or visit one of our retail showroom locations. And, don’t forget to like ThompsonGas on Facebook and enter our contest for a chance to win a free gas grill!


– The ThompsonGas Team

1 Comment

  1. Wael on October 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’ve used alot of hickory but I’m by no means a bbq grill meastr that’s why I’m checking out this video and how to properly cook these things on a gas grill. I’m a believer in great BBQ starting off with the low and slow method but also don’t want to pay for 2 tanks full of propane cooking for hours!