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

Thousands of homeowners and commercial chefs across the country buy and use 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 2009 carbon footprint comparison 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.
  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 propane grill last a long time, but a full, residential propane tank will burn for as long as 16-20 hours. We can even install a grill connector that allows you to grill using the fuel in your home propane tank.
  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 of charcoal.
  10. Accessories: From rotisseries and spice racks to propane fuel gauges and more, a number of propane grill accessories can enhance your grilling experience. Many of our retail locations carry all of these products and much more.

If you’re ready to ditch charcoal and get grillin’, talk with a trusted propane gas company. Call us at 855-965-5577, or request a propane quote and we’ll get in touch with you!