The Pros and Cons of Charcoal Grilling

Posted on Dec 16, 2015

There are generally two types of avid grill enthusiasts; those who prefer propane and those who prefer charcoal. Воth gas grills and сhаrсоаl grills оffеr dіffеrеnt fеаturеs and bеnеfіts that make them more or less арреаlіng to сеrtаіn sесtоrs of the market.

Here are a few things to take into consideration with charcoal grills.

Pros of Charcoal Grilling

Smoky flavor

  • The biggest pro of all when it comes to charcoal grills is the smoky flavor of food that cannot be ignored.
  • This benefit alone makes it hard for any grill enthusiast to choose between a charcoal grill and a propane grill.

Less expensive

  • Charcoal grills are less expensive when compared to a propane grill.
  • Cost factor likely contributes to the selection of a charcoal grill for anyone shopping around for a new grill on a budget.

Easy to load up

  • Charcoal grills are easy to load up when venturing out on any type of trip.
  • All you need is to load up is the grill, the charcoal, and then safely store the lighter fluid during your transit.


Cons of Charcoal Grilling

Difficult to clean up and transport

  • The biggest con of all regarding a charcoal grill is that they’re entirely messy and difficult to clean.
  • Cleaning a charcoal grill is a time consuming and messy task due to the ash left behind from the ignited charcoal grills.
  • Cleaning up charcoal and trying to transport after cooking can be a bit of a hassle to say the least. Please have a plan in place to extinguish and dispose of the coals properly.

No adjustable temperature knob

  • There is no knob to turn on and to adjust the temperature with. Instead, you need to load up the grill with charcoal, light the coals with lighter fluid and wait while the coals sizzle to an appropriate temperature.
  • To ensure that the food is cooked through, you’ll need to use a meat thermometer.
  • With charcoal it is also difficult to properly sear food, as it is challenging to know the proper temperature so therefore as stated above you need a good thermometer.

Cost and adding more charcoal

  • As you begin to lose heat, you’ll have to add charcoal and wait for it to heat up all over again before you can continue at the temperature you’ve achieved.
  • The Cost of charcoal then begins to add up. With a FireDisc you can run it for just under 2 hours off of a 16 oz. propane tank which cost less than $2.50 at most sporting goods and hardware stores across the country.
The bottom line…

If you insist on investing in a charcoal grill, make sure that it’s one that you’ll have for a lifetime and not just for the summer.

Be prepared to properly clean and maintain the grill to keep it up-to-par for as long as possible.

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