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Propane Gas vs. charcoal: Dishing on popular grilling methods

Propane gas grilling

Propane Gas vs. charcoal: Dishing on popular grilling methods

Propane gas grillingIf you love to grill then you have probably wrestleted with the question which is right for me a propane grill  or a gas grill? We’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic.

Any time of year has the potential to be grilling season. Grilling is not only a way to prepare meals; for many, it's also a passion.

"Barbecuing is no longer just a pastime, but an integral part of the North American lifestyle," said Jack Goldman, president and CEO, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. "We expect consumers' passion for flavorful food and entertaining their family and friends to continue to increase."  With the amount of propane tanks we fill for grilling in Southern Maryland SJ Johnson knows this is also true for our local community.

The HPBA's 2017 industry survey found that 70 percent of adults in the United States own a grill or smoker. Those numbers are even greater in Canada, where 80 percent of adults have a grill to call their own. Flavor, lifestyle and entertainment are the prime reasons people grill.

Grilling in Southern MD

When it comes time to replace or upgrade a grill, the age-old question remains: Do I choose a charcoal- or gas-fueled grill for my Southern MD BBQ? That decision can spark heated debate among grillmasters, but for many it may boil down to a number of factors.

Cost

Charcoal grills tend to be the less expensive than gas grills. The food and beverage trend reporter Chowhound indicates that a low-end grill can be purchased for around $25. However, deluxe charcoal kettles and other charcoal alternatives tend to be considerably more expensive. The most popular gas grills may cost anywhere from $130 to $300. Those who prefer more options and high-end offerings can pay between $800 and $1,500.

High heat searing

When cooking dishes that benefit from high-heat searing, charcoal grills seem to outperform gas ones, but that isn’t to say gas counterparts can't come very close at least according to the experts behind The Sweethome, a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times Company.  And deploying a cast-iron pan on top of the grates can help concentrate the heat and allow the meat to cook in its own fat.

Convenience

There is no doubt that gas grills are a marvel in regard to convenience, especially when they are directly tied into a home's propane or natural gas system. In such instances, one never has to worry about running out of gas. Gas fuel tends to be cheaper than charcoal and easier to clean, and some gas grills come with side burners that enable cooks to prepare side dishes right next to their grilled entrees.

Clean-up

Gas grills generally are easier to clean, and home chefs do not have to wrangle much ash or leftover coals once they're done cooking.

Charcoal and gas grills each have their merits. It is up to consumers to decide which features reign supreme as they shop for new grills.

Be sure to refill your propane tank for your gas grill before your next BBQ, at our propane filling station:

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