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Reason Why a Charcoal Grill is Better Than Gas
February 12, 2014

Reasons Why a Charcoal Grill is Better Than Gas

First of all, in my last newsletter I said that I might be tempting fate by saying how good the weather was at this time of year. Well I did indeed tempt fate and it came and got me.

There was I thinking of smoking some ribs and chicken, something nice and simple to start off with, over the weekend, and in come the storms. As I write the rain is pouring and the wind is rattling the house. That said, up here in the North East we’re still being let off lightly with thousands of people flooded out of their homes in the south and west of the UK.

Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone that to my last newsletter, much appreciated. In particular I’d like to thank Dave from Northern Ontario who shared some photo’s of his family’s barbecue in deep snow. Nice looking steaks!

Now to the theme of this newsletter, the reason why a charcoal grill is better than gas.

I was talking to a friend at the end of last week about the first barbecue of the year and we got to discuss the pros and cons of gas and charcoal. He has a gas grill and I prefer to use charcoal. So here’s my argument…

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Why Charcoal Grills are Better Than Gas


A like-for-like gas grill is always going to be more expensive than a charcoal grill. Think about a charcoal grill and then add to that the cost of the gas burners, the gas tubes, the gas fittings, the electrics, etc. Do you really want to pay for these expensive parts when you can spend your money on prime pieces of meat instead?

More Transportable

You can take a charcoal grill practically anywhere you go and be able to buy charcoal to fire it up. The same can’t be said about gas. I’ve taken a gas grill away camping and run out of gas but could only find charcoal for sale locally.

Easier to Clean

What! I can here you all say. Well here are the facts, with a charcoal grill after cooking you probably just clean the grill racks and sweep the ash out of the bottom of your grill, even easier if you have a grill with an ash catcher. Now with gas you still need to clean the grill rack but you’ve also got all those fiddly bits of gas paraphernalia beneath the rack to clean the drippings from. Much more difficult to clean than a charcoal grill.

Easier to Control the Heat

With charcoal you can place it anywhere underneath the grill rack to control indirect heating and create cool areas. You can fill the bottom of the grill, half fill it, put it on both sides and leave the central area free, or anyway that you want. More importantly you can do this with praticaly and charcoal BBQ. This is not the case with a gas grill, yes you have some control but not as much as with charcoal.

The Food Tastes Better

It goes without saying; barbecue food always tastes better when cooked over charcoal than gas. You just can’t get that same smoky taste from gas. No need to say any more on this point.


OK, authenticity might not rate highly on everyone’s scale but I think it does. Part of the fun of barbecuing is that cave man feeling; hunting for your food and cooking it over a real fire. Now, I’ve done some research and I’ve not came across any cave paintings showing a woolly mammoth being cooked on a gas grill. So to me that means charcoal is authentic and gas isn’t..

There we have it in five points, charcoal grills reign supreme over gas.

Ok, I admit there’s a bit of tongue in cheek here but I’d be interested in your comments either way in favour of charcoal or gas. You never know a similar newsletter might appear in favour of gas over charcoal.

That's it for this issue of the Chargrill Chat, I hope that you enjoyed it.

If you have any requests, or a recipe, or tip to share that you think other readers might like, or even if you disagree with anything in this newsletter, please email me at

Best regards,


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