It’s been called “the great debate” – charcoal vs. gas grills. While they are obviously very different in the way they cook, is either type actually superior to the other? What it comes down to is what you value from your grill.
Do you want something that you can cook on every day? Then maybe a gas grill is right for you. Or do you want to add a smoky flavor when you grill? Then charcoal is what you are looking for. Here are some other factors to consider when you are looking to buy a new grill for the summer:
Gas grills are typically more expensive than charcoal grills because of the addition of propane. Gas grills can be as low as $129 but typically run around the $300 range. Charcoal grills are much simpler and, therefore, less expensive, starting as low as $30 but typically cost around $100-$150.
Gas grills reach about 600 degrees while red-hot charcoal grills can reach 700 degrees. The bigger difference though is the addition of smoke in a charcoal grill which can reach 200 degrees and impart a smoky accent to your foods.