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July 2019

Every seasoned griller has personally settled the charcoal vs gas grill debate, if not openly then privately. The grill type can impact the taste, though perhaps not to less discerning barbecue attendees. The type of grill you ultimately decide to master is, ultimately, entirely up to you, but there are benefits and drawbacks to both types. The good news? You can make delicious food on both.

Let’s start with gas.

Right off the bat, gas starts off strong by cutting back on the wait-time. With charcoal, you have to wait for the charcoal to ignite before getting serious about making lunch. Convenience is a big selling factor when it comes to gas grills, but it’s not the only one.

Gas tends to be cheaper than charcoal, which is another check-in its plus column. These grills are, on the whole, also easier to clean than their charcoal counterparts. Also, if you’re grilling out for the neighborhood, you have the option of hooking your grill up to your home’s gas line, allowing you to grill without pause for as long as it takes to get everyone fed. Some people also swear that the steam a gas grill gives off adds moisture to whatever you’re cooking.

There are some things to keep in mind with a gas grill. For one thing, if you are cooking for the whole neighborhood and need to hook up to your home’s gas line, this limits your mobility. And while gas is cheaper than charcoal, gas tanks can make moving your grill a bit cumbersome. Gas also doesn’t burn as hot as charcoal; finally, as with any heat source, you need to keep in mind anything that might become a fire hazard, such as uncontrolled flare-ups.

If you’re looking to add a gas grill to your outdoor kitchen, we suggest looking at Blaze. For the serious griller, there’s the commercial-style 32-inch 4-Burner Grill with Rear Burner. The burners themselves are stainless steel, each equipped with 14,000 BTUs. This grill starts up fast, comes with a removable warming rack and, best of all, has a lifetime warranty.

Or perhaps the Napoleon—also stainless steel, but the Napoleon BBQ Built-in LEX 485 Gas Grill Head uses propane rather than natural gas as its fuel. Four burners, giving you the chance to have up to four things going at the same time. If you anticipate your cookout lasting longer than the sun will be out, this grill offers I-glow knobs so the party doesn’t have to stop.

Metro Appliances & More has numerous options for the gas griller. Let us know your specific needs and grilling habits, and we’ll find you the perfect match.

Charcoal lovers, never fear. We haven’t forgotten about you.

Charcoal does have the edge on gas grills in a few areas. The one you’re prone to notice first is in cost—charcoal grills are typically significantly less expensive than gas grills. That said, depending on how often you grill, the cost of charcoal itself might make gas grills the better option.

Charcoal grills are less likely to have the flare-ups you’ll see with a gas grill, though this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safer. They do, however, tend to be easier to move around than gas grills, so if you’re joining some friends for a weekend barbeque and they need some extra firepower, volunteering your grill wouldn’t be out of the question. Finally, many people prefer the smoky flavor that comes with charcoal that isn’t easily replicated on other grills.

The advantage you get in price, mobility, and taste may not be enough to sway you to the charcoal side. As we mentioned above, charcoal grills take longer to heat up. They’re also more of a chore to clean afterward, and you risk getting ashes in your food. Most models don’t come with additional features and you tend to need a lot of charcoal on-hand if you’re planning to spend a long time in front of the grill. Also, depending on the way you ignite your grill, you might end up with a less-than-pleasant petrochemical smell, which can impact your food’s taste.

That said, charcoal does have a big advantage over gas in the form of the Big Green Egg. The largest model at Metro Appliances & More has a 29-inch diameter cooking grid and can cook 35-40 burgers, 14-16 whole chickens, 18-20 steaks, 20 racks of rib, 1 suckling pig. If you’re not routinely grilling enough to feed a small army, though, the Big Green Egg comes in a variety of sizes, the smallest equipped with a 33 centimeter cooking area, which makes it a natural pick for tailgating parties.

While the Big Green Egg might be our Big Green Favorite, Metro Appliances & More has a wide selection of charcoal grills by some of the best manufacturers in the industry, including Blaze, Coyote, and Napoleon.

If neither gas nor charcoal hit the spot, though, there are some exciting new alternatives, like the Traeger Grill and Smoker. This grill boasts the ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste by using wood-pellets. And its versatile options make it perfect for either hot and fast or low and slow cooks.

Wherever you land in the charcoal vs. gas debate, Metro Appliances & More has the best grills and grilling supplies you need to make sure your next cookout becomes the start of family legends. Give us a call or swing by to find your next grill. And if you’re in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lowell, Arkansas, or North Little Rock, Arkansas areas, be sure to visit the large Outdoor Living Departments for an even larger grill selection!

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