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Gas vs charcoal

Postby ChrisinHove » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:20 am

Forget politics, religion and even gun control (or is that politics AND religion?) - what do you prefer and why?

I’ve currently brisket and short ribs on the charcoal smoker, along with some aubergine and whole garlic, staying warm by a wood fired chiminea, and about to cook the accompanying flat breads on the gas grill, so .... err ....I’ve a foot in each camp.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby The Deacon » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:31 am

It has to be at least 35 years since the last time I cooked with charcoal. Switched to gas in the early 80's, used a George Foreman electric grill when I lived in a ground floor apartment with nowhere to store a gas grill. At present, I go back and forth between a gas grill and a George Foreman grill depending on what, and how much, I am cooking.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby bearfacedkiller » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:56 am

I guess I prefer charcoal as far as the results go but propane is just so fast and convenient. For that reason propane wins.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Evil D » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:04 pm

Charcoal. If I want gas I'll cook in the kitchen.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby dsvirsky » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:49 pm

Haven't grilled in nearly 20 years, but definitely charcoal.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby VashHash » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:01 pm

I prefer charcoal as well.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Sjucaveman » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:08 pm

I use gas as work my work schedule and children I don't have the time for charcoal.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby cabfrank » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:26 pm

For me, gas all day, case closed. Purists will hate.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Daveho » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:37 pm

Charcoal. I can often be seen making disproportionately large fires in the front yard to cook a small amount of meat.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby MacLaren » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:46 pm

Kingsford Charcoal. Preferably, the light the bag kind.
Works like a charm everytime and imo, you just cannot beat the flavor that Kingsford Charcoal gives. That's my 2 shekels worth anyways

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Evil D » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:53 pm

You guys with the time comments, I bet you spend more time exchanging your cylinder than I do lighting briquettes. Matchlight people c'mon. If I'm THAT pressed for time I'm not gonna grill anyway. Grillin = chillin.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby MacLaren » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:01 pm

Man, Kingsford Light the bag is awesome.
Burns quick, hot and long. Love me some charcoal
Agree with David. Very fast & grillin and chillin ;)

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Nate » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:25 pm

Charcoal, but I generally use hardwood lump charcoal over briquettes. Chimney starter with paper, don't even own lighter fluid. I like the hardwood stuff becuase it seems to light faster and burn hotter.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Naperville » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:30 pm

I don't know when the last time I grilled was, but thanks for giving me the idea. I think sometime in May, I'll get out the charcoal and give it a shot!

I'll make "Hobo Dinners" or cook some salmon fillets. A hobo dinner is when you wrap carrots, potatoes and onions with a hamburger in tin foil and throw it on the grill for 15 to 20 minutes.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby The Mastiff » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:45 pm

Propane and propane accessories including lava rocks. For sure faster and definitely easier to clean up and put away.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Bloke » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:21 pm

Evil D wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:53 pm
You guys with the time comments, I bet you spend more time exchanging your cylinder than I do lighting briquettes. Matchlight people c'mon. If I'm THAT pressed for time I'm not gonna grill anyway. Grillin = chillin.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Doc Dan » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:04 am

I prefer charcoal hands down. Using gas, I have to put in some of those wood chips in a little can. With charcoal, I can get hickory or mesquite and that is all I need. Nothing beats that smokey flavor.
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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby Doc Dan » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:27 am

Using propane to grill can be exciting.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby TomAiello » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:21 am

Gas for me. Much easier to control temperatures. The only other thing I use outdoors is wood. I haven't used charcoal in at least 15 years.

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Re: Gas vs charcoal

Postby MacLaren » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:55 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:21 am
Gas for me. Much easier to control temperatures. The only other thing I use outdoors is wood. I haven't used charcoal in at least 15 years.
I do love grilling a steak over the fireplace or campfire with apple wood.


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