Outdoor grilling is one of the best things that you can do during the nicer parts of the year. Regardless of what you’re grilling and for whom, the whole experience is generally seen as a time to relax and unwind with friends.
Currently there is a very healthy and sometimes heated debate over which brand, type, and fuel source to use for outdoor grilling events.
There are 4 primary types of grills used for outdoor activities. First you have your charcoal grills which are the second oldest of the type. Second in the list are wood burning grills which are the oldest but some people still like to use them.
Third are electric grills which are only about 20 years old with a small but growing fan base. This leaves natural gas burning grills as the fourth and final entry on the list.
These are very efficient and clean as far as the fuel consuming grills are concerned and many people love them due to their ease of use and the fact that they don’t get very dirty. Though charcoal grills are cheaper to buy fuel for they can take some time to light, can be hard to adjust, and produce a lot of waste that dirties your grill.
The last thing you want to do on a beautiful day is spend a few hours cleaning out your grill just so you can use it.
Of course the main part of the argument is not so much on fuel source as it is on taste. Each respective grill type gives the foods cooked on it a unique flavor. Wood and charcoal grills tend to give their food a more Smokey flavored taste while gas grills give more of a direct taste.
Electric grills don’t really give food any special flavoring, after all it’s simply heating the food up without a flame and therefore you won’t get any additional flavoring.
Flavoring aside there is another more pressing reason that gas is slowly starting to take the lead over its competitors. While coal and wood do give a smoked taste to their respective foods there’s also the danger of getting debris mixed in with the food.
Even the best grill rack isn’t 100% debris proof. People aren’t really happy when their hot dogs and hamburgers have bits and pieces of charred wood or coal ash in them.
Due to the fact that gas is a simple open flame there’s no risk of contaminating your food with cooking fuel residue. Thus this method for grilling is cleaner both in its fuel source and in its resulting cooking quality. The only downside to this particular grill type is the flammability of the fuel source.
If you don’t treat a gas grill with respect there’s a chance you might end up being pried off the nearest wall. Gas is extremely combustible, so you should clean and inspect your unit regularly to keep it in safe operating condition.
Aside from the differences in fuel sources and costs grilling in general is a fun activity to partake of. Some people even choose to do it in the winter though their gatherings are still inside their home. Regardless of whether you use charcoal or gas make sure to take care of your grill and it will serve you faithfully for years to come.