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Barbecues, Outdoor - Indoor and everywhere

Barbecues, Outdoor - Indoor and everywhere

Barbeques: Outdoor, and even indoor.  Cheap barbecues, built in barbecue, kitchen islands, portable barbecues for camping or the beach.  Barbecues are everywhere, how do I decide on what is right for me. 
Fire Pit Tables and More can help you with your decisions, we are here to help sort out the differences, and give you some insight on things to look for when you are buying a grill.

Things to look for when buying a grill:
  • Materials - Most grills are made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron or stainless steel.  Stainless steel is the Priciest choice, because it holds up well to the elements.    
  • How Big of a cooking surface will you actually need. 
  • Are you going to want to cook with indirect heat.  - If so then you will need more than one burner with a gas barbeque.  
  • Do You want a Rotiessarie?
  • Do You Need Fold Up Side Tables
  • Does it come with a cover?
  • Or is a cover available?
To help you with your quest we have designed a table to help you with your selection.

Category Gas Pros Gas Cons Charcoal Pros Charcoal Cons Electric
Sizes Gas Grills are measured by the number of square inches they can cook.
Prepping to Cook
Gas is easily turned on with a knob.  Grill heats up quickly.
If your out of fuel - you will have to go get fuel first. To offer you the thrill of playing with fire -  Dirty to handle - Hard to light -Having to use a chimney Starter or making sure you burn the coals long enough to remove the taste of starter fluid.
Temperature Control 
Turn of a knob
Harder to regulate temp.  You cannot turn the temperature down with a turn of the knob.
Heat Zones Generally more than one – since most grills come with dual controls. Harder to have multiple cooking zones.
Usually only one because of the way charcoal needs to be spread out.
Only One Zone for Cooking
Heat Consistency
 Heat is even and consistent.
If you use lots of coals or coals are raised close to the cooking surface - it can create a hotter flame, which can be great for searing meat like steak.
Heat can be challenging to control. Coals must be replenished every hour or so.
In a competition a while back - participants could not tell the difference between gas & charcoal with Hamburgers & Hot Dogs.
Steaks had a less smokey flavor than charcoal in a compeition a while back. Wood chips must be added separately, in a smoker box or a homemade packet.
In a competition a while back - participants could not tell the difference between gas & charcoal with Hamburgers & Hot Dogs.  - Steaks had a more smokey flavor.
No Smoky Flavor
Rotisserie. Most gas grills have rotisserie kits as an option 
Few charcoal grills have rotisserie kits.
Many come with side burners so you can keep sauces warm or cook side dishes. You can get night lights, side tables, spice racks, tool racks, & storage drawers
You will have a hard time finding a charcoal grill with a side burner
Clean Up
Turn up the heat and it will burn the majority of food off, then just brush the grates.   No ashes and minimal grease to clean up - Most Grease is vaporized.  Wipe down surfaces on both grills where food touches and flame do not for sanitation purposes.
Burns extra fuel.
Work hard on Brushing  the grates since there is no way in burning the extra food  debrea left behind off.  Then empty the ash.   Wipe down surfaces on both grills where food touches and flames do not for sanitation purposes.
Cleaning up the dirty ash left behind.
Cover your gas or charcoal grill when not in use to minimize upkeep.
More parts to break and be replaced
Cover your gas or charcoal grill when not in use to minimize upkeep. 
 Just replace grates annually, more or less depending on how much you cook.
But gas remains slightly safer than charcoal because there is little or no way for sparks to escape.  Gas can be turned on or off with a knob.
Gas is Explosive
Let's look back to that starter fluid for a moment.  A flammable and poisonous substance like starter fluid releases a very large amount of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and the particulates from the charcoal also add to air pollution.  So, charcoal cooking may be tasty but it's not very environmentally friendly.  You also have to wait for the fluid to burn off so it does not contaminate the items you're grilling.
Slight higher risk of fire - sparks can float at catch a neighbor on fire - especially in highrises
Cheaper grills can generally start at approximately $100.
Larger investments. From $100 to $5,000 and up.
There’s little doubt that a charcoal grill — which can be as simple as a cooking grate and a receptacle to hold the bricks — is an inexpensive outdoor grill. Probably the least expensive all grills. Charcoal will not save you money in the long run due to fuel costs.
High End Charcoal grill can cost upward of $400.00
Fuel Costs
 A propane tank can provide fuel for 16 to 20 hours.  The cost of filling the tank can be anywhere from $15 to $25 - depending on where your refilling your tank
In terms of cost, a large bag of charcoal costs anywhere from $6 and up. Then there's starter fluid that costs a few more dollars.  It costs, on average, about $2 dollars just for the supplies needed to get a charcoal grill going!

Fire Pit Tables and more carries a full line of barbecues in all styles and designs.  Overall the best way to go:  Follow your taste buds.  If your a frequent griller - and cost and convience are your main concerns then go gas.  If your a hard core griller and your prefer the smoky taste that comes from a well grilled charcoal steak - and you do not care how much time it takes then go Charcoal.  Either way you will not go wrong, and Fire Pit Tables and more can help you purchase that next BBQ Grill. 

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