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Old 05-29-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Charcoal vs. Propane

Ok grillers let's hear it.

The age old debate, gas vs. charcoal!
Primal fire which is about as manly as you can get and satisfies that inner desire to cook meat against modern speed and convenience, precise cooking temperatures and times for that perfectly grilled cut of meat.

What is it for you?
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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I like Charcoal, but both have benefits
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:54 PM   #3
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I'm a gas guy...no messy clean-up.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
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I don't mind the mess... Make mine charcoal!!!
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

In this case i will swing both ways. During the week I will go for the gas but come weekend its all charcoal
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:54 PM   #6
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All charcoal. So much more flavor.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:55 PM   #7
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wood pellet. best flavor with many options

http://www.traegergrills.com/
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:13 PM   #8
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I don't see how much of a mess it takes to scoop up a few bounds of ashes. I put them right back into the empty bag.

Charcoal for me.
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Gas everyday and twice on Sundays!
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:29 PM   #10
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

Depends on what my time constraint is. If its a get out frozen stuff and eat fast gas is the one for me. If I have all the time in the world then Ill use Charcoal. If Im building a forge to anneal and treat steels I like gas its easier to control the temperatures. But thats another beast.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:54 PM   #11
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

In the past year I have only used my gas grill to light charcoal in my chimney on the side burner. Charcoal all the way.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:00 PM   #12
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100% charcoal. If you use the right stuff, there's nearly zero ash, so no mess. Just need a little more time, but it's worth it.
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Charcoal, can't beat the flavor.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:47 PM   #14
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

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100% charcoal. If you use the right stuff, there's nearly zero ash, so no mess. Just need a little more time, but it's worth it.
Care to explain?
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:58 PM   #15
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

Charcoal and mesquite, by a longshot.
I cook on a great big gas grill cause I'm too lazy to go through all the charcoal screwing around. I sure do miss it, though.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:34 AM   #16
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

I use propane... simply for the fact I get home late and can't wait for charcoal. Easy on; easy off.

Regardless of charcoal or propane... HAS to be on a Weber!!
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:42 AM   #17
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Lump charcoal burns away almost entirely. Kingfords, etc leave a ton of ash due to the binders that do not burn away. If you use lump, you have much less ash, much higher heat, lower burn times though but a much cleaner flavor AND the ability to add more charcoal on the fly, it is however more expensive BUT you can get to choose the wood used (hickory and oak burn the longest, mesquite charcoal burns wicket fast and hot but has that distinct flavor).

I prefer propane...j/k, charcoal all the way. I am up and running in 20 minutes with my chimney starter, about 5-10 minutes more then it takes to heat up a gas grill. And cleaning the old ashes, all good charcoal grills have ash catches that only require cleaning every 3-4 uses.
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:03 AM   #18
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Lump all the way. Most people only know the fake briqutee crap and have no idea how much better REAL charcoal is!
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Default Re: Charcoal vs. Propane

I have both. A Weber for Gas, quick and fast for the time crunches. A cheap Sam's club double sided charcoal for weekends and slow cooking. A store here did 78 cent/pound shoulders a couple of weeks ago. A weekend worth of work but 'DaDaDamn' it was good.
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Gas...I'm lazy.
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