Post # 1
Hi Bees! I decided I’m going to get DH a new grill for christmas but have run into an issue here- gas or charcoal? We have a tiny little camping bbq that uses those small propane camper tanks but we don’t use it very often because it’s a hassle to cleanup, setup, etc. I want to get him a new one that is a bit larger on a stand, but still portable to throw in the car for the beach or river or camping…. I was looking at some online similar to the coleman roadtrip lxe- with cast iron grill plates since we use cast iron a ton at home.
Anyone have a preference over gas or charcoal and why- he’s very picky about his food so I’m looking for something that you could adjust the temp. on because he hates anything even slightly charred (and I believe charred foods contain more carcinogens I think)… feel free to recommend a grill if you want as well (not more than $130), that would be awesome!
Post # 3
bump- anyone have a preference or do the bees not use grills?
Post # 4
@BeckyS0: I prefer the taste of charcoal, but I like the convenience of gas/propane. We have a propane grill for our house.
Post # 5
If you want to “take it with you” then Propane is the way to go
(Altho after having been a kid in the 1960s and ONLY ever having seen charcoal grills until the 1980s… I’d opt for Propane ALL THE TIME… Charcoal is a PITA as it is sooo much more work… takes so long to heat up, is messy, dirty, and those briquettes hold the heat… you have to wait for like FOREVER AND A DAY… until they are cool enough to thro out)
Been a Propane fan now for over 30 Years… and not looking back.
Mr TTR & I have a HUGE Propane Grill (we call em BBQs here in Canada) that sits on our Patio out the back door. And we grill year-round… no matter the weather (temp) even have to dig it out of a snowbank regularly !!
LOVE it. Only way in my opinion to have a Steak.
We also own one of these smaller portable models for Camping & Picnics
Pefect for us.
BUT if you want something a bit bigger… you should check out the Coleman “Road Trip” line… they are fully portable (good for Camping, trips to the Beach etc) and big & sturdy enough to also use at home if you have a Deck / Patio.
Road Trip Grills = http://www.colemancanada.ca/Products/1001/roadtrip
Friends of ours that we camp with have one and they love it.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
We used a charcoal grill for quite a long time. We have had a propane grill for a year now, and even though charcoal has good flavor, I would never want to deal with the inconvenience and the mess again.
Post # 7
@This Time Round: ya, we have something like your picture now, but we don’t have patio furniture to put a grill on top of, and we usually use it when we are camping and I hate having to grill off the ground with it. I’m actually thinking about either the coleman roadtrip sport or lxe so it’s great to know your friends enjoy it!! Thanks!
@housebee: @MsW-to-MrsM: Ya, I don’t think he would want to deal with the mess but I wasn’t sure if the flavor would outweigh that or not… Thanks!!
Post # 8
I love the taste of a charcoal grill but I can’t argue with the convenience of a propane grill. We debated between these two for quite awhile and ended up with a propane grill and haven’t regretted it.
Post # 9
gas is easier, but charcoal tastes better.
Post # 10
To @BeckyS0: Lol, glad to help.
The one thing I would also mention is propane or natural gas is a cleaner (somewhat healthier) fuel source
Food prepared over Wood & Charcoal both evidently UP one’s exposure to carcinogens… I remember this was a HUGE argument that was Pro-Gas Grills back in the 1980s when they first came out.
That would make a difference to me as well.
Post # 11
@BeckyS0: Personally I despise gas grills! We have one b/c the landlords left it, they didn’t recommend us getting another b/c we live on the ocean and they rust out super fast. The other day I had big, gorgeous (and expensive!!) filets ready to go on the grill, I walked out to a cold grill. Ugh. Charcoal tastes wayyyy better too.
Post # 12
@Future_Mrs_Dr_I: I didn’t even think about rust- we live less than a half mile from the bay & it’s always foggy (anything metal rusts really easily around here)… Wouldn’t that still be a problem with a charcoal grill though? I mean, aren’t they usually made of the same metals?
Post # 13
Any grill your going to buy is going to rush unless your will to spend a lot. Any way you can slip it into a conversation which he prefers? I know my guy is picky, he hates gas with a passion and will only grill with charcoal. Honestly, gas is easier to just throw in the car. Charcoal you have to dispose of the waste and/wait for the embers to cool properly. Some people, like my guy, don’t care about that, it’s about the taste. Some will care about that, it’s about the ease.
Post # 14
@housebee: +1. We have one of each. Depending how much time we have, we decide which one to use.