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Are Charcoal or Propane Grills Better?

Find Out the Secret to Easier, Healthier Grilling

gas grills Martinsville, va Hello, summer! Long days and warm nights are perfect for grilling up your favorite foods for family, friends—or the whole block! If your grill’s best days are over, now is the time to add some new sizzle to your deck or patio. Midway has a great selection of propane grills from Broilmaster, Firemagic, and Phoenix and a team of experts who can help you chose the best grill for your needs.

We know there are some people who have strong feelings about whether charcoal grilling is better than gas. But except for a very specific type of barbecue and smoked foods, a propane grill will perform better. In fact, you can achieve a slow cooked, smoked effect with a propane grill with just some simple tricks.

From easier cooking to healthier foods to safety, there are plenty of reasons why propane is better than charcoal.

Cooking With Gas

A propane grill makes outdoor cooking as easy as turning on your kitchen cooktop: Flip a switch, turn a knob and set your heat level. There’s less waiting time, too, because a propane grill is hot and ready to go in about 10 minutes. Compare that to 30 minutes or more to get charcoal hot.

And, just like your gas range, you get precise control with your propane grill. That kind of temperature control means you can grill all kinds of food, from meat to more delicate food, including fish, vegetables and even fruit. You can also close the lid to maximize heat (and increase efficiency). Try that with a charcoal grill, and you’ll smother your coals.

Speaking of efficiency, propane grills are a cinch to clean. They cool down quickly, and just require a once-over with a wire brush to remove food particles. Then wipe down the grate with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil. With charcoal, there’s ash that blows everywhere, and the danger of hot coals that can smolder and reignite.

A propane grill is cost-efficient, too. While a gas grill might be a little more expensive compared to a charcoal set up, a 20-pound bag of charcoal will only get you through three meals, and can cost anywhere from $10 to $60, depending on the type of charcoal you use. On the other hand, filling up a 20-pound cylinder is around $20 and lasts for about 25 grilling sessions.

In addition to the practicalities of actual grilling with propane, there’s one other distinct advantage that make a propane grill the best choice. With a propane grill, you can connect directly to your home’s propane storage tank, eliminating the need for portable propane tanks. You can create your dream outdoor kitchen, with built-in equipment.

Still on the Fence?

Of course, you can always keep a charcoal grill for the ultimate smoky, low and slow barbecue. And, we get it: Some people really like the whole process of setting up the charcoal, messing with lighter fluid, nursing the flame and waiting for the coals to get hot enough. But the bottom line is that propane makes grilling an easy, healthy option for even a busy weeknight, instead of just the weekend.

Ready to see the possibilities? Come visit our Martinsville showroom. Whether you’re looking create a deluxe outdoor kitchen and entertaining space, or just need to replace your old propane grill, Midway has options ranging from basic, classic styles to top-of-the-line built-in units.

Whatever you need, our trained, experienced propane service technicians will safely and properly connect your new built-in gas grill to your home’s propane supply.

Prefer to use a propane cylinder? Take advantage of our convenient cylinder exchange. Contact us today.