The Differences Between Gas and Charcoal Grills

Gas and charcoal grills are two popular types of outdoor cooking appliances, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Here are some key differences between gas and charcoal grills:


  • Gas Grill: Uses propane or natural gas as a fuel source. Propane tanks are portable and convenient.
  • Charcoal Grill: Uses charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal as fuel.

Temperature Control

  • Gas Grill: has temperature control with adjustable knobs, Very easy to set and maintain
  • Charcoal Grill: Requires practice and constant attention

Temperature Range

  • Gas Grill: Around 225°F to 600°F (with no infrared sear zone)
  • Charcoal Grill: As low as you want to 1200°F and up


  • Gas Grill: Good for fast-cooking foods
  • Charcoal Grill: Superior for slow cooks

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Ease of Use

  • Gas Grill: easier to start and control.
  • Charcoal Grill: Takes more time to set up and ignite. Lighting charcoal can be a bit more involved, and there's a learning curve for controlling temperature.


  • Gas Grill: $300+ for a great one
  • Charcoal Grill: $139 and up


  • Gas Grill: Generally easier to clean with removable grates and drip pans.
  • Charcoal Grill: Requires more cleaning, and disposing of charcoal ash can be messy.

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Cooking Versatility

  • Gas Grill: can Cook hot dogs, burgers, chicken, and more to perfection
  • Charcoal Grill: primarily designed for grilling


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