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Charcoal, you can't beat the flavor 17 44.74%
Gas, it is just more convenient 7 18.42%
I'd prefer Charcoal if it were as convenient as Gas 14 36.84%
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Old March 10th, 2010, 09:54 AM
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Charcoal or Gas, What's Everyone Prefer to Grill With?

Hopefully this won't become too heated, but I seem to be noticing a huge reduction in anyone grilling with charcoal anymore. I know gas is more convenient, but for me, the flavor is just not the same. Is there still a healthy market for charcoal grills, or have lazy Americans been slowly sealing their fate?
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I wont cook on gas. I am sure there are some nice ones out there, but for the money, i am not trading up my Weber. I got the Weber with the table top and gas ignition so it doesnt take long at all for the coals to get going, especially if you are using a chimney. I personally think it is easier to cook on, but maybe i'm just more used to it.
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I prefer gas not really because it's more convienent, but because I get even, consistant heat distribution. If I want to impart wood flavor in my meat I just use wood chips.

But, charcoal is messy and I had NG run outside to my grill when I built my house.

Gotta love charcoal burned hotdogs though!
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Old March 10th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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Nothing can beat coconut charcoal, it give your stuff a unique taste.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Just plane hardwood !

I have been using a Woodflame grill for over 5 years now and would not go back to gas nor charcoal. The thing is perfect for camping and you can basically find fuel everywhere. But the best part is the flavor ! Just incredible ! You can actually smoke with this. I have used it in the dead of winter with -25C temperature with great results.

The only drawback to this unit is its size and the fan noise. I run it on my trucks inverter when out and just love it.

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Pure wood charcoal.. Fruitwoods are great but I've taken to nutwoods recently after a trip to Texas.. Pecan wood yummmmm
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when we are at home gas grill, it is jut too easy, not as good as wood but we use the grill more than the stove in our house.

When camping I like to cook over wood

When I was in Costa Rica we used coffee wood, it was good but not sure how to explain the flavor

I think maple is my fav so far
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Also, mango seeds, it's great when you cook pork meat on sticks with pineapple
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At home and camping, I switch between both depending on the type of meal, situation and how many I need to be cooking for.

When I go camping I have 2 Pelican cases devoted for all my cooking stuff. My largest case holds most of the lion share of stuff I may need including a double burner gas stove and a grill/burner combo unit. these are mostly used for breakfast meals where I want to boil coffee water quickly and set up a light weight griddle over the burners for eggs bacon, etc.

My other case holds my charcoal and charcoal grill along with some other items which pretty much use for all my dinners main dish cooking. If I have something I want to prep on the side, I'll pull one of the gas units out.

At home its a mix of the same conditions depending on what the master plan is but in general I cook more on my big gas grill simply because I dont have a devoted outside charcoal grill on the porch and its less hassle to deal with after work than pulling one of the camping charcoal grills out, loading it up with the charcoal and then having to wait until they cool down enough to dump into the can when done before packing the grill back away.

It also depends on what I am cooking for dinner too. Some dishes I prefer to cook over the charcoal grill, some I seem to get better results over the gas.

Overall I prefer cooking over my little charcoal grills, but during the week after coming home from work it almost always will be the gas grill at home
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I agree that Charcoal tastes much better, but gas is just so convenient that I rarely bother with the charcoal. I think sometime this summer I am going to fire up the charcoal and cook some ribs though...mmmm
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Nothing can beat coconut charcoal, it give your stuff a unique taste.
The wood from tree or the nut shells?
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All the thick fiber around the nut, if you don't give it a lot
of air, it will burn real slowly and consistent giving a good
and stable heat and also a good flavor.
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Nothing really new to add, I use gas because I never have charcoal when I need it. I use the lava rocks on the bottom to help distribute the heat. Been using the same grill for many years that I found on the side of the road in someone's trash pile. Its on lts 3rd burner and the wheels are falling off, wood parts are rotting. I love it even grilled at least once while we had 3 feet of snow on the ground. Ideal unit would be a custom built gas/wood/charcoal grill with a smoke chamber on the side. Someday. My friend George has a side business doing barbecue called Squeals on Wheels complete with tow-behind unit that is a large version of what I just described. We do a whole pig once a year at my buddy's lake house on Lake Gaston in VA. For that we use gas, using the burner from the tow-behind unit just laid on the ground at the bottom of a concrete-block above ground pit. One hour per 10 pounds on the gas and then smoke with wood only for the last few hours. One year we did wood only for the whole thing, with a small fire off to the side and transferring coals over to the pit as needed...

oh...first photo is Mabel (2006) She caught fire while under the less than watchful eye of a few drunks...she was fine though and still needed another 2 hours to cook after that...she was the one we did with wood only...second photo...is from 2009, forget the name...the enclosure in the foreground is the smoke box I built...it worked perfectly...3rd photo is Max (240lbs, 2007) we used gas and wood for this and the '09 pig. In 2008 we just did shoulders, forget why...

hungry yet?
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I use a Weber gas grill at home because like others I grill more often than use the stove during spring, summer and fall. When camping I won't grill on anything other than my Weber Smokey Joe. The taste is fantastic and it's small enough that the heat is even.
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Since I associate the word buccaneer with sea piracy I was wondering what you meant. So I googled buccaneer and this is what I found. I guess you really do learn something every day.
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from wikipedia:

The term buccaneer derives from the Arawak word buccan, a wooden frame for smoking meat, hence the French word boucane and the name boucanier for French hunters who used such frames to smoke meat from feral cattle and pigs on Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).[2] English colonists anglicised the word boucanier to buccaneer.

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There is a book, extremely interesting, wrote in 1678 by
one of them, explaining where they come from (hunters
first) and how they started sea roving:

THE BUCCANEERS OF AMERICA

A true account of the most remarkable assaults commited
by the English and French buccaneers against the
spaniards in America.


by

A.O. EXQUEMELIN

One of the buccaneers who was present at those tragedies


First edition was De Americaensche Zee-Roovers.

Everything is there, Tortuga Island, Henri Morgan, François
l'Olonnais, wild life of Hispaniola island, the burning of the
city of Panama... and it's the real thing
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Weber gas. No piracy involved, I found it curbside fair and square.
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Lump Charcoal and Hardwaood only here.
The Weber is used all year long - planning to add a partial roof over the deck so it's easier to grill in rain and snow.
We also use the "Big Green Egg" and for big parties we use hardwood+Charcoalwith large BBQ Smoker from Texas.
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