As best we can remember, we grew up with three sounds in summer: the nighttime drone of the cicadas; the crack of a little league bat, and the sizzle of a burger hitting a hot grill. If that’s not summer, we’re not sure what is. And now that summer is just around the corner, we’re taking a look at that most essential summer accessory: the grill.
There are three main types of grills out there, and everyone has their favorite.
Charcoal: The old guard. It’s been used for centuries, and as the die-hards will tell you, there’s just something about the taste of charcoal. Of course, there’s also the time spent waiting for the coals to heat up, the work involved in getting the perfect amount of heat, and the inability to cook different foods at different temperatures.
Propane: The upstart. Propane grills offer the convenience of heat anytime, anywhere. Fire up the grill and two minutes later, it’s ready to go. Some propane grills come with side burners where you can heat up a pot of baked beans, and the temperature’s always easy to control. But then again, there’s the hassle of carting the propane tanks to and from the store—and the best way to ruin a backyard gathering is to run out of gas before everything’s cooked.
Natural Gas: The winner (in our book). A natural gas grill offers all the convenience and control of a propane grill without the hassle of tanks and a limited fuel source. A natural gas grill hooks up to your gas line, where you can use the same reliable fuel that heats your hot water and your house. It’s a whole lot cheaper than propane, too, and instead of having to shell out pocket cash at the local convenient store, the cost is incorporated into your energy bill at the end of the month.
Maybe we’re biased, but we think the choice is clear. How about you? What’s your grill preference and why?