Professional pit masters like to dump on gas grills, but actually, 68 percent of American grill owners prefer and use gas, and the number is growing. Gas grills, too, have their advantages and drawbacks. On the plus side:
Gas grills run on either natural gas or propane canisters. A 20-lb. Blue Rhino Propane Canister costs $50 to start. And when that runs out, a 20-lb. Blue Rhino Propane Standard Exchange will set you back $19.99 . A good rule of thumb to calculate your propane usage is to relate one hour of continuous cooking time to each pound the canister holds. Therefore, after the initial canister purchase, cooking gas will cost about $1 per hour of grilling.
Meanwhile, the chimney starter in a charcoal grill can hold up to six quarts of bricks; six quarts of sustainably sourced charcoal costs about $1.70 per cookout, while briquettes cost roughly $3.35. For charcoal grills, we’ll also factor in lighter fluid. A 32-oz bottle of Chefmate Lighter Fluid will get things started.
Gas grills offer the advantage of push button lighting
Gas grills provide a constant and consistent heat with the twist of a knob.
A propane tank will burn for as long as 20 hours.