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Old 09-09-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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I am like the majority it seems, I "want" gas for fastness sake when hot out and for longer cooking foods, to me babysitting charcoal turns into a pain fast at times. We have had charcoal for years and love it when cooler or cold, or when just want to play around smoking something...
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:29 PM
 
Location: USA
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Gas here. I don't have time for charcoal.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:24 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Without charcoal or wood burning you might as well cook indoors!! and don't forget mustard and dill pickles in your tater salad!!
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:30 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I'll take charcoal 24/7/365. Those of you who don't use charcoal lighter because of the taste,I have never had that problem. You pile the charcoal up, light it, and spread the coals out when the flames are gone. By the time you get the meat ready, the coals are ready. Never taste anything but the meat and seasonings. And I do have a gas grill also. The reason for it? My wife said so! lol
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I've cooked steaks on charcoal with snow on the ground. Quality comes first. Currently using a Weber Kettle Grill. Adding another wood/charcoal smoker grill for doing whole pigs or several large briskets and chickens, and pork shoulders.. Something for family and friends when we party hearty. I use a plug in electric starter. No odor and clean.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Nomad, my dad would pull the charcoal grill up to the back door, and just snake an arm out to flip the steaks in the winter...... that man would BBQ in a blizzard!
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Charcoal is the way to go. It's really not too hard and doesn't take long though. Once you get the hang of it you will really begin to enjoy the process and definitely the flavor.
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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Charcoal here! Our gas grill crapped out and had been bugging DH for charcoal and he brought me home a Weber! Back home I used to grill out in the snow, can't stand eating a nice steak that has been cooked inside.
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: mass
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I would definitely say gas. So much easier, and quicker. My SIL has a charcoal and it just takes so long to get going it seems like a pain in the you know what. If I only had a charcoal grill I probably would seldom use it so what would be the point. Esp. since you can start out with gas, and if you really want a charcoal grill for certain things, you can just get one of those later and have one of each.

My dad has a layer of charcoal at the bottom of his gas grill---maybe that's an idea?
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Nomad, my dad would pull the charcoal grill up to the back door, and just snake an arm out to flip the steaks in the winter...... that man would BBQ in a blizzard!
I can relate to that. Nothing stopped me when I was a younger man. On the side of charcoal, yes it take a few more minutes but life is fast enough. Somehow I enjoy taking time to smell the steaks along with the roses. With my electric starter It takes only about 12-15 minutes to be cooking. Time well spent for the flavor. I usually start the grill and by the time the wife has put the rub on the meat I'm ready for it. I have use gas but no plans to return to it. So far no one has mentioned what to do when the gas tank empties in the middle and you don't have a spare. With charcoal you know where you are before you start it up.
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