Maybe you can help us settle a long-running argument around the Toolmonger offices: gas or charcoal?
I’ll admit to being an ardent supporter of gas grills for many years — before I finally converted. My father always had gas grills, and during most of my young life I lived in one apartment or another and was concerned about fire safety. (You can’t easily “turn off” charcoal, and I didn’t like the idea of leaving a burning fire on the porch for hours.) I also liked being able to easily control heat.
But last year, Sean shamed me into going old school. After my gas grill broke down for the third or fourth time — they only last a season or so without a major rebuild (or a seriously major investment) — and he still had ‘que at his house via his $25 charcoal box, I relented. Since then I’ve totally become a convert — like one of those guys who won’t shut up about his new Apple computer. I love the simplicity, the flavor, and even the social aspects of charcoal. I’ve even learned to control the heat — even in my $45 cheap-o grill.
So what do you think? Gas or charcoal? Why? Let us know in comments.