Fuels for Grills: A Must Know Guide to Grilling

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Grills offer us a wide array of choices. There are hibachi-type grills, smoke grills, charcoal grills, gas grills and many other types. Each household prefer one type over the other. That is why the variety in the type of grills is always helpful in offering us the grill that fits our preferences. One aspect to look into when purchasing grills is the type of fuel used. The kind of fuel used for grilling has a big impact on the outcome of foods being cooked or grilled. Fuels for grills are mainly divided into two major types – gas and charcoal.

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Gas-powered grills use two types of gas. These are propane and natural gas. Propane is the more widely used gas over natural gas because of its availability and convenience. Propane gas use cylinder tanks to hold the liquefied propane. These tanks may be small or large depending on the preference of the grill user. Whatever the size, these tanks are portable and can be moved from one place to another with ease. Moving the grill will not be a problem because the propane tanks can also be moved easily. The same cannot be said about natural gas. The set up is a little more complex. When using natural gas as fuel for grills, there must be a permanent source present in the home. A secure hose must be used to connect the source of gas to the grill.

Gas like propane or natural gas produces constant heat and smoke to all grilled foods. Adjusting the heat is not a problem because a dial is used to do the job. With just a turn of the dial, the preferred heat for the type of food one is grilling is achieved.

The other type of fuel for grills is charcoal. Grilling aficionados prefer charcoal because it gives that perfect smoky, barbeque flavor to any grilled food. Making sure that the right heat is used may be a concern but with constant practice and use, adjusting the heat will not pose a problem for grillers. There is one type of charcoal that gives out constant heat and smoke, almost similar to that of gas – charcoal briquettes. This consistency in smoke and heat and brought about by the briquettes’ uniform size and shape. They are created to be more commercially appealing than natural charcoal. For those who want quality as well as price reasonability for charcoals, there are natural charcoals that are sold at a lower price than briquettes. This type of charcoal may even be found in your backyard and comes with no price, at all. There is a tip to remember when using natural charcoal for grilling. The better natural charcoal are those that come from fruit or nut-bearing trees. E xamples of these are oak wood, pecan wood, hickory wood and apple wood.

These fuels for grills, whatever type they may be, do one and the same important work – grilling our favorite steaks, fish and favorite vegetables to perfection.


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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.