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Outdoor grills... charcoal vs. gas?

JessicaSophia | Aug 4, 200603:21 PM     14

(I hope there hasn't already been a thread on this topic... I did a cursory search and didn't find one!)

My husband and I are on the market for our first grill (it's the first time we've actually had a patio/yard!). We can't afford to spend a lot of money, and we're on the fence as to whether we want gas or charcoal. My feeling is that gas is way more convenient-- I like the idea of being able to fire it up quickly and with no fuss for a weeknight dinner. But in my limited experience, I do feel like charcoal tastes better.

Right now, based on previous Chowhound conversations, we're leaning toward either the Weber One-Touch Platinum (that's the one with the easy ash disposal) or the Weber Performer (which has a propane igniter).

But I'd love feedback on other easy, convenient, but not-too-pricey options that we should consider, as well as others' opinions about whether we should opt for gas or charcoal. I just know that if it's time-consuming to use and to keep clean, we'll end up not using it as often as we'd like.

I'm also curious to know which would end up being more expensive, in terms of buying coals or propane. And, when you want to use flavored wood chips, can you still do this in a charcoal grill, and if so, how?

Thanks for helping us with this-- in our minds, it's our most important purchase for our new house!!

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