Gas vs Charcoal Grill: The Pros and Cons

Gas vs Charcoal Grill: The Pros and Cons


There's nothing more satisfying for Cavemanstyle members than cooking sumptuous meat outdoor. But if you're still looking for a grill or considering replacing your old one, you might be torn between a charcoal grill and a gas-powered one. So what will you choose?


Whether you'll be grilling in your backyard or camping in the forest, you'll want to ensure you're buying the grill most suitable to your needs and lifestyle. You don't want to waste those prized meat pieces you skillfully sliced with your trusted Cavemanstyle knife, wouldn't you? 

So here's a list of pros and cons for gas and charcoal grills for you to consider.


Pros and Cons of a Gas Grill

Gas grill users seems to be attached to being not as hardcore as charcoal or wood grill users. However, this doesn't discourage you from getting one. After all, such prejudice within the grilling words is fading. 



The advantages of gas grills are the following:

  • Gas fuel tends to be much cheaper than charcoal when calculated to every time you fire up your grill

  • Quick and easy operation with a press of a button

  • Allows you to start cooking in around 10 minutes

  • Gas fuel is contained in convenient, easy-to-transport tanks for portable units

  • Larger units can be conveniently connected to the main pipeline for instant, continuous fuel supply

  • Offers greater cooking versatility because larger units can come with practical features e.g. smoke boxes, rotisserie kits, side cooktops and multiple burners

  • Cooking with gas grills gives off steam, which makes cooked meat moist and tasty

  • Easier to clean and maintain

On the other hand, here are the disadvantages of gas grills:

  • Tend to be more expensive than charcoal grills
  • Gas fuel is not as hot as charcoal
  • Mobility limitations when gas grills are hooked to main lines
  • Can cause uncontrolled flare-ups which are fire hazards

In general, gas grills offer great convenience that saves you time and effort. To complement such a fast-paced lifestyle, order the Caveman Ultimo knife online for highly efficient, safe cooking performance.

Pros and Cons of a Charcoal Grill

There seems to b a pride among charcoal grill users, but if you're thinking of buying one to join the "elite" group, you may need to think twice. Charcoal grills are not for everyone and it is not just for the expertise, but based on your lifestyle and preference. 

Here are the advantages of charcoal grills:

  • They are typically much cheaper than gas grills
  • They're more portable than the gas-operated models
  • Provides better flavor with real smoky, off-the-fire taste
  • Perfect equipment for slow roasting steaks, chicken breasts and other large items
  • They generally don't cause flare up because the coals are providing the heat
  • Charcoal burns much hotter than gas fuel

However, the disadvantages of charcoal grills are the following:

  • Charcoal takes about 30 minutes to get the fire going for the grill
  • Can't be immediately turned off unless the coals are doused in water, which can damage the grill
  • Needs additional, big space to stock and/or transport briquettes of charcoal
  • Operating costs is higher because charcoal is more expensive
  • May produce heavy smoke during startup
  • Requires skill to dial down the heat and control temperature by arranging the burning briquettes
  • They're messy to use and requires thorough cleaning after cooking
  • Ashes from charcoal can get on your food
  • Food can have a petrochemical smell when charcoal fluid is used to start fire


Charcoal grills are typically perfect if you love the socialization, aesthetic and authentic aspects of grilling in the great outdoors. Make sure to own the cooking knife that's built for tough jobs with ruthlessly sharp versatility such as the Caveman Ultimo knife or Cleaver Knife. 

Now that you know the pros and cons of gas and charcoal grills, your ultimate choice will also consider your personal preferences and lifestyle. Regardless of what you choose, make sure to have the right tools when preparing your meat for grilling.

Once you settled with what grill to buy, complete your set up with tools such as the Cavemanstyle Knife. Check our The Cavemanstyle knife shop and add to cart! 

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