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Charcoal Versus Gas Grills

Summer is nearly here, and it’s time to plan for your holidays and outdoor activities. When it comes to a summer get-together most families gather for a barbecue, requiring a grill and just a little space for the festivities. When you’re planning your outdoor space, it can be difficult to choose what type of barbecue grill to purchase. The feud between charcoal and gas grills continues each year, and while many homeowners are loyal to one or the other, it’s a good idea to find out the benefits and the costs of your choice.

Charcoal Versus Gas Grills Image - Milford CT - The Cozy FlamePurpose of the Grill

  • A Large Gathering
    Feeding a large group of people you may want a more convenient experience, and one that doesn’t put off a lot of added heat. Cooking for a large group might mean you need a grill that will cook faster, and less expensive meats like burgers and hot dogs. Gas grills cook quickly, maintain a steady temperature, and have an easy switch for lighting and shut-off.
  • Family Grill
    When you’re looking for a good taste for roasting or smoking, you might prefer charcoal over gas because when meats like chicken and steak are slow-cooked with charcoal or hickory chips, it leaves a distinct taste.
  • Baking
    Some homeowners prefer to bake in a grill instead of a household oven. If you’d like to bake in your grill, gas is for you. Baking with gas will bake your bread or dessert, but will not alter the taste. Baking with charcoal will give your homemade treats and breads a smoky flavor despite whatever ingredients you use.
  • Direct Heat Cooking
    When a gas and charcoal grill go head-to-head in standard direct heat cooking and searing, the two flavors are the same. And aside from taste, the benefits of gas grills outweigh those of charcoal.

Benefits of Gas

  • Easy to light and shut off
  • Maintain temperature with easy control
  • Long lasting fuel
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Flame unaffected by weather and wind

Restaurants Choose Gas

Generally, steakhouses choose gas to cook for time and taste. Despite the sometimes added cost of the grill, it pays off in the end. No more buying charcoal, running out before your big event, and having your flame flicker out repeatedly until you finally concede and cook on your kitchen stove.

The debate of charcoal versus gas is as old as the wood versus gas fireplace debate. Both have benefits, and both have loyal consumers, but obvious benefits cannot be overlooked. Some manufacturers have even gone as far as to create hybrid grills that burn both charcoal and gas. The Cozy Flame stands by gas grills, not only for the convenience and ease-of-use, but for the safety features. We also listen to our customers and continue to sell the best products in the industry:

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The Cozy Flame has just what you’re looking for in your summer barbecue experience. You can impress your guests, your family, and yourself with your new gas grill. Call 203-283-4459 today, and let a grill expert talk you through your options.

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Customize Your Outdoor Kitchen

If you're serious about grilling, come work with the professionals at The Cozy Flame to customize a grill that's perfect for you!

If you’re serious about grilling, come work with the professionals at The Cozy Flame to customize an outdoor kitchen that’s perfect for you!

Warmer weather is here, and we all want to be outside to enjoy it, and that means cooking and eating outdoors. If you have always dreamed of having a custom-made outdoor kitchen just for you, The Cozy Flame can help you fulfill that dream. Not only do we carry a wide selection of Wilmington grills, but we also customize and install these grills wherever you choose and can build a beautiful stone surrounding for your kitchen, adding whatever accessories and appliances you may need. Our technicians at The Cozy Flame want to build your dream outdoor kitchen for you, and we will work with you on selecting the look, choosing the accessories, and planning the design.

Before you even start this project, there are a few things you should consider, according to the barbecue expert, Derrick Riches, from Barbecues and Grilling at


Be sure to place your kitchen away from any structures that it could put in danger of catching fire, and where it could stay for many years to come.


You will want to consider the design of your home as well as your yard when planning the design of your customized kitchen because you do not want it to look out of place and not fit in with its surroundings.


A well-designed outdoor cooking area should do more than just cook food. Think of this area as your outdoor kitchen, and plan on using the storage and table spaces all year round.


Consider the weather in your region, and have your kitchen built to withstand the elements there. A good enclosure is a must, if you want it to last.


When planning the design, make sure your outdoor kitchen is easy to clean and repair. You do not want to find out a year later that you will have to cut through bricks or stones to get to a part to replace.

Once you have considered all of these things, it is time to focus on choosing a grill. The Cozy Flame is proud to sell Wilmington grills, and whether you prefer charcoal or gas, we have a gorgeous stainless steel grill for you. Also in stainless steel, the drop-in patio grill is an excellent choice for those who want the complete outdoor kitchen experience, as it has many accessory options and add-ons. If you are a serious griller, we can offer you the Wilmington Pig Cooker with a patented seven-sided cooking chamber design. The pig cooker can be customized with many different options, including adding another grill to it. The Cozy Flame believes you will be very happy with your Wilmington grill selection, no matter your choice.

If you are more interested in a firepit in your backyard, The Cozy Flame can also build these for you as well. We specialize in installing custom outdoor gas firepits, and you will enjoy being able to have a raging fire with the push of a button. And, you can control the temperature and flame with a remote control, allowing you to sit by your firepit all year long. Our design experts can show you many different design plans and are also happy to work with you if you have design ideas of your own. If you want the custom-made outdoor kitchen of your dreams, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our expert staff is happy to help you get started on this process now.

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