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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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We now carry MHP Grills!


MHP Grills
 are high qualityWe now carry MHP Grills Image - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame cooking appliances that have
been leading the industry for more than 50 years.
Because of this, we are proud to now carry these gas grills in our stores and offer them to our customers!

About MHP Grills

MHP Grills are the leader in gas cooking appliances – because they literally invented them! Modern Home Products was founded in the 1950s by former Marine Walter Koziol. The original round gas grills transformed the way American families cooked outdoors, and many of the elements of these original grills are still used today.

The MHP Grills difference

In a market that seems oversaturated with different brands of outdoor cooking appliances, are a number of ways that MHP Grills stand apart from their competition. The following are just a few of the things that set MHP Grills apart from a standard backyard barbecue.

  • Weather resistant exterior: MHP Grills have painted cast aluminum exteriors, making them virtually weather resistant. This means that you don’t have to worry about your grill constantly being covered; it is also ideal for families who live near the water, as salt water can be extremely corrosive to traditional grills. In our experience, MHP Grills are one of the only brands that can stand up to waterside living!
  • Lifetime guarantee: MHP Grills are built to last and have a limited lifetime warranty on many of the parts and components against rust through. The Top Casting, Bottom Casting, Control Panel, Stainless Steel Fasteners, and In-Ground & Patio Base Post all have a lifetime warranty, while other parts have 1, 5, or 10 year warranties.
  • Second cooking surface: While most grills have a warming rack, the MHP Grill has a second elevated cooking surface. This is ideal for foods that need to be cooked at a lower temperature and adds flexibility to the grilling experience.

Benefits of gas grilling

Starting a debate between charcoal and gas grilling is a guaranteed way to start an argument at many backyard barbecues. No matter which matter of grilling you prefer, below are a few of the benefits of grilling with gas.

  • Push button lighting: Because the charcoal does not need to be lit, ignite, and heat up you can get your food on the grill – and onto the dinner table – faster.
  • Consistent and constant heat with temperature controls: Temperature can be easily controlled, providing more consistent heat when cooking beef, pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables.
  • Long lasting propane tanks: Most propane tanks can last as long as 20 hours without needing to be refilled. For many families this can be six months or more of grilling without needing to purchase new fuel.

MHP Grills have been in industry leader in gas grills since their founding in the 1950s. We know our customers will love these long lasting, durable grills that can help you consistently cook delicious meals. For more information on MHP Grills or to see one for yourself, visit the showroom at The Cozy Flame today!

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