Pellet Grill vs Gas Grill – Which is better?

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Pellet Grill vs Gas Grill Overview

Pellet grill is a newly developed grill that burns wood pellets made of compressed sawdust, stored in a hopper. These are ignited by an electrically controlled heating element, and the resulting convection helps distribute heat evenly in the cooking chamber, cooking your food evenly and maintaining a steady temperature. More than anything, the control over temperature is what helps differentiate pellet grills from other gas or charcoal grills.

A pellet grill is designed with a primary cooking chamber that holds the pellets and a smaller side-grill that builds additional volume to capture food and smoke within the cooking chamber. A hopper is attached to a heavy-duty fan that blows air into the pellet grill to facilitate primary cooking. The fan also helps distribute smoke uniformly throughout the cooking chamber as it passes over the pellets. The heat generated by pellets combustion is quickly and even throughout the cooking chamber, thus reducing temperature spikes and extending the smoke time. The pellets are stored in a removable hopper below the grill, allowing you the flexibility to use as many or as little pellets as you need to create the desired heat and smoke flavor.

The primary benefit of a pellet grill has to be its ability to offer you control. You can control the temperature, temp and burn time of your pellets. Again, more important than anything is the cooking temperature you set, maintaining the heat at desired temperature.

Pellet Grill Overview

If you’re an avid grill master, you know that it can be a daunting task to decide between gas or charcoal grilling.

They both have their own pros and cons but most often reviewers will recommend the two as equal. However, I’m going to tell you how a pellet grill is simply a better buy.

Most pellet grills are able to reach temperatures up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit, however the temperature can be controlled just like you would an oven. This makes it easy to have different kinds of meat on one plate and cook them all to your liking.

They also tend to be more portable and also less expensive than most other gas grill options.

Gas Grill Overview

Gas grills, as the name suggests, use a gas flame to burn the food that you place on the grate.

They are a convenient option that don’t require nearly the effort of charcoal grills. They also have a considerable heating advantage.

Most gas grills have a single burner, with some being a dual burner.

The burners can be adjusted to a variety of temperatures, allowing for the possibility of a variety of different cooking styles.

Starting out with the heat on low, you can slowly build up the temperature and adjust it when the food is ready to be grilled.

Gas grills tend to have wide grates that are also easy to clean. It’s a little tricky reaching the back of the grill, but definitely doable.

Gas grills come with their own drawbacks, though. The biggest of them all is that the food loses flavor while cooking because the heat is not dispersed evenly.

Additionally, the grills are not as forgiving when it comes to cooking time due to their instant heat. It can be hard to maintain a constant temperature, which makes it very difficult to cook meats that need to be cooked at a lower temperature.

Pellet Grills and Gas Grills Go Head to Head

Pellet and gas grills are both popular today. Which is better? Both grill the food but in different ways. Let’s take a look.

A pellet grill cooks with gas that is heated up and pressed into small little pellets. This gas burns very hot and cooks the meat and other food directly. This is a very quick process and is also a lot faster than a gas grill.

A gas grill cooks by heating the gas and pushing it through small tubes in the grill. This gas then cooks the food indirectly and the tube keeps the coals of the grill from getting scorched and dirty.

Now let’s take a look at the grill surfaces. A gas grill has bars that cross apart and often catch fat and other food residue. This is not good to see but worse to have to clean. To clean this mess, you need to use wire brushes. And the grills of a gas grill lose their luster quickly.

A pellet grill tends to have a flat surface. This is where the pellets are placed. Plus the surface tends to be more durable over ceramic briquets than what you get with the gas grills.

Ease of Use

The ease of use of a pellet grill over a gas grill is unparalleled.

The only step that you need to do is to set the desired temperature and forget about it, and that too, for hours.

Pellet grills also give you an added advantage of in-built thermometers to monitor the temperature changes inside the grill. This makes it easy to control the temperature inside the grill and also make it a breeze to even cook with little use of charcoal.

A pellet grill also makes sure that your meat is evenly cooked throughout.

And being a smoker, you can rest assured that your meat has been treated to an even distribution of smoke.

Another huge advantage is that you don’t need to change your fuel after every use. A few smoke sessions will last you for months. And the best part is that you don’t leave all that lava-like essence and any other impurities behind that can contaminate the taste of your meat.

Now that I understand the ease of use, I can purely just sit back and relax and not have to worry at all about little maintenance and safety issues as I do with the gas type of grill.

The plus point for this is that you don’t have to worry about any leaks or any gas leaks as well.

Temperature Control and Range

One of the main differences in a pellet grill and gas grill is that the latter has an inherent temperature control and a clear range of heat.

You have a clear indication of how hot the grill will run as it hits the high 300s Fahrenheit on a hot summer day.

So, just set the temperature control to the setting that matches your food requirements.

You also have an easy set-up as you know your grill will run on a clear and definite heat range. Preheat the grill to those temperature settings to achieve that range of heat.

Fancy Features

When you look at pellet grills you’ll notice that the majority come with standard features such as multiple burners, built in temperature gages, thermometers, and sometimes even Bluetooth. “Oh wow” I thought at first. “I can control my pellet grill from my phone?”

It is true that you can control the temperature from your phone and let the grilling happen while you are away from home. But you can’t cook meat on it.

Pellet grills are designed for smoking. I was cooking on a pellet grill on two occasions. Whenever I set the temperature to medium, I got medium to well-done meat.

I also tried to put my hands in front of the burner to see if it was hot enough, and after one minute, my hands were burning. The heat is dispersed in a more than even manner, but it’s still not hot enough to sear a steak to perfection.

So should you get a pellet grill or a gas grill?

If you want electronic temperature control and you want to grill a lot, get a gas grill. It’s much more advanced in that sense. You can grill anything on it and the temperature is adjustable.

Are Pellet Grills Healthier?

While electricity has recently become a more common source of cooking power than gas, you cannot really compare the two and determine which is healthier. Cooking wood pellets has become a very popular alternative to propane and natural gas, simply because it does not emit carbon monoxide like other cooking fuels.

The only reason for choosing it over gas is that it offers a more eco-friendly way of cooking your favorite meals. Also, the wood pellets used in pellet grills are easy to use and obtain.

Wood pellets are made of small wood pieces and other vegetable materials. This is why you can consider them healthy, biodegradable and recyclable.

Pellet grills are also convenient as they allow you to control the temperature and cook with a lesser amount of fuel compared to cooking on a gas grill.

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There is a new barbecue grill on the market that lets you adjust the temperature of the grill according to your recipe. The exact temperature you need for your recipe will give you the perfect barbecued entree and a grill that will not alter the flavor.

Making barbecue for your family – and friends at barbecues and social gatherings can be very time consuming. It can be a lot of work, not to mention expensive.

But with the right kind of barbecue grill, you can save yourself time and energy and still give your family and friends the best barbecue their taste buds crave.

The issue with charcoal grills is the heat does not come as evenly as you would like. This means you have to watch your food carefully to make sure everything is done well.

With the introduction of the pellet grill, you are able to achieve the same quality of barbecue as with a gas grill without having to watch the heat all the time.

Because pellet grills are capable of producing the same steady heat as gas grills, you can achieve the barbecue results you are looking for without having to be anxious about the heat in your grill.

This feature comes in handy when you are preparing a meal on the grill for a large number of people.