Charcoal, typically in the form of briquettes, is the classic grill fuel that everyone knows. The concept is simple: light the coals and cook your food. But the execution tends to be more complicated than that. As experts can attest, everything from the placement of the charcoal to how you light it and how long you let it heat up can have a notable impact on your cooking experience. Charcoal is the fuel that rewards you for experience, patience, knowledge and attention.
Keep in mind that, when choosing a charcoal grill, you aren't limited to just one style. Charcoal grills can be open (in traditional BBQ style), closed off, built with deep heating chambers, constructed as smokers and more. It's very easy to find a charcoal grill that matches your unique cooking style.
When it comes to cost, charcoal is in the middle of the road: You can buy many different bags of briquettes at varying prices. However, if you grill frequently or want especially fancy briquettes and wood chips, prices quickly go up. Also, keep in mind the maintenance on your end: Charcoal grills must be regularly and thoroughly cleaned and emptied, which makes them more work-intensive than other grills.
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