Pellet Grill vs Propane Grill

Pellet girls and propane grills are said to be the best grills for any beginners to the grilling world because they are easy to control and they do not need much expertise to operate. Well, that is true but which one should you pick? The debate of the pellet grill vs propane has been going on for ages and we are just here to contribute a little bit more to the conversation. We hope that you learn a lot about both the grills from this article. Let's take a look. 

A Comparison

Back in the day, it used to be easier to buy a grill because one did not have so many options. The good quality and construction were the only thing that people looked at a brand but now there are so many features and factors that needs to be considered before you go and buy a grill. A good grill needs to be versatile. We are going to talk about the pellet and gas grill today. There are differences between the two that can affect your decision so you need to know what you are getting into before you make the choice. Lets take a closer look. 

Pellet Grill vs Gas Grill Overview

They both might have grills in their name but they work like a cooker. You might be surprised to hear this and it might seem absurd but it is true. We wanted to get this out of the way before we started to get to the overview of both the grills. You can get speed and convenience in the package. Pellet grills are kind of set it and forget it grills. They are like an outdoor oven. You can cook your food at a low and slow temperature and the pellet grill will do a very good job at that. The smoky flavor is imparted by the wood pellets that you are using. There are different kinds with different flavors. 

You must have heard of pellet smokers and pellet grills. Do not get confused because they are basically the same thing. We have seen many beginners getting confused by the name but remember that a pellet grill is essentially a pellet smoker made for low and slow cooking of delicious food. If we had to pick one then we would say that it is more suited to refer to this appliance as a pellet smoker because they are made to smoke rather than to grill. Pellet smokers or grills are very expensive. 

On the other hand, if you want to cook your food fast at a convenient manner then you might look at the gas grills. They are good at leaving grill marks on the food which can be difficult to get in a pellet grill. Some people like to throw parties where they cook the good food fresh and in front of every one. The gas grill can be used to cook food fast and readily serve it to the people. There are many kinds of propane grills in the market and you will find one that suits you. They come in different shapes, sizes and budgets so we are sure that you will get one that fits you if you do your research properly. 

All that being said, propane grills are not that good as smokers. I mean, you can smoke on them but they will not do that much of a great work on the smoking part because there is lack of good insulation in gas grills. It can be quite difficult to maintain a low temperature on the grill. These grills are meant for high or medium temperature. 

Pellet Grill Overview

We know that we said that these grills are like cookers but that is a general term. It would be more appropriate to say that these grills are like smokers or an outdoor oven. I think that suits them better given the function and use of the pellet grill. Pellet grills became more popular with the passing time and a lot of brands started to come up with their own models of the pellet grills. Some of the best ones in the market today is Rec Tec, Yoder, Traeger, and Z Grills. You can trust these brands if you are looking to buy a pellet grill. 

Pellet grills heat food in an indirect way with the help of a convection fan. This is what gives it the outlook of an oven because this is exactly what an oven does. You do need an electric outlet to start the working of the pellet grill and cause the fan to start moving. Pellet grills use two fuel sources. It needs the electricity to start working and it needs pellets to create the heat and smoke that will cook the food and infuse you with the smoky flavor. Wood pellets look like chicken feed and they are made with compressed sawdust. These pellets are placed into the hoppers. They are usually located at the back of the unit. 

The hopper is like a funnel and it moves the pellets to the auger where it turns to slowly feed the pellets to the firebox. The firebox is where you burn the pellets. The electricity heats up the rod in the firebox and this burns them to create the heat and smoke that is needed for the cooking process. The convection fan is going to blow this heat and smole throughout the grill. They distribute the heat evenly throughout the grill area.

Advantages of the Pellet Grills

Here are some advantages of the Pellet Grills. We are sure that there are many people who would like to take a look at this. 

  • It is very convenient to use this grill. You can fill the hopper and set the temperature of the grill and then you just need to sit back and relax. There is nothing else that you need to do.
  • The pellet grills use pellets which can be hard to find but once you have a stock it will last you a long time. The pellet grills are very fuel efficient. They do not use too much of the pellets. The connection fan helps to moderate the fuel use.
  • The pellet grills do not make much of a mess so there is no problem in cleaning the grill. The cooking surface needs to be cleaned along with the other parts from time to time but that is not much of a hassle.
  • It is very quick. You can start grilling after 15 minutes of starting the grill.
  • It is very versatile so you can smoke, roast, bake, barbecue and grill in one unit.

Disadvantages of Pellet Grills

Everything has two sides so we have some of the disadvantages of the pellet grills. Let's take a look at the problems that we have here in the pellet grills. You need to be aware before you go and buy one. 

  • The pellet grills needs to be plugged in at an outlet so that they can work. The grills do not work without electricity so you need a power source to work your pellet grills at all times. You can not take your grill on a camping trip either because it is heavy and you will need a electricity source.
  • The pellet grills are quite expensive so you need to have the money ready if you are going to invest in one.
  • Pellet grills run on pellets which can be hard to find in local stores. Only special places sell them and you need to stockpile them so that you don't have to go around looking for them. You can buy it from Amazon too.
  • Pellet grills do not produce a high temperature so that you can sear. The burners produce less heat and smoke and we are sure that you are going to enjoy the slow cooking but that also means that you can cook at high temperatures.

Propane Grill Overview

Gas grills are more suited to cook at high temperatures for a short period of time. It is like the appliance that helps you cook the food and eat it soon after. You can do slow cooking or indirect cooking on a gas grill with the help of some accessories like lids and whatnot. However, they are not as efficient at slow cooking as the pellet grill. So the very clear form of difference in both the grills is the cooking method. Propane grills are usually using the propane tank as the fuel source. The gas in the bottle is stored well. 

It travels up from the regulator to the hose. The gas can be lighted with the flick of the ignition system. You can control the temperature of the grill with the help of the valves. There are some gas grills that come with an infrared burner. The heat is distributed throughout the grill and you can cook well. The gas grills have a flame that will burn brightly but the food is not in direct contact with the flames.

Many users who do not want the hassle of dealing with charcoal go with propane grills. They are easy to use and they can be quite effective at cooking the food. Grilling enthusiasts have said that all the food cooked in the gas grill tastes the same but the final decision is up to you. There are some advantages and disadvantages of the gas grills so take a look at them. 

Advantages of the Propane Grill

Here are some advantages of the Propane Grills. We are sure that there are many people who would like to take a look at this. 

  • Gas grills are good at grilling. We know that this is an obvious advantage but we have to give credit where it is due. They are perfect for cooking the food at a high temperature.
  • There are a lot of gas grills in the market so you will definitely find one within your budget. There are grills that are not that expensive and have the basic features without the bells and whistles and there are gas grills that comes with all the additional features at a few extra dollars.
  • Propane is an efficient source of fuel which is readily available in the market. You do not have to hunt down a gas seller as is the case with the pellets.
  • It is easy to use. The gas grills are recommended to the beginners when they just start grilling. They are also very speedy so you can reach the desired temperature in a matter of minutes.
  • It is a clean burning fuel so their will be no residue left when you are done with the grilling like in the case of the charcoal grill.

Disadvantages of Propane Grills

Obviously, we have to take a look at the disadvantages of Gas Grills. Take a look at the points that we have here for you. 

  • The heat retention of the grills are not good because of the fact that has grills need good ventilation to work.
  • There is no flavor to gas so you will not get any added flavor to the good food like you do in the pellet grills.  
  • Temperature can not be a problem with the gas grill once you learn how to control it. The learning curve can be a bit of a problem. Once you have done it, you are going to be fine.
  • You need to be careful when you are working on a gas grill. There are accidents that happen in households because of gas so you need to be very careful. Do not use a gas grill under something. It should be out in the open.

Pellet Grills and Propane Grills Go Head to Head

Now that we know all about the pellet and propane grills, we need to take a look at the head to head comparison of the grill. We are sure that this will make things even more clear for you. 

Ease of Use

Both the propane and the pellet grills are easy to use. You do not want to have a grill that can take you ages to master. We know that some people like the learning process but there are more people that like to make easy use of the grill. Pellet and propane grills can be started with the turning of a knob. The starting of the grill is an important part of the process that can be tricky. They make this so much more easier than the other grills. Both the grills are also very easy to clean. No more hassle with the cleaning process. 

Temperature Control and Range

Pellet grills are great when it comes to low and slow cooking. They generally have a temperature range of 200 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Older models are very low in the range and they will struggle to get to even 450 degrees Fahrenheit. There are new models that can reach a temperature of 600 degrees Fahrenheit. They are making a few changes in the pellet grills but mostly they are good for a low cooking. 

Gas grills do not have any problem going to the 500 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. Good gas grills can reach a temperature of about 700 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas grills do not have good insulation so they might struggle to maintain a low temperature. The heat will keep going out of the grill. If they are a cheaper grill then the grill might struggle to hold a temperature of 250 degrees Fahrenheit. A better quality propane grill will do a better job at maintaining the temperature but they will still not be like the pellet grills. 

Fancy Features

When the price of the grills get higher you are going to get a lot of fancy features with the grills. They will be packed with new features and technology. Pellet grills and propane grills are both going to have these fancy features. Companies would like to attract people with the bells and whistles. We are not saying that it is not okay to go for bells and whistles but you need to prioritize the basic function over the bells and whistles. If the basic function of the grill is not good then the fancy features will do you no good. Make sure that you are not blindly by them.

Pellet grills are known to be high technology units so you can get a lot of advanced options in the grill. WiFi and Bluetooth capability, integrated meat probes and LCD screens are just some of the options that you have in a pellet grill. Gas grills do not come with such advances features yet but they can have a number of additional features like side burners and rotisseries. Internal lights and illuminating knobs can be seen in some models of the propane grill. That is the extent of the bells and whistles. 

Cooking Options

There are a lot of cooking options that you can get with the pellet and propane grills. The competition in the market is getting more expensive everyday so you need to look out for the brands. They are coming up with new features and ideas to impress the customers. Gas grills give you the option of accessories such as side burners, griddles, rotisseries, smoke boxes, and illuminated knobs. Pellet grills on the other hand can be used as a grill, an oven, and a smoker. 

Value

Gas grills are always going to be cheaper than the pellet grills. But that is the price. You need to look at the value of the item. Are you getting what you paid for? Consumers would want to buy a good that gives them equal or more value to the money that they paid. It can be difficult to judge the value of an item given the fact that the value of an item can differ from one person to another. So it is more like an individual thing. What might seem of proper value to you might not be the case with someone else. 

You do get limited cooking with the gas grill and you are going to get more of a flexible nature with the pellet grills. Pellets can be more expensive than the gas. You have to take care of all the factors and then decide the value of the grill. This is why we say that the research is more important than anything else. 

Flavor Of Food

The different types of wood pellets used in the pellet grills can offer a lot of good flavor to the good food. There are many option that you can choose from. Gas grills do not add any flavor to the food. They do not make the food taste bad but that also means that they do not add any flavor to the good food. You get that point. That's all that there is. If you are looking for more than just grilled food then you should go for the pellet grills. 

Conclusion

Thank you so much for giving this article here a read. We had a fun time writing this article so we also hope that you had a fun time reading it. There are many people who have joined the conversation and have voived their opinions on the pellet vs propane grill. It you would like to join in then there are many forums on the internet that you can take a look at. Some people will prefer the pellet grills while the others will go for the gas grills. It totally depends on your preferences and your style of cooking. Make sure that you have lots of fun grilling and smoking food. Do not forget to share the good food with your loved ones. Take care!