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A lot of debate goes on about which fuel to fire your grill with to get the best results. Some say that you get a better, smoky flavor with charcoal, while others say that gas is much easier to use and control. So why not get the best of both worlds and buy a gas charcoal combo. You can use both at the same time if you are entertaining a crowd or just choose one of them (being a 2-burner grill or maybe a 4-burner grill). If you want both grill and slow cook you can use one for grilling and the other for slow cooking (and even for gas smoking the meat).
In this article, we will tell you a little about gas charcoal combos and give you our top picks. In addition to grilling, you might want to smoke food as well so we will give you details of some small gas smokers that might make your outdoor kitchen complete.
This grill combo is sturdy and durable. It has black baked enamel lids with a stainless steel trim and baked enamel drip bowls on the underside. The cooking grids are made from cast iron and the control panel is painted steel with a stainless steel trim. You can expect this grill to last you for a good many years.
There is a total cooking space of 557 square inches, 262 square inches on the charcoal side, and 295 square inches on the gas side. Also, there is a side burner where you can cook sides and sauces. There is a chrome-plated warming rack on both grills. The total square inches of these are 188, with 89 square inches on the charcoal side and 99 square inches on the gas side. You can cook 36 burgers on both grills combined.
On the gas grill, there are 3 burners totaling 24,000 BTUs, with the side burner being 12.000 BTUs. They have electronic ignition and rubber control knobs (and it’s not a built-in gas grill). It is easy just to turn the gas grill on and cook almost immediately.
The charcoal grill has a height-adjustable tray so you will easily be able to cook whatever height you are. Also, on this side of the combo, there is a front access door so that you can refill with charcoal. There is a removable ashtray, so it is easy to clean this grill.
Additional benefits include 2 side shelves where you can put plates of food ready to be cooked, 2 temperature gauges, one on each grill, tool holders, and a bottle opener.
Jointly the 2 grills give 810 square inches of cooking space which will allow you to cook for a crowd. There are 600 square inches of cooking space and the warming racks cover 210 square inches. It is always handy to have a warming rack to stop your food from going cold while you are cooking the rest of the meal.
The gas grill has 3 burners totaling 27,000 BTUs and there is an automatic ignition system making it easy to light. The burners are made from durable stainless steel and there are porcelain-coated flame tamers. Both grills have durable porcelain cast-iron grates that are easy to clean, and they can withstand high temperatures. The charcoal grill has a removable ashtray while the gas grill has a removable drip cup.
The charcoal grill has a sliding front so that you can easily add more charcoal when needed. There are 2 upper air dampers that encourage airflow. This means that you won’t need to use so much charcoal as the fuel is burned more efficiently.
Other benefits include an adjustable charcoal pan. With this, you can keep your food the right distance from the flames. There is plenty of storage space for you to keep utensils, plates, and food waiting to be cooked.
If you are buying a gas charcoal combo grill, you probably won’t want to get too big a smoker unless you have lots of space in your yard. If you haven’t, get a bullet smoker which is upright and doesn’t take up much room. Charcoal is also a better option than gas because you might not want to have too many liquid propane tanks. You would need 4, one each for the grill and smoker and spares for both in case you run out mid-way through cooking (if not using a grill on natural gas).
This bullet smoker is 16” in diameter and you get 388 square inches of cooking space spread across 2 porcelain-coated cooking grates. The body is also porcelain-coated and is therefore strong and durable.
Airflow in the smoker is regulated by numbered damper settings. There is a secure fire access door so that it doesn’t let out the heat.
It is economical to use. About 5 pounds of charcoal will smoke your meats for around 7 hours at 240F.
Other benefits include lift handles so that it can easily be moved, steel tube legs which bring the smoker up to a suitable height for cooking, and a removable ash pan for easy clean-up.
If you are looking for a bigger smoker, but one that still won’t take up much room, you won’t go far wrong with the Dyna-Glo as it is vertical, but still has 784 square inches of total cooking space over 4 grates. The grates are height adjustable and some can be removed if you want to smoke something as big as a whole bird.
The smoker is made from steel and has a porcelain-enameled chamber. There are 2 doors, 1 leading to the cooking chamber and the other to the firebox. Because of this, you don’t have to let out any heat from the cooking chamber while you are refilling with charcoal and water. The water bowl is made from stainless steel and is large. The addition of water ensures that your food turns out juicy and tender.
The unit is easy to clean as it has a removable steel ash pan. Other benefits include a stainless steel temperature gauge so you can keep an eye on the temperature inside the chamber, and a Smoke Zone which tells you if you are at the ideal temperature for smoking.
There’s nothing wrong with you getting a gas smoker if you have the room to store the gas tanks. Besides, you still get a great flavor.
This gas smoker comes with 4 chrome-coated smoking racks. This is enough to cook for a crowd. It will smoke 16 pork butts, 8 racks of ribs, 4 turkeys, or as many as 20 chickens at the same time. Of course, you can smoke vegetables as well to give a well-rounded meal.
The burner is made from durable stainless steel and produces 15,400 BTUs. It has a push-button ignition that lights up easily. There are adjustable dampers so that you can control the amount of smoke whenever you want.
Another easy option is to get an electric smoker to complement your gas charcoal grill combo. All you need is an outside electric socket or a long cable.
This Masterbuilt electric smoker has a digital control panel. Not only can you switch it on and off, but you can select the cooking temperature and the time you want the smoke to go on for.
The unit is strong and durable as it is made of steel. It has 4 chrome-coated smoking racks and you can fit either 2 turkeys or 6 chickens in it. The body is fully insulated so you won’t lose heat easily. The smoker has a maximum temperature of 275F which is ideal for the job. You don’t need a higher temperature to smoke.
With an electric smoker, you need wood chips to get the smoky flavor. This smoker has a side wood chip loading system which enables you to add wood chips without opening the door to the cooking chamber. There is also a damper to control the smoke and airflow.
Best Gas Charcoal Smoker Grill Combos – Buyers Guide
A gas charcoal grill combo does give you the best of both worlds, but as with everything, there are both advantages and disadvantages. We shall take a look at a few of them here.
Advantages of a Gas Charcoal Grill Combo
Having 2 different fuels can work to your advantage. For example, you may run out of gas half-way through cooking and haven’t got a spare gas tank. If this happens you can transfer the food to the charcoal side. This works both ways as if you run out of charcoal you can transfer the food to the gas side. Of course, if you are already using both grills, it could be a little problem, but with a smoker as well, you should be able to cope with all scenarios.
Charcoal gives a great smoky flavor, but a charcoal grill takes a lot of tending to. If you want your food in a hurry after a long day at work, you can just fire up the gas grill and your food will be cooked quickly and with very little work.
Buying a gas charcoal grill combo can save you money. More often than not, buying a separate gas and a separate charcoal grill will cost more than buying a combo.
A gas charcoal grill is a great idea if you have limited space. 2 separate grills would take up a lot more room than a combo.
Disadvantages of a Gas Charcoal Grill Combo
Yes, a combo takes up less space than 2 grills, but if you think you will predominately use just 1 grill you might be better off choosing 1 single grill. If you add a smoker to the mix, that takes up space as well.
A gas charcoal grill will take more cleaning than a single grill. Yes, you might just use one side, but even then, food particles can move between the chambers.
The size of a combo can make it more difficult to move than a single grill.
Combos can cost more than a single grill and if you want quality, you will have to pay for it.
If you just want to cook on one side, you may have less cooking space than on a single unit.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about gas charcoal grill combos and smokers to go with them. Hopefully, you will have found products to suit you and your lifestyle. We stand by our decision to choose the Dual Fuel Combination Charcoal/Gas Grill by Blossomz. It has 557 square inches of cooking space over the 2 grills, with an additional 188 square inches of warming racks. Also, there is a side burner that gives you the opportunity to cook sauces or vegetarian dishes. You will be able to cook for a crowd with this combo. The Char-Broil Bullet Charcoal Smoker is a good addition to the grill because it doesn’t take up much space as it’s vertical. It is strong and durable as it has a porcelain-coated body and grates. We hope that you have a great summer both grilling and smoking with these versatile units.