Charcoal grills and wood burning grills are less expensive than gas, produce more smoke and therefore better flavor, and, with the exception of gas grills with small sear burners, charcoal and wood burn hotter, so they are better for searing steaks.
Here are some of the things to look for when considering a charcoal grill and links to related articles that will inform your decision to help you make a choice that will suit your cooking needs and budget. At the bottom of the page is a link that will take you to all the all the charcoal grills and wood burning grills currently in our database.
How to start a charcoal fire properly
One method is best, one method is worst, the others, meh. Click here to read my article on how to get your coal lit properly.
Accessories, toys, tools, gadgets
Once you have your new grill, you need heat resistant gloves, and other tools and toys that make you a better outdoor cook. Click here to read my recommended BBQ accessories and gadgets.
The most beautiful grills ever?
While wandering the side streets of Florence, Italy, in fall 2008, I stumbled across Giotti Ceramiche, a store selling beautiful ceramics, among them were several magnificent ceramic grills. These may be the most beautiful grills I’ve ever seen. They ship to the US.