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Sep 02

The Propane-Fueled Endless Summer -- Unless You Prefer Charcoal Flavor

The Propane-Fueled Endless Summer ‪#‎charcoalgrilling‬ ‪#‎fiair‬ #charcoalvsgas #bbqblower #outdoorcooking #firestarter #weberchimney #tailgating #charcoalgrillblower

Lucky Peach Lamb Burgers Credit Grant Cornett for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop Stylist: Rebecca Bartoshesky.

There is something wistful about a Labor Day cookout — something ever-so-slightly melancholy about putting those burgers and brats on the grill one last time before summer’s end. For many, the holiday marks the start of what Spy magazine once called ‘‘anxiety season’’ — time to ‘‘overstuff the briefcase, to yearn for a new apartment, fret about the raise, lose patience, work harder, fidget, stew, anguish, roil.’’ In anxiety season, we think there is no longer room for warm-weather pleasures like cooking outside.

Which is ridiculous. Get a gas grill going, and you can run it 12 months a year. Obsessive food maniacs sneer, of course, at propane grills, with their clean flames and lack of smoke, their ease of use. Grilling, they say, means cooking over charcoal or wood, means tending to fires as a hen tends to her chicks. It does not mean clicking the ignition on a propane knob and heating through some meat on the grate 10 minutes later.

WHOA - gotta stop right here for a moment!

As one who switched from Charcoal to Propane when our kids were little, I know what it is to miss charcoal flavor for 35 years. It wasn't until I got our first FiAir prototype that I knew a return to charcoal was in my future. I gave away our gas grill and bought a new Weber One-Touch Gold 27 and never looked back.
The writer here says "Grilling, they say, means cooking over charcoal or wood, means tending to fires as a hen tends to her chicks. It does not mean clicking the ignition on a propane knob and heating through some meat on the grate 10 minutes later." 
I have often said that nobody can switch on an instant gas flame and expect to cook immediately. It takes time to warm up the box and the grill grate — like pre-heating your oven. The writer thinks 10 minutes to cooking temp with gas is something of a miracle compared to charcoal. But our innovative FiAir blower will have you up to cooking temp with charcoal in 8-12 minutes. So where's the big speed advantage over charcoal? We already know the Flavor Advantage goes to charcoal. 
So read the article and the recipes. Then duplicate them with charcoal and don't worry about when your propane tank is likely to run out of gas. You always know when your charcoal is running low; just look at the bag. 
Check out our Patented FiAir blower and see why the Charcoal v Gas debate could easily move back in favor of Charcoal for Flavor and Speed.


Obsessive food maniacs sneer, of course, at propane grills, with their clean flames and lack of smoke, their ease of use. Grilling, they say, means cooking over charcoal or wood, means tending to fires as a hen tends to her chicks. It does not mean ...
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