WTOP Saves You Money: Grilling on a budget

Using propane instead of charcoal might save you money on your grilling this summer. (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON – Firing up your barbecue grill costs money, but there are ways to save on those cooking costs.

It all comes down to charcoal versus gas, according to a Daily Finance story.

The hardcore griller may find it hard to swallow, but when it comes to frugal grilling, charcoal is not the best option.

Charcoal burns hotter than gas, but when it’s at its hottest – about 2,000 degrees – it doesn’t really add any flavor. It’s all hot air, so to speak.

If you grill twice a week through the 13 weeks of summer, you could spend $91 for fuel with a charcoal grill compared to about $15 for propane, according to the Daily Finance story.

So keep the burgers and dogs coming, but use gas to save cash.

WTOP’s Alan Etter contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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