Willie Kool wrote:
Heresy! But then, I wouldn't really expect any different from someone in NYC - they'll probably ban charcoal next.
It already is banned. You aren't even allowed to carry a propane tank through a residential space, so getting your fuel to a backyard grill can be tricksy. Basically, nearly all outdoor grilling is against the law in NYC. But it's one of those things that never really gets punished, and people flout the restrictions constantly.
On the issue at hand, if I'm using the heat source to heat up a vessel - like a pot or a pan - then gas is perfectly fine. (It's a little wasteful, as a huge portion of the heat energy created by the burner is simply released into the air around the burner rather than directed towards the vessel; you end up heating the kitchen almost as much as you heat your pot or pan.) But if I'm using the flame directly on the product being cooked, then to me it is indeed somewhat heretical to use gas. About the only time I use a direct gas flame is when I use my propane torch to sear a steak prior to a low and slow cook, or to roast off chiles or peppers.