Gas Grilling vs. Charcoal Grilling

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As a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia, Todd Belok strives to maintain a safe, therapeutic environment for patients. Outside of his job, Todd Belok loves to cook and is particularly skilled on the grill.

One of the most heated debates among grilling enthusiasts is whether to use a gas grill or a charcoal grill. The answer is not a simple one and depends on what you want in a grill.

As for price, there is no clear winner. Both gas and charcoal have standard options in the $125-$300 range. While you can buy a cheap charcoal grill for about $30, the quality may be disappointing. One caveat is that charcoal is typically cheaper than propane gas.

As taste goes, charcoal is the clear winner. A charcoal grill gives the meat a smoked flavor that cannot be reproduced on a gas grill.

As to convenience, the gas grill pulls ahead. Starting a gas grill is as simple as pressing a button, while a charcoal grill requires you to arrange and light the charcoal and wait up to 20 minutes for the coals to be ready.


Alpha Phi Omega Seeks to Empower Volunteers


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Alpha Phi Omega

A former emergency medical technician (EMT) with American Medical Response and the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital’s Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alongside his career in health care, Todd Belok has given back to the community through the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.

First envisioned after World War I by Frank Reed Horton, H. Roe Bartle, and Herbert G. Horton at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, Alpha Phi Omega came into existence to promote service across university campuses. Today, the fraternity continues to assist students in connecting with the community and one another through leadership, friendship, and service.

In 2017, Alpha Phi Omega hosted its national volunteer conference in Dallas, Texas. The conference takes place every year, in addition to the fraternity’s regular convention, as a way to promote giving back to local communities.

The fraternity also offers alumni an opportunity to gain further education through its Volunteer University. With eight different tracks, or colleges, the Volunteer University provides volunteer training and support for its members.

For more information about these volunteer support opportunities or to learn more about Alpha Phi Omega, visit