Do you want to bring the heat when it comes to backyard grilling? Then you need the perfect grill. With so many different choices out there, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, get frustrated and then just settle. Here’s a simple guide with 7 things to consider when buying a grill.
- What’s your grilling style? Consider the following questions to determine how you want to dish up the barbecue:
- Fuel: Do you prefer charcoal, gas, electric or wood? The first element that will begin to narrow the field is to select the fuel source that suits your style.
- Placement: One of the first things to consider when buying your grill is to determine whether you want a built-in grill or a portable grill. By opting for portability, you can take the grill to where the party is. This makes it easy to migrate from the patio to poolside. If you relocate to a new home, you can take your grill with you. Often times there is not enough room to build an outdoor kitchen so having a freestanding grill is the best option. However, if you are an avid entertainer, accustomed to cooking for a crowd, and have enough room for construction, a built-in will be more suited for your needs. A built-in creates a chef-quality outdoor kitchen, an investment that can increase the value of your home. Hanging out at the outdoor kitchen becomes a focal point of the entire backyard.
- Heat Options: There are a couple of different cooking methods that you should know about. There is direct heat and indirect heat grills. Direct heat grills cooks the food directly above the flame usually separating the burner from the grate with some type of flame tamer plate. Indirect heat uses usually some type of briquette system that deflects or radiates heat.
- Side Dishes: If you want to have a full-kitchen experience, not just a single grill for steaks and ribs, look for grills with features like side griddles, side burners, infrared burners and the list goes on.
Today’s grills are more sophisticated than ever. Here are some amazing features that can enhance your outdoor cooking experience:
- Integrated refrigerated unit
- Infrared burners
- Cast coated grates
- Stainless steel grates
- Ceramic briquettes
- Cast stainless steel burners
- Deep fryer feature
- Storage cabinets and drawers
- Side burners
- Side shelves for keeping accessories and spices handy
- Heat shielding
- Rotisserie and broiler add-ons
- LED backlighting for cooking after dark
Before you buy, ask yourself, “Is it a reputable brand?” Consumer experts explain why brand reputation matters. Construction design, materials used and craftsmanship mean the difference between a sturdy grill that will stand the test of time or one that will perform poorly, break down and possibly be a risky fire hazard. Seamless construction of stainless steel with welded joints are signs of a well-made grill.
Does it really matter where a grill is manufactured? Actually, it does. The most common argument for buying American made products is, of course, the patriotic factor. It is only logical that by promoting a “Made in the USA” brand, job creation for your countrymen will occur. If price is a serious consideration, however, purchasing a grill from overseas may work out best for you.
A company that believes in its products will offer a warranty. Consider what type of warranty is attached to the grill you are interested in. It will say a lot about the quality and expectations a manufacturer has for the performance and lifespan of that grill.
Every industry has its own lingo and jargon. Here are a few tips to understand some of the details that seem to be mentioned in another language:
- BTUs: British Thermal Units (BTUs) are used to measure how much energy a grill can deliver within 60 minutes. More heat in a shorter period of time means serving up juicier steaks sooner.
- Grade: Stainless steel is graded. The lower the number, the better the quality. For example, 430 graded stainless steel is not as good as 304 stainless steel.
- Gas: Understand the difference between natural gas or propane. Natural gas is methane. Propane is bottled liquid propane gas (LPG). Natural gas is sourced by a direct, dedicated line and sourced from a local utility provider. LPG gas is sourced in portable, refillable tanks that are purchased as needed. There is little difference in how these gases perform. Choice is a matter of personal preference on how convenient a griller wants their fuel source to be.
Now that you have your list of grills that match your style, it’s time to look at the dollar factor. What is your budget?
These are 7 things to consider when buying a grill. The best way to ensure your satisfaction with the perfect grill is to give us a call at (844)305-0125 and consult with the outdoor kitchen professionals. They can advise you of the latest features and top manufacturers that have the right grilling equipment to match your personal grilling style.