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Grills Buying Guide
Choosing from Many BBQ Grills
is quite possibly the ultimate entertaining experience. As soon as the
cooperates, families, couples and bachelors around the world invite
for a BBQ. Then the grills come out.
you’re a seasoned chef or a novice, choosing a new grill can sometimes
be a bit
of a challenge. A gas or electric grill?
Propane or natural gas? Is a wood or charcoal
grill right for you? Should you get a small
portable one or a huge
stainless steel grill? A Weber grill
or a Napoleon grill?
shopping for something new, you’ll be tempted to just set your price
narrow down the choices. When it comes to a charcoal, wood, gas, or
electric grill, though, that might not
be the best approach. After all, there are many other factors to
consider in BBQ grills. Most importantly, you
really do get what you pay for – whatever type of grill you buy. Instead,
offer some useful tips for choosing the grill that’s best for you.
and Portable Grills
The size of
your outdoor space will help you determine what kind and how big the
If you live in a large metropolitan city, chances are your portable grill will go in a
balcony or small patio. Quite possibly,
you live in an apartment building or a city that has certain fire codes
allow a wood or charcoal grill. If
that is the case, your best bet might be a natural gas or electric grill
that won’t take up too much space and can be easily
and Family Grills
cooking for just yourself or do you like to host large get-togethers
extended family or the entire office? Figuring out how much total
you need is crucial in choosing the right grill. If burgers and hot
dogs for a
couple of people are on the menu, then you can get away with a
grill. Otherwise, you will need something bigger – up to 5 burners or
square inches. You may want to go for a Weber
grill or a Napoleon grill to
last through the years if you’re starting to look at larger options.
cooks have all the time in the world, there are others who want a quick
easy grilling experience. Are you retired or a foodie? Or do you have
children that want food fast? A gas or electric
grill can get hot almost immediately and are quite easy to clean post
A charcoal grill, while it imparts
more flavor, needs to be left to heat up over a period of time after
And they also require a long cool down period before you can clean them
Know about BBQ Grills
finish carefully and ask yourself how important easy cleaning
is for your lifestyle.
While they cost more, stainless steel BBQ
grills weather better than painted grills. Also think about
cart models. If you’re making a serious investment, will you want to
grill with you when you move or do you plan to stay in your home a long
comes to cleaning, some BBQ grills
require time scrubbing to keep clean. Choose a grill that has easy
the ash pan (charcoal grill) or drip
tray (gas grill) for a less messy clean up routine.
Lids and fuel
choices affect cooking time. If you go
with a charcoal grill, remember it takes time to heat the coals, but
food can cook faster if you choose a model with a vented lid. Look for
a charcoal grill with an igniter and you
can skip matches and lighter fluid.
prep space and side burners are important, look for a gas or electric
grill with a shelf and/or a
side burner. You’ll have room for everyone’s custom-prepped buns and a
grill veggies or sauté mushrooms and onions, all without stepping away
your main dish.