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Know The Grill Features You Need, Before You Buy One

By on August 12, 2020 in BBQing with 0 Comments

The backyard or patio area is the ideal place for a backyard bar and grill.  It is super important that you get the right grill for your needs.  When you start looking into which grill is right, grill features can seem like a strange language.

You will never pick the right grill if you don’t understand what it is your reading.  You need to read and understand all the features of the grill before you buy one.  That’s why they call it research.

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Grill features you need to understand

The BTU’s

BTU is the measure of the amount of cooking power the barbeque grill has.

You need to try some simple math to determine the amount of heat that your grill produces.

Take the amount of space available for cooking (typically measured by square inch) and divide it by the total amount of BTU’s.

What you are ideally looking for is least 95 to 100 BTU’s per square inch of cooking space.

As an example, if you have a grill with 50,000 BTU’s and 450 square inches of cooking space, then you will be receiving about 111 BTU’s of cooking power per square inch. Anything less, and you might want to consider a different grill.

The cooking surfaces

The next thing you will want to consider is the cooking surfaces. How much space does it have? Will you be able to cook for just yourself, or you entire family? Depending on your situation, you may want to consider a larger or smaller grill.

Grills come in a wide array of surface types. These different cooking surfaces can include a BBQ surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill.

Some grills even offer these types of surfaces as none stick.  That will allow you to cook a whole array of foods that you would not be able to cook on a grill otherwise.

Some gas grills even contain a Wok type surface for cooking pasta and rice dishes or a full rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.

Weigh your options, and remember that some grills even come with the ability to interchange the surfaces.

This way, if you decide that you want to start cooking Rotisserie chicken, all you will have to do is buy the accessory kit for it.

What are the fuel types?

Perhaps one of the most important things you should consider is the fuel type for the grill.

Charcoal grills

Charcoal grills utilize charcoal and lighter fluid to heat up and cook your food. These charcoal grills come in all shapes and sizes and vary in cost.

Charcoal requires you to buy charcoal and lighter fluid each time you cook with it. It needs to be cleaned out each time. Charcoal grills come in small sizes, which are ideal for apartment dwellers or people with small homes.

Once you have used your charcoal grill, you can clean it, and store it away.

Propane grills

Propane grills are also useful for someone in small areas since they can come in smaller sizes.  These types of grills use propane gas to cook your food. If you want to quickly cook foods while still maintaining a grilled flavour, you may want to consider Propane grills.

Natural gas grills

A natural gas grill is a little more complicated then smaller grills, so they require more room. Natural gas grills are meant to hook up directly to your home’s natural gas line and can cook meat in record time.

Smoker grills

If you want more flavour in your meats, then smoker grills are the right choice.  Smoker grills use wood to slow cook your meat. Flavour can be controlled by using different types of woods.

That’s just some of the basics grill features if you are still unsure talk to a professional.

There are plenty of stores designed specifically for barbeque grills and barbeque grill accessories.

You can always try larger department stores and hardware shops. They usually have someone that can help you with any questions you might have.

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About the Author: Michael Wuze is a regular content contributor to Living Out The Back, which was started as a way to share the best of what life has to offer outside your home. The backyard is the one area so many people don't enjoy that we want to help you with. Everyone should enjoy their backyard. .

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