So are you looking for a new gas grill? Whether you are a grill enthusiast and already know what you are looking for or this is your first grill, we have gathered a lot of information for helping you make an informed decision.
When purchasing grills the rule that says “You get what you pay for!” is true. Looking online or at your local department or hardware store you may find gas grills in the low price range of $150 to $300. However you should know that depending on the construction quality, features, brand and more, gas grills can even run over $10,000. So you should decide approximately what your price range is. There are hundreds of grills on the market each year, so you should also know a little about the usual features provided. We have gathered a lot of information in our Grill Equipment Reviews section which can really help you in deciding exactly what it is you are looking for in your grill. We are continuously adding new grills and trying to be as objective as possible in our reviews.
Gas grills come as liquid propane fueled units or gas fueled units. Most of the grills from the reliable brands come with either configuration, but once chosen you can not change your fuel source. Some models may permit mounting of conversion kits, but on some the manufacturer clearly specifies such kits are not provided for security reasons. We advise that you consider your options before purchasing. Lately natural gas fueled units are becoming more popular as they have the advantage of not running out of fuel. In the long run, natural gas will cost you less and will save you trips to the gas station each time the gas tank depletes. However, if your location does not permit connecting to a natural gas line, you’ll have to go with an LP fueled grill.
The material the grill is made of is very important. The main body of the grill is usually made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron or stainless steel. Stainless steel is the preferred material of professional cooking equipment and the most expensive, but not all stainless steel is created equally. One thing to watch for is not just the body, but also the frame. There are many “stainless steel” grills that have painted steel frames that can rust. Stainless steel is very resistant to rust and heavy conditions so your grill should last for a long time. You can and should also buy a cover for your grill. You can find covers created especially for your grill model. Covers are great for protecting your grill when it is not in use from heavy weather condition, prolonging its life. A well taken care of grill can last a long time.
Depending on the kinds of things you want to cook on your grill and for how many people you are usually cooking for, you will have to choose the right cooking space of your grill.
However, cooking space on gas grills is limited by the overall size of the grill. So if you are planning to install your gas grill on a small limited patio, the cooking space on smaller, compact-size grill is somewhat limited. That doesn’t mean cooking performance of smaller grills is diminished, but you will not be able to cook a lot in the same time.
The amount of heat a grill can generate is an important factor. However, cooking performance does not only depend on the number of BTUs a grill can generate. Other important factors are the material of which the cooking box is made of and the cooking grates material. You should also consider, that larger gas grills need more power for heating up, while smaller gas grills can have a good cooking performance with a lower BTU number. Also, lots of power means larger fuel consumption.
It is true that adding features to your grill, ads up to the total price. If you are new to grilling, you might think that basic functions are enough, but as you become more experienced the need for extra features may come.
Here are some extra features usually found on gas grills:
- Temperature gauge – situated on the lid, it indicates how hot your oven is. It is an useful feature found on most of the grills. However, for perfect cooking, a special thermometer is needed.
- Side burner – an extra burner on the side of grill used for cooking more at once. It can accommodate saute pans as well as sauce pans and may come in handy for creating side dishes or sauces, while allowing you to conveniently complete cooking process at one time in one place.
- Rotisserie burner – an extra burner to be used with the rotisserie kit. Some of the grills come equipped with both, while some provide the rotisserie kit as optional. If the grill comes equipped with the burner, you can buy the extra kit at a later time.
- Lights – more expensive grills feature lights which make grilling at night significantly easier. However, if your grill doesn’t come with mounted lights you can find them as accessories.
- Smoker box – special compartment near the cooking surface for adding chips of wood for extra flavors.
- Grease pan – situated under the cooking space, it collects grease which is not vaporized. Once collected the pans are easily disposed and replaced.
- Tool hooks – usually situated on the side tables are useful for keeping your grill tools close.
As choosing a good grill may seem complicated, an easy choice would be to simply go for a brand name. There are reliable brands on the market which have been making grills for a long time and take pride in their products. Brand names have replacement parts, warranty and customer support.
As a final thought, a good quality gas grill is a joy to use, but doesn’t make you a great cook. Practice and experience make great grilled foods.