BBQs and grills are a must in the summer. Pool parties, dinners in your backyard, and lunch get-together with friends – they all have one thing in common – BBQs!
Gas Grills vs. Charcoal Grills
For a lot of people, buying a gas grill is the way to go. But charcoal grills are also quite popular. If you’re still not sure which one to get, here are a few important points to consider:
A gas grill is the easiest to use but it produces less of a smokey flavor compared to a charcoal grill. On the other hand, hardwood fires can be very difficult to deal with.
On the matter of taste, people usually cannot tell the difference between burgers cooked on gas grills and those cooked on charcoal grills. But with steak, they can. Charcoal-grilled steak has a distinct smoke flavor.
If you have a small covered area or patio, you’re better off with a gas grill. A charcoal grill is usually large and will produce fire, so you need to put it in an open space and away from any structure. Gas or electric grills, on the other hand, do not produce flare-ups and are perfectly fine in small spaces.
- Prep Work
How you plan to grill is an important consideration when choosing a type of grill. A gas unit is great if you want less preparation time. It heats up quicker and doesn’t require several steps.
Gas grills are, in general, more costly than a charcoal grill. If you have a tight budget, then a charcoal grill may be your only option. One other thing worth noting is that, although the initial costs of owning a charcoal grill may be lower, it will prove to be more expensive in the long run if you plan to use it frequently. That’s because you’ll have to purchase charcoal for every cookout. The costs will add up.
Buying a Gas Grill
Assuming that you’ve already made the decision to go with a gas grill, you need to be aware of the vital aspects that you need to take into consideration before you set out to buy a new grill.
To start with, make sure that the manufacturer of the BBQ grill is reputable and offers a good warranty. You don’t want to spend money on flimsy parts.
Choose a gas grill that has a good size of burner. Many manufacturers produce impressive looking casting but there’s a catch – the burner is very small. This can result in poor cooking performance due to uneven distribution of heat.
Make sure the flame-taming devices cover the whole burner. Damage to the grill is often caused by grease and salt from the food you cook. The flame tamer needs to fully cover your burner so it doesn’t burn out.
Examine the cooking grids and check the kinds of materials used to make them. They’re usually made of cast iron, stainless steel or porcelain-coated material. Don’t settle for less durable/robust materials.
Make sure to choose a grill with fully welded seams and commercial-grade hoods. You also need to consider the climate in your area. If you live near the water, go for copper because stainless materials can rust.
Temperature is another crucial factor in your decision-making. If you like to grill steaks, your gas grill should be able to reach 600 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably higher.
Finally, read customer reviews. You’ll know whether a particular product is good or not by reading reviews of those who have actually purchased and used it. Find out what they like about the grill, and what they don’t like. If there are more negatives than positives, it means the product may not be as good as its manufacturer claims.