What's the best thing about gas outdoor grills? Lots. But I have to admit, for me, it's the instant flame.
Yet...there is something nice about that old fashioned charcoal grill. And yet...you have to plan ahead, have enough charcoal, have the lighter fluid on hand, and make sure the coals are hot at just the right time. I'll take gas outdoor grills.
Outdoor gas grills operate on either propane gas or natural gas. If using natural gas, a gas line must be run to the grill, and the unit becomes permanent. In contrast, when using propane gas, the grill can be re-located since the tank can be moved. Some homeowners may be happy with a stationery grill, while others like the flexibility of being able to move the bbq around on the patio or even to another location in the yard, like swimming pool area.
Outdoor Cooking Grills - Things To Consider
Types of Gas Outdoor BBQ Grills
There are grills many types of grills available, ranging from basic to extremely high end grills. Most come with a cabinet to house the propane tank.
The Basic Grill
These grills are usually small to medium sized. Note that even small grills of today can handle quite a bit of food. The hood and inside are normally cast aluminum. The grates are not as heavy as the more expensive grill units. Warranties are shorter. In addition, it is fairly simple, lacking many add-on features and accessories.
The Midprice Grill
Midprice gas outdoor grills offer premium grates, which are heavier and come with upgraded coatings. Often you will find an electronic starter, which is a nice feature to have. Just press a button and the grill lights up. The grill has more stainless steel construction, but is not made completely of this material. Rotisseries and side burners are often included.
The High End Grill
This is the grill to choose if your budget allows. Many are all stainless steel construction, which is the best. They are large, although can be mid-sized also, accommodating more burners and thus producing greater heat. Grates are heavy and either made of stainless steel or they can be cast iron, porcelain coated. There are lifetime warranties. There are numerous additional features that often are part of these units.
Recommended Features For Gas Outdoor Grills
There are often other wonderful options available as I discuss here:
Outdoor Kitchen Island.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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