As soon as the snow melts and the warm summer months are amongst us, grilling starts taking priority when it comes to cooking. A barbecue can be enjoyed by a single individual, the whole family, or as a party with friends and family, but without the perfect grill, none of this is possible. With a few easy tips, you can be on your way to purchasing the best grill that suits your needs.
Decide On The Fuel You Wish To UseWhen it comes to buying a grill, one of the first things that you will come across is there are many different types. There are so many different types of grills available you actually can not even begin to count them on your fingers and toes combined. There are grills that use wood chips, grills that use gas, grills that use charcoal and grills that use electricity. Each kind of fuel has its own benefits, so it is up to the consumer to decide which would be best.
Grills that use wood chips as fuel to cook food are one of the most complex grills on the market. These types of grills have digital thermostat temperature control and can be used for a wide array of different types of cooking. Wood chips are amazing for smoking; however, wood chips leave a smokey flavor in every piece of food that is cooked on them. These types of grills are also not great when it comes to seared steaks because the temperature simply does not get hot enough.
Grills that use gas to cook food are one of the more simple types of grills. It takes little effort for getting the grill to temperature, and it takes even less effort for clean up once the food is cooked. Gas grills need a specialized sear burner to be able to cook steaks to a proper temperature though.
Charcoal fueled grills take the longest to prepare for cooking with due to the length of time it takes to heat up, but they can get very hot and leave a favorable taste in the food.
Electric grills are a grill for beginners. These types of grills do not give food a barbecued taste, and can not properly cook a steak to temperature. If the steak gets brown on the outside, all to often the inside of the steak is overcooked.
Decide On The Size You Need
When it comes to barbecuing, size does matter. The size of a grill is also directly correlated to the price of the grill. When deciding on what size grill you wish to invest in you should look to see the size of the total cooking area. The total cooking area of a grill includes the warming rack, so you should take that into consideration because you will not actually be readily preparing steaks up there every time you grill. You should focus on the main grate of the grill and decide how large of a surface you need. Grills should never be overcrowded due to the fact the foods will not cook evenly throughout as if they would with open space.
Decide On Your Price RangeOnce you have decided what type of grill you are interested in and decided what size you will be buying, you need to decide on your price range. Very reliable charcoal grills can be purchased for around $200, and very reliable gas grills can be purchased for around $400. Gas grills can easily go up to between $800-$1,000, but a mid-range grill will function for you if you do not wish to invest that much.
Look Into Insurance OptionsGrills greatly vary in prices. Prices of electric grills can be as low as $20 while prices of gas grills can require a payment plan and insurance. If you are investing in a top of the line grill that will last you many seasons of barbecuing, you should look into appliance insurance for your purchase. Very expensive grills should have the option of insurance to protect your purchase and ensure that you will have many years worth of use with the product.
Buying a grill to barbecue on can seem like a daunting task, but when you do research before you go to make your purchase, you can readily find the best grill to suit your needs.
David Glenn is a home improvement expert. He occasionally freelance writes about real estate tips, home maintenance and DIY home repair.