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There are hundreds of grills out there, and reducing your options can be daunting. Setting the right fuel for your fire is a good place to start.
What kind of grill is right for you? The answer depends on whichand level of comfort you expect from your grill. There are advantages and disadvantages for each type, so knowing the key features will make you well on your way to a match made in the .
Gas grills are one of the most common types of fuel. Built-in carriage type, gas grills use either a solid-liquid propane container or natural gas via a conversion unit that connects the grill to your home natural gas supply line.
The debate about natural gas or liquid propane is burning hot. Natural gas burns cleaner in terms of greenhouse gases, it is cheaper to use and you do not have to interfere with replenishment of propane tanks. But you will not be able to move your grill around because it is connected to a gas pipe. Liquid propane is the more popular fuel choice, and it is portable. It is also pricier and needs refilling. The good news is that many gas grills hold both, so you don't have to choose directly.
With a gas grill you have good control of the heat and how it is distributed over your cooking surface. Gas grills like Char-Broil Performance 475 are good for adjusting between high heat for searing and lower heat for steady cooking. But if you are looking to cook meat like whole chickens or ribs of ribs for hours at a time, you get better results with charcoal grill, pellet grill or smoker.
Charcoal grills offer the traditional smoke that most people think of when thinking of grilled taste. They come in lots of shapes and sizes, including the original Web boiler that introduced the charcoal grill design so widely recognized today. But charcoal grills have their properties, so you have to be prepared to put on some work if you go this way.
Charcoal grills burn with charcoal flasks or charcoal flasks. That's where the smoky taste comes from. You have to spend a little more time illuminating the briquettes and preheating the grill than you would with a gas grill. You also need to clean the grill and dispose of ash after you are grilled.
Charcoal grills may not be as accurate or adaptable as a gas grill when it comes to cooking, but they have a distinct flavor and are the most affordable option. You can find small portable charcoal grills for as little as $ 50.
Pellet grills, such as the Traeger Timberline 850, burn wood pellets and have a built-in computer to heat up to the desired temperature and add smoky, wood-fired flavor to your food. Pellet grills provide good meat, especially when it is slowly cooked, but the pellets can be expensive and more difficult to find than propane or carbon. Be ready to call or order online.
Pellet grills use a container on the side to hold food quality wood pellets. Once you have lit the grill with a switch and set the temperature, these pellets are moved into a burner pot with a rotating screw connected to the trate. Pellet grills come in barrels or cart styles and prices range from around $ 350 to $ 1,300.
Once you have decided which fuel type suits you, think about the size of the grill you need. Most small to medium sized coal grills and two burner gas grills will do well if you cook for four people or less sometimes. Weber Spirit E-210 is a good example of a two burner grill with plenty of space. Grills are often measured in square inches. Grills in the range of 400-500 square inches are large enough for most people.
If you are in the middle of the neighborhood's neighborhood or have a large household, consider a larger model with four, five or even more burners. If you are dead on having a gas grill, but also want to cook meat like whole chickens or rack with ribs withyou want at least one three burner model.
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Your grill should not only cook, it should look good and there are some seriously stylish models out there. You may not have an attitude when it comes to how your grill looks, and that's fine. But if you are looking for a stylish stove to crown your yard, the manufacturers give you plenty of options.
Traditional black and stainless grills are easily accessible, but Weber and KitchenAid both offer colorful enamel models. Apart from color, consider if you want your grill to have cabinet doors. These doors hide propane tanks and keep them from sitting on the ground next to your grill.
At the most basic level, a grill should only cook well. In addition to taking the right steps tothere are a handful of extra features you can look for that will enhance your experience. For example, a side burner is a great place to heat sauces or sides without throwing between the kitchen hob and patio.
If you think you can move your grill around during the season, make sure the grill comes with wheels on all four legs and an option to lock them.
You can even pick up your grill with smarts. With the Weber iGrill system you can monitor your food's internal temperature via the Weber iGrill app, probe assembly and iGrill-compatible Weber grill.
Traegers app allows you to remotely control the grill temperature, set timers and display recipes with a keypad. The Char-Broils SmartChef 420 grill is Wi-Fi enabled and mates with an app to monitor temperature and cooking time.
Whatever grill you like, go out with friends, family and food is one of the best ways to spend the spring and summer months.
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First published April 23, 2019.
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