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Outdoor Grill Buying Guide

Summer time is right around the corner so it’s time to start up the grill and get cooking! If you are looking for the perfect grill for hamburgers, steak and more about which learn type of grill is right for you and your family.

Charcoal Grills

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According to grill masters, what charcoal grilling has over other types of is the smoky flavor. The dry heat of charcoal briquettes sear meat more quickly, which caramelizes the exterior, while giving your meat that signature smokey flavor.

However, grilling on charcoal requires more time and attention than grilling with propane gas, from building up the briquettes to lighting and managing the flame.

Charcoal grills are less expensive than other grills, however the cost of charcoal has been steadily growing. If you are looking for a smoky flavored taste and less expense on your wallet then you may want to consider buying a charcoal grill.

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Gas Grills

If you are thinking about buying a gas grill, then phrases such as “surface areas” and “BTU’s” are probably dancing around your head. First, consider the size of your future grill. Do you like to have large outdoor gatherings, or do just want to be able to enjoy a couple of burgers with your family?

Another important factor when considering buying a gas grill is what kind of fuel do you want to use: propane or natural gas? A natural gas grill needs a gas line at the location of your grill. If you prefer a propane gas grill, you just have to make sure that you change out the tank or cylinder and replace it with a full one when it is empty.

When it comes to heat you may think that “bigger is better” or “hotter is better”. The BTU rating is the maximum output of the main burners. The old standard used to be 100 BTU’s per square inch. With grill technology advancing it is not the case anymore. If the lid and the grates are heavy then your gas grill should heat up fast, so consider a BTU range of about 80 to 100 per square inch. For an infrared grill, you want to find something that ranges from 60 to 80 BTU’s per square inch.

Pellet Grills

Pellet grills are more like smokers. They use indirect heat rather than direct heat, such as charcoal and gas grills. Pellet grills are great if you love the taste of smoked turkey, ribs, salmon, pork chops and brisket. Pellet grills use small pellets that light better than charcoal, and leaves very little to no ash. Burning pellets add both heat and smoky flavor to your food.


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