How To Buy BBQ Grills

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Barbecue grills come in many styles and prices. You can choose from charcoal grills to gas grills, or even pellet grills. These various types of grills can cost as little as $15 to $20 or they can cost thousands of dollars. So how do you decide which type of barbecue grill is right for you? There are a number of factors you should take into consideration before buying your new barbecue grill.

  1. Cost. For many people, cost is the first consideration when purchasing a barbecue grill. If you are only planning on using the grill a few times a year, you probably do not want to spend $1,000 or even $500. But, if you plan on using your grill many times during the summer, or if you are lucky enough to live in an area where you grill all year long, spending $500 or $1,000 or even more may seem reasonable.
  2. Grilling Location. Your grilling location should also be taken into consideration when making your decision. Is your backyard small or are you buying a grill that will be located on an apartment balcony? If so, look for a small grill that can be easily used in your small area. Also remember that charcoal grills create smoke and flames. If you are barbecuing in a small area, a charcoal grill might not be the best choice. While gas grills do not create as much smoke, they are also subject to occasional flare-ups. If you have the luxury of having a large area you can set aside for grilling, you have many more options and can explore larger grills with more features. Finally, if you are planning on using your grill for tailgate parties or camping, you should consider its portability. You might want a collapsible grill or one that is easily taken apart.
  3. Fuel. Barbecue grills can be found with many different fuel sources.
    • Charcoal grills are the least expensive to purchase but do take a little more preparation time than other fuel sources.
    • Gas grills are more expensive but they are ready for cooking almost instantly. Temperature control is also easier with gas grills than with charcoal grills.
    • Pellet grills, which use hardwood pellets for fuel, are becoming popular. They are usually ready for grilling within 15 minutes and the temperature is easily controlled. Pellet grills are the most expensive barbecue grills but many barbecue enthusiasts feel that they are well worth the money.
  4. Flavor. For barbecue enthusiasts, flavor is one of the most important considerations when choosing a grill.
    • Pellet grills provide what many consider to be the most authentic smoky flavor associated with barbecue.
    • Charcoal grills can also provide excellent flavor. There are many different types of flavored woods available for charcoal grills, making these types of grills appealing for many.
    • Food cooked on gas grills has sometimes been criticized by for a lack of flavor. There are now flavored briquettes that can be added to gas grills to provide a more authentic barbecue flavor, allowing for the convenience of the gas grill and a more authentic barbecue flavor.
  5. Features. Grills can come with numerous features. Charcoal grills are the most basic with few additional features, but some do have attached work areas for holding plates, utensils or other necessities. Higher-end charcoal grills can come with a number of extra features including warming areas, side burners and additional storage or even refrigerated compartments. Careful consideration should be given to the usefulness of these features, as they can add a considerable amount of money to the cost of the grill.


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