Gas grills for outdoor cooking are becoming ever more popular.
Are you looking to buy a gas grill? If so, keep in mind all gas
grills are not created equal. As with any appliance you should do
your homework before running out to buy one. One tactic you can
employ is looking at the most expensive gas grills and pay close
attention to how they are constructed and what's on the inside.
Then, look at the cheaper ones and look for similarities.
I'll move from the exterior to the interior of the grill.
Stainless Steel Finish - Just because is shines and it's made of
stainless steel doesn't make it rust-proof. Let me explain.
Stainless steel comes in different grades; usually with grills,
it's a 304 grade. This is a rust resistant finish and will
rust. Follow your care guide that you get with the grill; it will
help you keep the finish looking good. The same goes for the
fasteners that hold the grill together. If they're plain steel
Note: If you buy a grill with steel fasteners you may want to
replace them with stainless steel fasteners from you local hardware
store. The best time to do this is when you assemble the grill for
the first time.
Painted grills are no different; they need to be cared for
according to the instructions from the manufacturer. Many a
grill is tossed out simply because the owner refuses to do
anything to make it last longer.
If your grill sits out in the weather get a cover and use it!
The overall construction:
Here's a thing that you can test by just pushing on one corner of
the grill. If you push (with a little force), and, it sounds and
feels like it's fixing to fall apart... it eventually will... and
earlier than you want it to. To start choosing a grill this is a good
first test. Open and close the doors and drawers. If it feels
sturdy overall at least you know the frame is good.
Burners come in a few different types of metals. Try to get
"cast" stainless burners if you can; it is a thick metal.
Sheet metal (thin metal) burners will have to be replaced because of
burn-through. That's because they rust from the inside out and there
is nothing you can do to prevent that.
One of the biggest problems I've seen with gas grills
is getting the fire low enough to cook slowly. BTU
ratings are important. Don't only look for the
"high"... you're not buying a hot rod! Look for the low
The more burners the better, this gives you more control when
cooking different things.
This is a common problem with the older grills and the manufacturers
are getting better at design. Once again... do some research since
you can't test this where you purchase the grill. If you have a
friend that has a grill that you've seen in action and you liked its
minimal flaming you should consider that brand. See how the
expensive grills handle flame up.
The grill should be stainless if possible (a good grade) with porcelain
enameled being the next choice. If it's cheap stainless, stick with
the porcelain. Look at the spacing of the grill rods; the closer the
better. Also the heavier the material the better.
Note: If you think you may want to use a griddle ask if the model
you're looking at can accept one. Weber and others have them
available as an optional part.
The better grill manufacturers will carry the parts you may need
to do repairs. Ask the sales person and check their web site.
This is a good indication of the quality you'll be purchasing.
Look at it close and compare once you choose a few grills you may
It all depends on what you expect out of a grill. If you're going
to use it occasionally and don't really care about something
"long-lasting" right now, just go cheap; it'll serve your purposes.
If you want long life, you need to educate yourself before making
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Read all you can, knowledge will prevent sorrow.
Be well and cook 'till it feels right!