A Guide To Buying A Grill

Posted on: 9 March 2015

With Father's Day just around the corner and warm weather just on the horizon, home improvement stores across the country are starting to pull out their grills to sell. Consider the following factors when buying so that you get the right grill for your needs.

Type of Fuel

There are several different types of grills that use various fuel types:

  • Electric Grills- these are great for indoor use, but are not always practical for outdoor patio use. They might be more portable, but they often don't have the same amount of cooking space as their competitors.
  • Charcoal- these provide a distinct smokey flavor to foods cooked on them. They require extra time to prepare and can make your food taste like lighter fluid if you don't know what you are doing. The biggest benefit is being able to more easily add applewood or cedar to give another distinctive flavor to your food.
  • Propane- this is the most common fuel for grills because it is the best all around option. It is easy to use, fast to heat up, and not very expensive. Controls on the grill often make it easy to adjust heat temperatures, and it's not difficult to switch out fuel containers.

Talk with a fuel company, like Redwood Fuel Oil & Propane, to see what fuel type is best for you.

Other Things to Notice

When looking at grills, you need to consider other factors that will ensure you get the right uses out of it.

  • Size- the most important consideration for a grill is the size of the entire unit. If your patio or deck cannot hold a large grill, there is no point in buying the biggest grill on display. You should also be aware of how much food you will typically be cooking. If you entertain a lot, get a grill that can hold a lot of hot dogs, burgers, and brats for all of your guests. If you are only cooking for one, having a large grill is a waste of money and energy.
  • Assembly Required- most grills require at least a little bit of assembly. Ask how much will be required for the unit you are interested in and if you can pay extra for the store to assemble it for you.
  • Construction- the best way to test for how stable a grill is requires little effort on your part. Just look at the units on display and give each one a simple shake. Poor construction will result in the grill shaking a lot and even wiggling unevenly. If it isn't good quality on the sales floor, chances are it will be even less on your patio or deck.

Look at Choices

There are a lot of grills on the sales floor for a reason- they want you to know that you can see all the options. Finding the right grill in your price range is easier if you have a lot of opportunity to inspect each one. Buying a quality grill will help you enjoy many summertime barbecues.