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Your Guide For Buying A Gas Grill

by Nicko Ferroni

Let's face it, buying the right gas grill is a tricky call. Though grills are not complex machines, understanding the basics of grill construction can help you choose the best grill for the money. With stainless steel this and infrared that, and with without proper guidance, the path for choosing the right grill can be quite long. To choose the best griller, the one that makes your kind of BBQ super easy and comfortable, all you need to know is just a few basics. Do you prefer putting the meet on the grill and walk away until it is done, or do you enjoy cooking things fast and quick? Do you cook directly over the flame, or indirectly? Once you have figured out what you want out of a gas grill, you're ready to choose the perfect set for you.

Styles Of Gas Grills

The first thing to consider is the different styles of grill you can choose from. Do you need a built-in or freestanding or portable model? Perhaps you have an existing post already installed and you just want a new grill to mount on it? Assess your needs to ensure you get the style that best suits your home.


Freestanding grills are ready to use out of the box, making them a very popular choice. A freestanding grill can stand alone because it well finished from all sides, it can stand in the middle of your yard looking good from every angle.


Built-in grills are finished only on the top and front, therefore they need support in the form of a cement or stone base.


As their name would suggest, these grills are portable and can be placed on any flat surface. They have a variety of energy sources, including: charcoal, liquid propane, natural gas and electric.

What To Look For in a Gas Grill

Now that you know which type of grill you want it's time to consider a few other options and features to pick the best grill for your needs.

Size of in Gas Grills

Serving Size - Do you need a grill for a small family or one suitable for large parties? When comparing models, consider the entire cooking area. Remember that some grills offer multiple cooking surfaces, and pay attention to the manufacturer's specifications, sometimes they include the warming rack or side burner on gas grills in their width specifications.

Food Type - Steaks, chicken breasts and vegetables need a small grilling space, but if you intend to cook larger cuts of meat you need a considerably larger grill.

Outdoor Space - Before choosing your next grill you should think about the location you'll be placing it. If your outdoor space is limited you should consider getting a narrow grill with multiple cooking surfaces.

Gas Grills Features

Heavy-Duty Grates - Stainless-steel and coated cast-iron grates tend to be better for searing and maintaining even grilling temperature, while stainless is considered more durable.

Electronic Igniter - An electronic igniter is usually easier and more reliable than a rotary or push button starter.

Rotisserie - A rotisserie rod will let you to rotate your food within the heat-filled grill chamber, results are similar to that of roasting in an oven but often juicier and with more intense flavor.

Smoking Tray - Preparing smoked food requires a chamber to hold the smoke and a smoke source. It can take anywhere from 1-2 hours up to 20 hours, or even more. The benefit is extremely flavorful and tender meats.

Thermometer - A thermometer is a very useful tool for grilling a variety of foods. It helps you keep the right temperature and avoid over or under-cooked food.

Casters - Casters or wheels can be useful for relocating your grill during the off season or simply moving it to a more ideal location when entertaining guests outdoors.

Trends in Gas Grills

In the last few years a number of gas grills have been touting their superiority because they feature infrared cooking. Infrared grills use a special surface above the flame that absorbs the heat and radiates it to the food. They focus the flame of a standard gas burner onto a plate of special glass, ceramics, or metal tile that has thousands of microscopic holes in it. The advantage of infrared heat is that it is much more efficient than conventional gas grill. It heats faster and reaches higher temperatures, often in the 500°F to 700°F range. Another advantage of infrared grills is their ability to create less dry air motion, which means less moisture evaporates from the food. Also, the radiant surface is usually very close to the food so dripping juices or marinades incinerate and go right back up into the meat, keeping even more moisture in your cooked meat. Is the infrared cooking here to stay? YES. Infrared grills add to your grilling experience and provide you and your guests with steakhouse-quality food.