When summertime comes around, everyone loves a good . There’s nothing better than being able to cook your own food on a barbecue grill. The aroma which oozes from juicy steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs is like no other. But what kind of grill is best for you and your family? How many different types of barbecue grills are there? Which one should you buy? These questions, along with various others, are examined and answered below to help you know more about barbecue grills. So whether you’re looking to upgrade from your current BBQ grill, or simply looking to see which one may be a better fit, read on.
Four Main Types Of Grills
There are four different types of barbecue grills which people can use to grill; gas, electric, charcoal and portable. Many of them appear similar and it is quite easy to get caught up by the way some of them are designed or appear. However, the pricing can vary quite dramatically based on the type, size and name brand you purchase. Plus, you also have to consider the materials used to make each grill.
Natural Gas/Propane Grills
The natural gas/propane grills are one of the most popular types of backyard grills sold and used out there today. Since they can be fueled by either natural gas or propane, many people choose them as their grilling choice. The vast majority of gas grills are originally designed to be used with propane gas. However, they can be converted to natural gas easily since most manufacturers provide the options. For those with natural gas lines, they can take advantage of convenience and lower cost. Refilling propane gas can add up to more money in the long run.
Warm up: 10 Minutes. Most gas or propane grills can reach anywhere between 10,000 to 30,000 BTU’s of cooking power quickly.
Fuel Cost: Moderate to High. Depending on the size of the gas/propane grill, the total amount of fuel used can vary.
Cleaning: Medium to moderate based on the food cooked, and length. It requires at least an occasional thorough cleaning.
Best For: The gas/propane barbecue grilling method is best for those who are impatient and want their grills on quickly. They also are best suited for those that do not want to worry about cleaning up charcoal messes or the preparations.
Disadvantages: Both the flavor and pricing are some of the disadvantages to using a gas grills. Since you cannot really smoke meats with gas, the taste of true grilled barbecued flavor will be gone. Granted, some gas grills come with small smoker boxes in them. But they will only give you a minuscule smoke flavor taste compared to the original charcoal grills.
Price: Starting at around $60.00 to $2000.00 and up. These tend to be pricier than most of the other models since they are the most popular. Also, some gas grills come with up to 8 burners. The more burners it has, the more power and heating. But that will also mean more gas used.
Although using a charcoal grill takes more time and are more expensive than gas grills, some people prefer them to the others. This is even more so when the charcoal is made out of natural wood. That tends to give meats the pure, charcoal grill taste many are looking for. Still, when it comes to time, charcoal grills tend to take a lot longer since you have to wait for the charcoals to burn.
Warm Up: Depending on the charcoal used, it is between 25 to 35 minutes.
Fuel Cost: Out of all the four types of grills, charcoal are the highest and costliest.
Flavor: Highest. Due to being the most natural way to barbecue, the charcoal grill offers the highest rating when it comes to flavor and true barbecue taste.
Cleaning: Easy to moderate. Requiring periodical deep cleaning, the charcoal grill method has an easy to moderate cleaning ratings.
Best For: The charcoal grill method is best for the purist, or those that love real charcoal, taste. If your preference is smoky, grilled flavor meats, then charcoal is the way to go. Since charcoal burns at a higher rate than gas, it can mean that your meats will sear faster. Lastly, charcoal grilling offers the purest form of barbecuing out there.
Disadvantages: There are a few disadvantages to using a charcoal grill. For one, the charcoals are very expensive when compared to gas or electricity. Secondly, the time it takes to light up and wait for the charcoals to heat up and burn can be almost 40 minutes. That is very frustrating sometimes when you are cooking for a lot of people. Lastly, there’s the time it takes to clean up the grill since the ashes from the charcoal will need to be disposed of.
Price: Although they are one of the cheapest of the 4, some models can be very pricey. The starting price for the simplest types of backyard grill starts at about $25.00 to $220.00. However, there are some really expensive models costing up to almost $2,000.00 and more. The price you are willing to pay will largely depend on the grill, the features and material it is made of. Plus, the brand, style and design will likely also affect the pricing.
For those looking for value and convenience, electric grills are the most likely choice. Since they are powered by electricity, there is no fire required. The meats are cooked via heated grill plates. Electric grills also offer the advantage of being able to be used both outdoor and indoors. They are also the cheapest to use since there’s no gas, fuel or anything else required to get the fire going.
Warm Up: One of the fastest available. Still, make sure to preheat it well before you begin to cook.
Fuel Cost: Since nothing else is required, other than plugging it into an outlet, this is the lowest available.
Flavor: Medium. Although the meats cooked on an electric grill will produce the actual grill marks, the flavor will not be the same as the charcoal or gas.
Best For: Anyone who has limited space or no backyard, can benefit from the electric grill. Also, those who live in the city, but cannot use gas or charcoal grills due to fire code regulations. It is always best to check your local building regulations and laws pertaining to grilling before purchasing one.
Disadvantages: One of the major disadvantages to using an electric grill is the taste. The real smoky flavor from which barbecue and the idea of cooking out comes from, is all but lost.
Price: The pricing on electric grills start about $70.00 to $500.00. Just like the charcoal grill and others, the total will depend on the model, size and features.
The portable grills can either be charcoal, propane or even electric. But since they can be transported from one place to another, they have portability in common.
Warm up: 15 to 25 minutes. Depends on the model.
Fuel Cost: Medium to High, (depending on type and model).
Flavor: Medium to High (depending on type and model).
Cleaning: Easy to Medium, depending on the type and model.
Best For: For those people on the go, who do not want to spend too much money or are simply looking to grill something quickly, without hassle. Perfect for those that want something grilled at a picnic or a parking lot, before a game.
Disadvantages: Size is the main factor for portable grills. If you are cooking for only a few people, then this is not a problem. However, when you want to cook for large crowds, portable grills are not an option. Unless you plan on spending all day grilling.
Price: The prices for these vary from $25.00 to $200.00, depending on the model.
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By pinpointing what’s most important to you in a grill (i.e. time to set up, smoky flavor, portability), you can choose the grill that best suits your lifestyle and budget. Use the above guide to make sure you’re getting the perfect outdoor cooking machine for your money, and you’ll be sure to have the best (and tastiest) summer yet.
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