How to shop for a natural gas grill

How to shop for a natural gas grill

What would summertime be without having a barbecue fire in the back yard to entertain your family, neighbors, and friends? A thick, juicy steak, barbecue chicken, and tender, succulent ribs are just a few of the many foods you can cook on a grill.

There are many types of cooking grills available on the market today. A natural gas grill has its advantages over a charcoal or a propane grill, though. The most important advantages are that it provides an even, temperature controlled heat without the hassle of having tanks to refill. A natural gas grill is also less expensive to use, as compared to a charcoal or propane grill.

As long as you have an existing natural gas service to hook it up to, then, you can purchase this type of grill at your local home supply store. You can also perform a search on the Internet to find more suppliers in your area, or, to purchase one online.

Natural gas grills come in a wide variety of price ranges. You can spend as little as a few hundred dollars, or as much as a few thousand dollars on one. Some buyer guides recommend not purchasing a gas grill for less than five hundred dollars. The reason is, the cheaper priced ones don’t last as long as the more costly models.

With that said, you also have to decide what features are important to you, and how large of a natural gas grill you need. The smallest have two burners. There are also four and five burner models available too. Usually, two burners offer a sufficient amount of cooking space. If you choose a two burner gas grill, make sure that the burners are made in the shape of the letter “H””. This shape allows the heat to spread out across the entire burner.

A natural gas grill also has a grilling surface, and that is available in different sizes too. The grilling surfaces are available in different materials too. The cheapest ones are covered with chrome. While the chrome looks good at first, it tends to rust and it’s hard to clean.

The next best grilling surfaces are porcelain, cast iron, and stainless steel. The porcelain type is easy to clean, and it is also rust resistant. However, the porcelain can be scratched and chipped off if it’s handled roughly. The cast iron and the stainless steel grilling surfaces hold up better.

If you mostly barbecue foods on a lower fire, then the stainless steel grill would be ideal for this purpose. If, however, you love to sear thick, juicy steaks, then you probably want to choose the cast iron grilling surface.

Natural gas grills have many other features that you’ll need to choose from too. Models that have electronic lighting instead of match lighting are quite handy. You may also want to choose a grill that has a window in its hood. While a window can make it easier to watch the food cooking, the high tempered glass can become greasy and difficult to see through in a short period of time. Unless, of course, you’re planning on cleaning the glass after each and every grilling session.

Whatever model of natural gas grill you choose, make sure it has all of the features you want, that it’s easy to operate, and that it has a manufacturer’s warranty that will cover parts and labor for at least one year from the date of purchase.

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