What to Consider When Choosing a Gas Grill
A grill is central part of an American summer; there's nothing like firing up the grill on July afternoon to really get into the spirit of the season. Regardless of whether you're a die hard steak-eater or more a veggie kabob type of person, there's no denying that things just taste better when barbecued. A gas grill allows you to maintain steady temperature control, and it's faster and often easier to use than its electronic or coal-based counterparts. But how do you choose "your" grill?
Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before you make a purchase:
How often do you plan on using it?
If grilled meat and vegetables are staples in your diet, it's wise to choose a reliable device from a well-known premium manufacturer, such as Char-Broil or Napoleon. These may cost more up front, but will require less repairs and offer better performance in the long run. If you only barbecue occasionally - i.e. a few times a month when it's warm enough to do so - there's not much point in investing hundreds or thousands of dollars more than necessary. A cheaper option like a Weber will do just fine for you.
How much space do you have?
Do some calculations to see how much space you can allocate for your future gas grill. Do you have a large backyard and deck, or just a small apartment patio? Do you need the barbecue to come with it's own stand, or can you set it on a table or counter top?
As well, determine how big your grill needs to be. If you are just flipping burgers for you and your family, you probably won't need a two stacked grills that hold 20+ patties each. If you plan on entertaining and frequently have a lot of guests come over, the larger grill will be a time saver.
What features and accessories do you need?
Shelves and storage space: You don't realize how handy it is to have a flat surface next to your grill top until you are trying to juggle plates, hamburger buns, condiments and a spatula in your hands all at once. As well, you can store tongs, scrubbers, and other supplies in a cupboard beneath the grill.

A thermometer. Most modern gas grills all come with a mounted thermometer, which is a safety feature as much as it is useful to the cooking process. Check out customer reviews to find out more about the thermometer of the gas grill that you're planning to buy and prepare to buy a separate digital thermometer if your grill is on the cheap side - it may not be the most accurate.

A cover. Covering the grill when it's not in use is absolutely crucial to its longevity. Make sure that the cover is unlined and synthetic - flame retardant polyester, durable nylon, and vinyl will do well. Always make sure that the barbecue is fully cooled before putting the cover on it.
What material is the grill made out of?
Grills grates are typically made of cast iron or stainless steel. Stainless steel has proven to maintain the temperature within better than any other material; however, it takes more time for these grills to reach the required temperature, so pre-heating your grill is more important. Cast iron is more durable and can heat up faster than stainless steel, but it can chip or rust if it is made with a cheap coating.
It's always important to consider your budget and the features that you require before investing into any major purchase, and a gas grill is no exception. With careful consideration, a good barbecue can be enjoyed season after season.

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