When it comes to control, convenience, and versatility, gas grills are the only option to many people. These grills are attractive and made to last. They are also effortless to clean, so you won't be scrubbing away while guests mingle after the meal. There are even temperature control knobs to regulate heat for an even cooking surface.
Propane vs. Natural
Contrary to popular belief all gas grills don't burn the same fuel source. If you are set on gas as your fuel source, you have to make the hard decision to choose from propane and natural gas.
- Propane - These are the most common types of gas barbeques. Propane is widely available and a 20-pound tank can last as long as 25 hours, depending on the size of your grill and temperature regulation. These are considered portable varieties because a dedicated gas pipeline is not necessary. Also, propane has twice as much cooking heat than natural gas.
- Natural - Natural gas is significantly less expensive than propane. Plus, since it runs through a line, you don't have to worry about running out. However, you need to get set on a location because you'll need to have the gas line installed.
Features to Consider
Not all gas lines have the same features. It is a good idea to make a list of the features you are looking for before you start to take shopping a little more seriously. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Ignition - Your gas grill will probably have an electric starter. You might want to choose one with a manual ignition, too, just in case your electric ignition isn't working.
Burners - Stainless steel, cast brass, and cast iron are considered the highest quality. They are also generally the most durable options, as well. Grills that only have low, medium, and high settings don't provide as much heat control than those with independent temperature control. Ideally, burners will extend the entire length of the cook box.
Infrared Burners - If you plan on cooking a lot of steaks, you may want to consider infrared burners. The gas flame is used to heat a metal, ceramic, or glass plate that may reach temperatures of 700 degrees Fahrenheit. These burners allows you to cook the outside to well done while leaving the center pink.
Grates - You cook your food on the grates, so they should be good quality. Cast iron or stainless steel offers the best heat retention. They also allow you to sear food, which is great for the visual display.
Side Burners - No need to cook your side dishes inside and be forced to run back and forth outside to check on the barbeque. Some grills have side burners, which are perfect for preparing side dishes.
Smoke Box - Some gas barbeques have a smoker box that gets filled with wood chips to give meat and veggies a smoked flavor.