Purchasing a new BBQ grill is an exciting venture. The problem is that with so many grills on the market, choosing the right option for personal needs and current skill level is not always easy. Learning the key aspects that are important when purchasing a BBQ grill will make it simpler to find the best option.
Arrange a Budget
Before spending any time on research or considering any other aspect of the grill, it is important to set a budget. Determine what is available to spend so that it is possible to eliminate any BBQ that is out of financial reach.
Grills have widely variable prices depending on factors like whether it is purchased on sale, the time of year, the type of grill and whether it is purchased online or in a store. Despite the variation, having a set limitation in mind will narrow down the choices to a reasonable number of grills. With fewer grills available, it is possible to find the best option for individual needs.
Make a Must-Haves List
The must-haves list are the items the grill needs to contain. The list should only contain the information about what a grill needs and should not list the items that are preferred. For example, the must-haves list should specify a size requirement based on cooking requirements. An individual who is only grilling food for two will need a much smaller grill requirement than those who have a family of five and expect friends to come over unexpectedly.
The list should consider the elements that are most important to individual needs. That means considering the size, looking at preferred fuel, determining the location of the grill and how the grill is likely to end up used.
A list should always put the most important elements, such as a grill that meets safety regulations for use on a condo balcony. These are the items that relate to safety features, preferred fuel sources and the most important elements that are necessary based on personal usage.
The Wants List
After determining the needs, it is then appropriate to consider the preferred add-ons. The wants list should contain accessories and items that are preferred, but are not necessary for the grill to contain. These items are possible to eliminate and purchase at a later date if adding them will put the grill out of a personal budget.
Materials in the Grill
The materials used in the grill are an important consideration. Common materials include painted steel, cast aluminum, stainless steel and enamel finishing. Depending on the particular needs and wants, the best material for the grill will vary.
In general, stainless steel BBQ grills are the easiest options to find. Most expensive grills use stainless as the major material, though some variation exists and it is possible to find cast aluminum as well.
Burners and Grates
The burners and grates are another factor to look into before buying any BBQ. Understanding the material will make it easier to estimate how quickly meat and other items will cook.
The best burners and grates use cast iron materials. The cast iron may or may not be encased in porcelain. This holds heat much better than other materials. Steel burners and grates are not as good at holding heat, but are appropriate for general grilling needs.
Considering whether the grill is pre-assembled or requires assembly after removing it from the box is important. Assembling a grill personally is not for everyone, particularly those who are not used to putting furniture or household items together. It requires tools and takes time to complete the project.
Those who are not comfortable with assembling the BBQ personally should look for a grill that is already assembled and is possible to put directly into a backyard or on a balcony.
Purchasing a BBQ starts with determining the requirements and spending a little time comparing options. The final purchase should meet every need, most wants and should stay within the budget.