Outdoor Grill Features

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Outdoor grill features can be confusing at first but once you grasp the basics it becomes a lot simpler. It’s understandable if you have a hard time choosing an outdoor grill when you do not comprehend what you are reading. While the language used when describing outdoor grills might seem like a foreign language at first, understanding these features will help you to make an informed decision.

The most common feature that you will encounter while choosing an outdoor grill is the British Thermal Unit, or BTU. A BTU is used to describe the heat value of fuels and the cooking power that a grill has. A BTU is defined as the amount of heat it takes to raise one pound of water by one degree (60 °- 61 ° Fahrenheit). You will need some simple math to determine the amount of heat that your grill produces. To ascertain the heat that your grill produces, take the amount of space available for cooking (typically measured by square inch) and divide it by the total amount of BTU’s. You will want at least 95 to 100 BTU’s per square inch of cooking space to get your money’s worth.

Another feature to consider is the size of the grilling surface. Outdoor grills come in a wide array of surface types and sizes. All of these different cooking surfaces can vary in size including BBQ surfaces, flat grills, and ribbed grills. Consider these options, and remember that some grills for the outdoors even come with the ability to interchange the surfaces.

Portability is another important feature to consider if you ever do any outdoor grilling away from home. Outdoor natural gas grills require a fixed line so those are out of the question. Propane grills can be portable but you have to lug around the heavy propane tank as well. A charcoal grill is probably the best option for portability as they come in the smallest sizes available.

Durability and ease of cleaning are also important outdoor grill features to take into account. Charcoal grills are quite messy and more difficult to clean up then other grills but they are quite durable. Gas grills on the other hand are quite the opposite. Cleaning your grill involves more than just removing cooking grime from the grilling elements themselves. Properly maintaining and keeping clean an outdoor grill also involves making sure that the surrounding food preparation areas and other surfaces are sanitary. In many cases, the interior of your grill can be sanitized by the heating elements. However, the surrounding surfaces need to be cleaned, as well. If you want to maintain a clean and sanitary outdoor grill that you will be proud of, you might consider a Stainless Steel Outdoor Grill. Besides being very durable, stainless steel outdoor grills are easy to clean, and they do not rust like other patio grills. A regular stainless steel kitchen cleaner will work just fine on your stainless steel grill. In addition to standing up to the weather, sun, and other elements, your gleaming and clean stainless steel outdoor grill could be the pride of your deck or patio for years.

Safety is the last and possibly, the most important, outdoor grill feature to regard. If you have your gas line installed by the gas company, natural gas grills are as safe as any other grill as long as you remember to turn off the gas. Propane is quite safe as well if you follow the same guideline. Charcoal is also very safe as there is no gas involved at all.

If you still don’t get all the information provided about the grill, it may be a good idea to speak with a professional. Specific stores designed for outdoor grills and accessories would be a great place to start. Department stores may also have professionals knowledgeable about outdoor grills, and chances are at least one employee in the store can help you, if on nothing else but by personal opinion.

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