Gas grills are as easy as 1-2-3. Simply heat, grill and clean. They are a great option for the grilling aficionado or the weeknight chef and can include various features from a side-burner to a full-blown rotisserie spit. Gas grills account for about 60% of the grills sold in the United States and chances are you might already own one or you’re looking to purchase one and there are plenty of good reasons why. Gas grills heat up quickly, cook evenly and clean-up is easy. With so many varieties of gas grills on the market, Ed’s Woodshed takes a closer look at today’s gas grills and what they have to offer.
Freestanding or Built-In. Choosing between a stand-alone grill and a built-in depends on your plans for your deck or patio. Do you plan on using your grill in the summer and storing it for the winter months or are you building an outdoor kitchen? Either way there are no right or wrong decisions here, just personal preference!
Propane or Natural Gas. This option can go hand-in-hand with your decision for a freestanding grill or a built-in. If you’re building an outdoor kitchen and choosing a built-in grill, you could opt for an immobile natural gas grill. Natural gas connections tap into your home’s gas supply so you’ll never run out of gas. And while propane tanks need refilled after about 25 hours of cooking, they are great for the traditional free-standing gas grill that can be moved around your patio or deck.
The 2 D’s - Distribution & Durability. Anyone who’s ever cooked with a stove-top, oven or grill knows even distribution of heat is important to the overall cooking rate of a meal. When shopping for a gas grill, be sure the burners are of high-quality and the hood is insulated and works well to keep air-circulation moving. You should also look for a grill that’s made of corrosion-resistant materials like stainless steel or porcelain enameled steel so you can enjoy it for years to come. Grills should be a long-term investment, if they are poorly made you can plan on investing in another one in another year or so.
Number of Grill Burners. It takes at least 3 burners to create an even distribution for indirect grilling and barbequing which allows you to cook items like a pork loin, ribs or whole chicken – items that require a longer cooking time. Indirect grilling opens up a wide range of cooking possibilities so you’ll be able to use your grill for more items than steaks and burgers. Choose a grill that has stainless-steel, cast-stainless or cast-brass burners and avoid cast-iron burners as these easily corrode. The size of the grill will also impact the number of burners. If you’re buying a bigger grill, be sure the number of burners suits the overall cooking space.
Side Burners, Infrared Burners & Rotisseries. Side burners allow you to use your grill as a stove-top to boil water, cook eggs or make a sauce to compliment a meal. Infrared burners allow you to practice methods of cooking like searing and caramelization, something otherwise impossible to achieve with a regular grill burner. Rotisserie kits are great for cooking meats or poultry slowly and evenly. They are also great because your meal will baste itself as it rotates providing an incredibly juicy result. These additional gas grill accessories make your outdoor cooking possibilities endless.
Choosing the best gas grill is completely up to you! At Ed’s Woodshed we carry a large selection of Vermont Castings™ and Napoleon ® grills and accessories that will fit any home or budget. Visit Ed’s Woodshed located in Bridgeville, PA, just 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, or call us at 412-257-0492.