Be Informed When Buying Your Next Gas Grill

A Little Research Will Result in a Better Buying Experience

VAUGHAN, ON, March 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Buying a grill is a big deal.  It is, after all, an outdoor appliance.  And just like any other major purchase a little research will go a long way.  Grills are not complex machines, but understanding the basics of grill construction can help you get the best grill for your money.

Basic Anatomy of a Quality Gas Grill – It's Not Complex!

A.          

Grill Hood:  Its main function is to keep the heat from escaping.



B.          

The Cooking System:  The cook box rests in the cart and houses the components of the cooking system.

  • Food is placed on the cooking grates
  • Metal bars, lava rocks or ceramic briquettes disperse heat from the burners to the cooking grates above. At the same time, they also deflect drippings from food to prevent flare-ups.
  • The burner tubes create heat.

C.          

Grease Management:  The grease management system collects and funnels grease into a catch pan beneath the cook box.

Now that we know the simple A, B, and C of grill anatomy, let's move on to the sales floor.  Have a list of what you expect from your grill.  Do you need a side burner? Will you be grilling for large groups? What can your outdoor space accommodate? What is your budget?

Here's a quick checklist of what to look for when buying a gas grill:

1.  First, Let's Talk BTU's:  BTU stands for British Thermal Unit.  They are not an indication of how hot a grill will get, but rather a measurement of how much fuel will be used in a given period of time. A grill might qualify for a high BTU but simply not get hot enough due to size, materials, and design of the cook box.  Many grills with high BTUs will have a large opening in the back of the lid to allow the heat to escape, translating to wasted BTUs and wasted gas. There is much more that goes into a grill that determines how much heat it can retain, distribute and create to make it a powerful grill.  Purchasing an energy efficient grill is more about quality of construction.  Higher BTUs means you will be filling your gas tank more often.

2.  Good Grills Don't Wiggle:  A quick way to test construction is with a simple shake.  A good quality grill will feel solid and sturdy when you shake it.  A poorly made grill will wiggle unevenly and may sound loose or flimsy.  If a grill isn't solid on the sales floor, chances are it will fall apart rather quickly on your patio or deck.

3.  Cooking System:  For a freestanding, non-portable, gas grill, you should look for models that have two or more separate burners that allow greater heat control.  Smaller, portable and electric models may have fewer burners but should still have solutions for heat control and emit even, consistent heat. All grills should also have an efficient grease or ash collection system to keep the heat source clear of any clogs.  The best systems quickly flash the drippings, eliminating flare-ups and creating flavourful smoke.

4Assembly:  Easy assembly is a priority.  Some grills require hours upon hours to assemble.  Better brands reduce or eliminate the amount of assembly required by the consumer.

5.  Customer Service:  Top-notch customer service should come with any quality-made grill.  This should include thorough, easy-to-understand information about the products, plus a toll-free service number for any questions after you get the grill home.

6.  Consider the Manufacturer:  Look for a reputable manufacturer that has been in the business for a long time, has positive product reviews, a toll-free customer service line, offers a good warranty on parts, has strong distribution at the retail level, and a web site that offers product comparison, grilling tips, recipes, and a Q&A section. 

Remember, the quality of the food you grill is largely dependant on the quality of your grill, so make sure a one-time bargain doesn't turn into a long-term disappointment.

SOURCE Weber-Stephen Canada Co.

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For further information: For further information, hi-res images, or to arrange an interview with a Weber Grill specialist, contact Theresa Stahl at tstahl@weberstephen.com or (905) 336-5700. Website: www.weber.com.

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