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So, you’re going to buy a grill? That’s a great investment! Grills add flavor to your summer, pleasure to family get togethers, and excitement to cooking.
Do you know what kind of grill you're going to buy?
Each type of grill, whether gas, charcoal or wood pellet, has pros and cons. Find out which type of grill works best for the type of food you’d like to prepare.
While you’re at it, check out the maintenance requirements for each grill. The more you know, the easier it will be to find a grill that you’ll love forever.
Gas grills are convenient, easy to use, and have excellent temperature control features. They can be used for slow cooking or for cooking a relatively fast meal. With little set up and minimal clean up, gas grills are both convenient and fun to use.
Gas grills need a propane tank for fuel. Or, connect your grill to your home’s natural gas line. You’ll want to make sure the product specifically says that it can be run on natural gas. If you plan to connect your gas grill to your natural gas line, you’ll need a special natural gas converter, and a hook up. Talk to a contractor to create such a hook up in your backyard.
Gas grills can be used to cook nearly any type of food because they have simple temperature control features. Use your gas grill to cook everything from burgers and bratwursts to breakfast food.
Clean your cooking grates with a grill brush after cooking, then use a putty knife to scrape grease out of the cook box and into the drip pan. Dump the grease out of the drip pan every time you use your grill, or you could start a fire.
Charcoal grills can be messy, smoky and have limited to no temperature control features. Why are they so popular? People love the seared charcoal flavor on foods like peppers, corn, burgers and sausages.
Unlike a gas grill, charcoal grills need lead time before cooking can begin. If you use a charcoal chimney to start your grill fire, start using the chimney 20 to 30 minutes in advance of cooking. If you use lighter fluid to start your grill, start the fire 15 minutes in advance.
Charcoal grills are perfect for cooking burgers, meats, vegetables, baked beans and other traditional grilling foods.
Like the gas grill, charcoal grill cooking grates can be cleaned with a grill brush. High quality charcoal grills have an easy to clean basket in the bottom. The basket gathers charcoal dust. When the coals are cool, simply empty the basket and you’re ready to start again.
Wood Pellet Grills
Wood pellet grills deliver the smoky flavor of a charcoal grill, but they offer better temperature control and cook food more evenly. Wood pellet grills take a little longer to cook than charcoal grills, because they cook at a lower temperature.
Wood pellet grills can be used to cook nearly anything. You can even use your wood pellet grill to smoke cheese! Want to know more about cooking with a wood pellet grill?
Pellets produce little ash, so wood pellet grills require minimal cleanup after the meal. Simply use a grill brush and grill cleaning product to clean the cooking surface.
Ready To Purchase A New Grill? Stop By Von Tobel For Guidance
Von Tobel is a Weber Alliance dealer. We’ve got a great variety of grills in stock. Contact us to get started with your grill purchase and enjoy your summer!