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What to Look for When Buying a Premium Gas Grill
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Much like the interior of a home, an outdoor kitchen is the hub of the backyard; it’s where family members and guests congregate and enjoy the pleasure of good food and personal connections – and the grill is at the center of it all. A high-quality gas grill offers convenience, versatility and durability to make the most of your outdoor grilling and entertaining experience. If you’re considering purchasing a new gas grill, here are a few important things to look for from your friends at Fire Magic.
When it comes to grills, size matters. The larger the cooking surface, the more food can be prepared on it at the same time. When shopping for a grill, measure the total surface area (length x width) of the primary cooking area and ensure you are getting the maximum space for your investment.
Stainless steel is the material of choice for gas grills; but not all stainless steel is created equal. When looking for a premium gas grill, be sure to look for a grill that is made entirely of corrosion-resistant 304 stainless steel to ensure greater durability and longevity.
3. Temperature Control
The key to successful grilling is temperature control. A high-quality grill will offer multiple burners and cooking zones that allow you to simultaneously and successfully cook different foods at different temperatures. Additionally, stainless steel ”flame tamers” provide an advantage over ceramic briquette systems, offering responsive temperature control by allowing heat to rise from the burners to the cooking grids, for enhanced flavor, even cooking and fewer flare ups.
The design and construction of a grill’s burners are critical to the effectiveness and longevity of a grill. Cast stainless steel is the most durable metal for grill burners. When it comes to the number of burners on a grill, more burners give you more control over your cooking and allow you to create various heat zones. Options such as a high heat infrared burner for searing a steak or a back burner for rotisserie style cooking enhance a grill’s versatility.
Look for a grill with maximum versatility to allow you to get the most bang for your investment. Features such as a charcoal smoker basket for enhancing cooked foods with the flavor of charcoal or wood chips or a built-in rotisserie and backburner for rotisserie style cooking give the grill the functionality to cook using many different methods on one single appliance. Accessories such as a pizza stone for making artisan pizzas and a griddle for cooking breakfast provide enhanced versatility and make it easy to prepare any meal on your grill.
6. Cooking Grids
Most high-quality grills use stainless steel cooking grids made up of multiple rods. The thickness of the rods is important. Thicker rods will provide greater heat retention and last longer. Also look for rods that cover the maximum surface area of a grill – this will help optimize heat conduction and flavor and ensure your food cooks evenly every time.
When investing in a premium outdoor grill, it’s important to have the assurance of a strong warranty that protects and extends the life of your grill. Burners are generally the most frequently replaced part of a grill. Some brands offer lifetime warranties on their burners. Also look for a brand that has a strong heritage and stands behind the products they manufacture.
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