Determine how big your
grill needs to be to suit your grilling habits. The average cook
requires 400 square inches of primary grilling area. This will give you
enough grilling space for several dishes or to feed a larger party
crowd. Depending on the size of your family, and what your requirements
are, you will find the right grill for you..
Decide if you want to
just grill, or if you want to cook too
Side burners, cutting boards and extra shelves on the inside of the
grill make cooking a full meal outside very convenient. Ask yourself if
you will ever use these extras. If the answer is yes, enjoy picking all
the features you want. If the answer is no, skip the extras and save the
Give the grill you’re
thinking of buying the wobble test
A good grill does not wobble when you move it. It is on solid footing
which means you’re not worried that the pot of boiling corn on the side
burner is going to tip to the ground. If the grill wobbles in the
showroom it most certainly will wobble on your deck. Pass it up and head
for the grill that feels solid to your touch.
Stainless steel is
considered to be the top of the line by experts. Consider quality vs.
Measure the area of your
deck dedicated to the grill – buy a grill that fits your space or you’ll
be forever bumping into the ‘too big grill’.
Look for two grill
burners, they offer better heat distribution and control.
A built-in thermometer
will help you ensure your meal is cooked to perfection.
Look for a drainage
system that gets rid of fat and drippings so you can enjoy grilling
Lava rocks, ceramic
briquettes and metal plates and bars help to distribute the heat of the
grill. Check to see if they are included.
If assembly is required
take a look at the instructions before you buy the grill. If it seems
complicated ask the retailer if they will assemble it before you buy.