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Natural Gas Grills - Buying Tips

Walk around a display of grills and you’ll be inspired by the high-tech designs. With so many features and impressive styles it’s hard to know which grill is best for you. Don’t go by looks alone, use this downloadable checklist to find the grill that’s perfect for you.

  1. 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..

  2. 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 money.

  3. 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.

  4. Stainless steel is considered to be the top of the line by experts. Consider quality vs. cost.

  5. 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’.

  6. Look for two grill burners, they offer better heat distribution and control.

  7. A built-in thermometer will help you ensure your meal is cooked to perfection.

  8. Look for a drainage system that gets rid of fat and drippings so you can enjoy grilling without flare-ups.

  9. Lava rocks, ceramic briquettes and metal plates and bars help to distribute the heat of the grill. Check to see if they are included.

  10. 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.

FACT - You can convert a propane grill to a natural gas grill. Ask a retailer specializing in grills to advise you how.