Grill Buying Guide
With summer here in Maryland and Pennsylvania, who wants to spend their time in the kitchen? Adding a grill to your outdoor space can free you from having to use heating elements indoors (and increasing your A/C bill) while providing you with simple, fresh, delicious food. But with so many options on the market, how do you decide what type of grill is the best fit for you, your space, and your needs?
Here’s a look at the different types of grills available and the pros and cons of each one.
It is hard to beat the flavor you get when grilling over hot charcoal, and most people would agree charcoal produces the most flavorful food. In addition to the delicious flavor, charcoal grills can be used for smoking meats. Charcoal is also a fairly inexpensive fuel, so they can be more economical than gas, for example.
But a charcoal grill also requires the most work of our three grill options. Because you are relying on open flames and hot coals it can take quite some time to get the grill up to the temperature needed to cook your food. Likewise charcoal grills need to be tended to much more than gas and electric grills while your food is cooking. Additionally these grills require the most cleaning, because at the end of each grilling session there will be ash and waste from the coals.
A gas grill is a great option if you like to cook quickly. Gas grills can quickly and easily be turned on and off, and reach the correct temperature much quicker than a charcoal grill. Along those same lines, it is easier to maintain a consistent temperature with gas than it is with charcoal. Additionally, they are a more controlled flame which means they are a safer grilling option and ideal for a your new outdoor kitchen installation.
On the downside, you lose that smoky flavor you get with charcoal, and the fuel used for the gas grill is more expensive than charcoal is. It’s also a bit more of a hassle to get new fuel for a gas grill than it is to simply pick up a bag of charcoal at the store.
Electric grills are small, quick, and easy to use when compared to their charcoal and gas counterparts. If you simply want to cook some meat and veggies occasionally on the grill instead of in your home, an electric grill may be a good fit for you. If, however, you frequently cook for a large number of people, a gas or charcoal grill may serve you better. Also, electric grills do not add any flavor to your meat, and smoking is not an option.
So how do you choose the right grill for you? There are several things to take into consideration. Do you treat cooking like an artform? If you enjoy the process of cooking, the added flavor, and the whole experience, a charcoal grill may be a great option for you and your family. Do you just want to get some food on the table as quickly as possible? Then you may prefer the speed and simplicity of a gas or electric grill.
Choosing between the three types of grills truly comes down to your personal preferences. If you’d like to see your options in person and discuss your needs with someone who knows the ins and outs of grilling, stop by our Outdoor Specialties Maryland grill store today!