Outdoor grills are a staple of American summers, and as we head into summer the grill covers begin to come off and the off-season damage is discovered. Whether you need to replace your old grill or are looking to transform your space with an outdoor grill upgrade, we have got you covered on what you need to know when in the market for a new outdoor grill.
Types of Outdoor Grills
There are several types of outdoor grills on the market, each of them boasting a new set of bells and whistles that are sure to excite. Outdoor grills come in many shapes and sizes, but are primarily powered by gas/propane, pellets, charcoal, or electricity. When you are shopping for the right grill for your space, you will want to consider the type of grilling you want to be able to conduct with your setup., Gas grills typically produce a smokier, richer flavor than electric grills, but charcoal grills have been found to be the best when it comes to getting a rich, smokey, BBQ flavors that are associated with outdoor grilling.
Gas & Propane Grills
Gas and propane powered outdoor grills are widely popular for their convenience, versatility, and user-friendliness. Gas and propane grills are easy to start, and once ignited they heat up quickly and consistently. These types of outdoor grills are incredibly user-friendly, as they hold a steady temperature and are easily adjustable to be lowered and raised as needed throughout the grilling process. Similarly, the clean-up and care for gas and propane fueled grills is much more appealing than for charcoal and pellet counterparts, requiring nothing more than a grill brush and a wipe down with your favorite grill cleaner. Gas and propane outdoor grills often have the ability to be powered using gas/propane tanks or via a direct in-ground gas line. Because of this, gas and propane grills are widely popular for outdoor grill remodels or upgrades because they require the one-time purchase and installation of a dedicated gas line – significantly reducing the costs and waste that result from needing to refill your grill’s fuel tanks.
Wood Pellet Grills
Pellet outdoor grills are less popular amongst the everyday grill owner, but not for the reasons you would think. Unlike their gas-powered counterparts, pellet fueled outdoor grills run on wood pellets and are sought after for their signature smoky results. Pellet grills burn the wood pellets to maintain the temperature selected, and many users appreciate that they can set the temperature, close the lid, and let the grill do its magic. The lids on pellet grills trap the heat and smoke inside the chamber, cooking your food to perfection while allowing the smoke to penetrate and infuse the food with the smokey flavor you know and love. Since pellet grills require a more tending than a gas grill, these types of outdoor grills are best for grillers who enjoy slow roasting and smoking foods. Pellet grills are known to be cheaper to power than gas alternatives, making them more desirable for those who are looking to customize and test out different pellet combinations and grilling methods.
Charcoal outdoor grills are what many associate as being a “traditional” outdoor grill. Charcoal fueled grills have been a long-term favorite amongst grillers for years due mainly to their versatility. Because charcoal grills essentially burn until they run out of coal, they have the range to reach incredibly high grilling temperatures and to be cooled down to a lower heat. Charcoal outdoor grills are popular for their signature smokey, flavorful, juicy results and are much more hands on than gas/propane or even wood pellet grills. The coals traditionally sit underneath the food, which vaporizes and infuses the juices and flavors back into the food. Coal grills are cheaper at their initial purchase, and the coal that fuels them can be much cheaper than gas and propane options. Likewise, more experienced grillers prefer charcoal outdoor grills for their dual usage capabilities which allows users to experiment with coal and wood pellet fuel mixtures to draw out different taste results.
Electric outdoor grills are incredibly popular for those who are looking to grill in a limited space such as apartments or city-centric yards that lack the space for proper ventilation and spacing. Because of their lack of an open flame, electric outdoor grills are perfect for those limited by space and fire codes. Electric grills are still capable of producing the smokey results of a fire-burning grill, and because they are able to reach higher heats than other fuel sources, they open up different grilling possibilities. Aside from their increased safety with no flame and auto-shutoff technology, electric grills are incredibly easy to operate and clean. Most electric outdoor grills require very little setup and can simply be connected to a power source and turned on. As for cleaning, because there is no open flame there is no ash produced and there are fewer components in general to clean. Most electric grills come with detachable plates to aid in ease of cleaning, making them desirable for those who share the appliance with others.
You Can’t Go Wrong with a Grill Upgrade
Regardless of whether you are a homeowner or a renter, an outdoor grill is a summertime staple in New England homes. There are a variety of different types of grills on the market, each one being ideal for different grilling goals. However, if you are looking for a more universal setup, you cannot go wrong with a gas or propane powered stove which provides you with the widest range of functions. If you are unsure of how to best optimize your outdoor grilling setup, connecting with an industry professional can get you going in the right direction. From top-of-the-line Solaire Grills to the Big Green Egg grill, the experts at Energysavers can get you set up with the right grill just in time for your backyard BBQs and family reunions.
About Energysavers, Inc.
Founded over 40 years ago, Energysavers is family-owned and operated out of Meredith, NH. We are proud to provide quality, dependable pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, hot tubs, saunas, outdoor grills, and more. Visit the store room and choose from the many models and sizes we have in stock and receive the best price and quality service. Call us today at (603) 279-7961 to visit our store or schedule a home inspection.