Garden gas grill – how to choose? Which grill is better?

When the days get longer and warmer, it is worth spending a little more time with your loved ones in the open air. Grilled dishes will make all kinds of meetings more enjoyable. Which gas grill should you choose to meet our expectations regarding both the taste and appearance of the dishes and the safety of the service?

Why a gas grill?

On the market, in addition to gas grills, there are traditional (coal or wood) and electric grills. Each of them has its own advantages. Currently, however, gas solutions are becoming more and more popular. And for a reason. Among their basic advantages are:

  • Short cooking time - gas grills start quickly and heat up. Just turn the knob that releases gas and press the igniter button to enjoy the right temperature after a while.
  • low operating costs - due to the low gas consumption during the grill operation, the costs of preparing dishes are small. However, we must remember that its price is higher compared to the price of a coal or electric grill. However, low operating costs mean that the investment pays off after just a few seasons of using the grill.
  • Free temperature control - thanks to the flame adjustment knob, we can easily influence the temperature of prepared dishes, immediately changing or increasing it, which is extremely important if we care about the unique taste of the dishes.
  • Juiciness of dishes - high temperature of processing means that the protein on the surface of the meat cuts quickly, so that all juices are retained inside. This allows you to get juicy, yet tender meats that form the basis of a balanced meal.
  • Is the gas grill healthy? - Yes. Thanks to it, we can prepare dishes without excess fat, which is collected in a special bowl. What's more, we do not have to be afraid that the high temperature will deprive our dishes of elements and vitamins that are necessary for proper human development. The gas grill makes it possible to prepare dishes in such a way that they retain their full nutritional value.
  • Is the gas grill safe? - Yes. When cooking delicacies on a gas grill, we are not exposed to direct fire, making it a safe way to prepare food.

How to choose a gas grill?

When deciding to buy a gas grill, it is worth checking what additional features it has been equipped with. They make the grill one hundred percent meet our needs. However, these are not the buying factors. Nevertheless, it is worth having the device, especially if we are barbecue enthusiasts.

  • PTS system - thanks to it, the grate heats up evenly, which means that we can serve food at the same time and no guest has to wait until his snack is ready,
  • Fat draining system - thanks to it we get rid not only of the irritating smell of burnt fat, but also substances harmful to health,
  • Thermometer built into the lid - allows you to control the temperature inside the grill without having to open the lid.
  • Side burner - makes it possible to prepare additional dishes that cannot be prepared on the grill, for example meat sauce,
  • The possibility of lighting the grill with a match / lighter - gas grills usually have a built-in lighter so that you can easily light a flame. However, if it breaks down, and the grill is not equipped with a system that allows it to be ignited with a match or lighter, we will not bake anything.
  • Container for wooden inserts - barbecue fans indicate that nothing can replace the taste and smell of dishes prepared in a wood-fired grill, which, when burning, emits unique aromas. Manufacturers of gas grills have met these expectations by equipping them with special containers into which you can shred wood, thanks to which the dishes have a beautiful aroma,
  • Hangers for accessories - thanks to them we will always have at hand all the necessary utensils, such as knives, pliers and forks for turning over dishes,
  • lamp - thanks to it we will not have to stop grilling when it gets dark and we can easily assess whether our dishes are ready.
  • Side tops - we can use them to cut meats, vegetables, herbs or other additions. They will also work when applying snacks - we will be able to put plates on them.
How to choose a gas grill?

Which grill - gas or coal?

Given the ease of lighting, the gas grill performs better than the coal grill. It is enough to connect the device to a gas cylinder and turn the tap to enjoy the flame. For a coal-fired grill this is more complicated. We need the right briquette and kindling. The ignition technique is also important. Sometimes, even after a few attempts, we fail to do it or the flame only smolders, which means that the temperature is too low to bake dishes. We don’t have such problems with the gas grill.

What’s more, it is safer than a charcoal grill, because we do not have direct contact with fire. We also do not need to add fuel, thanks to which the risk of burns is definitely lower. In the case of a charcoal grill, we often contaminate prepared dishes by adding briquettes. When using gas equipment, we don’t have to worry about that.

Which grill - gas or coal?
Which grill - gas or coal?

Compared to a charcoal grill, the gas appliance gives us more grilling options. It usually has a larger grill, so we can make more snacks at the same time. It is also equipped with a rotisserie, with which we can bake chicken whole. Properly profiled places in the grill allow for the preparation of vegetables, fish and seafood. In turn, the so-called upper grate allows you to postpone prepared delicacies so that they do not burn, while maintaining the right temperature.

What makes the garden gas grill stand out against the background of traditional equipment is that we can use it even on the balcony or terrace. It does not emit smoke that could disturb our neighbors. Smaller models are perfect for the kitchen. In practice, this means that we do not have to limit ourselves to grilling only to the summer season. Gas equipment can be used throughout the year.

In answer to the question, which model will work better – gas or coal grill, the latter performs worse, also considering the operating costs. Although its price is lower than that of a gas grill, the cost of traditional grilling should take into account the expenses associated with the purchase of briquette and kindling, which increases operating costs. The gas grill requires the purchase of a gas cylinder, but it lasts for several dozen barbecues.

What gas grill to buy? When choosing a gas grill, it is worth considering such factors as:

  • The number of people for whom we will prepare dishes - for a small family, a simple model equipped with one grate is enough. However, if we are going to prepare snacks for a larger number of people, we should opt for a grill equipped with additional elements, such as an oven, a second grill or a spit.
  • The material from which the grill was made - the housing must be durable and resistant to high temperatures and mechanical damage. Only high quality materials guarantee this. It is worth ensuring that the burners are made of stainless steel. This will ensure a safe gas flow and give us the ability to easily control the temperature. In the case of the grate, the best material solutions are cast iron and stainless steel. If we want this element to keep warm longer, let's go for cast iron. When we are looking for a solution that will help us keep the grill clean, choose stainless steel. It is easy to remove all kinds of dirt from it.
  • Oven depth and height - the larger oven capacity means that the heat spreads evenly, and we are able to prepare, for example, roast or chicken differently.
  • Type of grate - the heavier the grate, the longer it will keep warm. The distance between the ribs also counts. The smaller it is, the better. Thanks to this, we can prepare various types of dishes without fear that they will fall off the grill. If we are deterred by the vision of painstaking cleaning of the grate after grilling, choose models that have few transverse joints, which will allow easy removal of dirt.
  • Number of burners - regardless of the size, a good gas grill should have at least three burners, thanks to which the dishes will grill evenly over the entire grate surface.
  • Cabinet - it is worth ensuring that the gas grill is equipped with a capacious cabinet that manages to contain a gas cylinder. Thanks to this, using the device will be extremely simple and it will not lose its aesthetics, as the cabinet will cover the cylinder.
  • Handles - they are important especially in small models, whose characteristic feature is mobility. Ergonomic handles will allow you to freely move the grill to different places - to the garden, to the balcony, to the kitchen.
  • Aromatizers - they determine the taste and smell of dishes in a gas grill. They have the form of corrugated plates and are located between the burners and the grate. The more space they cover, the more distinct the taste of the prepared dishes. In addition, they allow even distribution of heat and protect the burners against harmful substances (acids and grease) that drip from the dishes.

Gas grill - what power?

When choosing a gas grill, be sure to pay attention to its power and temperature levels. There are products on the market with a total power of burners even in the range of 7.8-10.5 kW. They allow you to quickly prepare dishes. During family meetings, a gas grill with a power guaranteeing a 180-degree temperature range is enough. This will allow you to precisely control the baking process.

Food Processors FAQ

Of course, different models have some differences in design, so before using it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the instruction manual. The general rules are as follows. First you need to open the lid to weather the gas. Then you should open the valve of the gas cylinder (or provide access to natural gas) and wait a minute when the gas goes through the pipes. Now you need to set fire to the burners and set the regulators to maximum power. After this, close the lid of the grill and warm it for 10-15 minutes.

The smell of gas may indicate a leak in the gas hose or at the point of connection. Turn off the burners and turn off the gas cylinder valve (or natural gas access control). Then disconnect the gas hose and reconnect it after a few minutes. Then turn on the grill again. If you smell gas again, contact the manufacturer.

Ignite all burners and set the desired temperature. If you intend to cook in direct medium heat, set the burners to medium heat, close the grill lid and wait until the temperature rises to 175–230 ° C. After that, you can put the food on the grill installed above the burners. If your grill does not have a thermometer, use the palm of your hand to determine the temperature.

In this case, you will not need technical devices, and yet the reliability of this method is beyond doubt. Imagine a can of cola standing on a grill grate directly over hot coals. Mentally put your palm on this jar. At about this distance (about 12 cm), hold your palm and count the seconds during which you can hold your hand in this position. 

If you pull your hand back in 2–4 seconds, then the heat is strong, if in 5–7 seconds the heat is medium, and if you can hold your hand over the grate for 8–10 seconds, then the heat is weak. Convincing request: be careful and remove your hand before you burn yourself!

The grill grate must be washed every time after use. Products adhere to the uncleaned grate, and they can easily be removed from the clean one; moreover, a beautiful pattern forms on their surface. It will be easier for you to clean the food debris if you heat the grill to 260 ° C with the lid closed, and then, putting on heat-resistant gloves, properly walk with a special brush with steel bristles along the edges of the grill.

About once a month you need to thoroughly wash the grill. In doing so, follow the recommendations for maintenance and care of this appliance. It is best to clean the grill with a soapy solution using a sponge. Soot and dirt on the lid should be cleaned regularly. In addition, when removing the grill grate, it is necessary to clean the burners, the boiler and the pan.

I do not recommend oiling the grill, although many do. Oil will drip from the grill, which can cause ignition in both the coal and gas grill. I advise you to lubricate the products themselves, in which case it will be easier for you to remove them from the grill and at the same time you will save oil.

Flames can catch fire when oil or fat gets on the coals in a charcoal grill or on a burner in a gas grill. If the flames do not reach the products, and the fire gradually subsides, then this can be ignored. But if the fire breaks through the grate and covers the dish with flame, you need to act as quickly as possible, otherwise the dish will be covered with soot and burn.

In a gas grill, flames erupt less frequently, since most of these appliances are designed so that grease does not drip onto the burners. For example, some gas grill models have tilted metal rods above the burners. They not only prevent the outbreak of flames, but also turn the flowing juice and fat into a wonderful aromatic smoke.

But if a flame nevertheless arose, first of all you need to close the grill lid. If this does not help, you need to transfer the products to an indirect heat zone.

Dishes cooked under the lid are more succulent and aromatic, whether you grill on charcoal or gas. With the lid closed, the air access to the grill is reduced, which reduces the risk of ignition. From below, food is exposed to intense heat, which, reflected from the lid, speeds up the cooking process, while the dish warms up well from above.

With the lid closed, the grill warms up more strongly, and the heat acts directly on the product. At the same time, dishes retain the aroma of spices and spices. With the lid open, you will have to cook longer, and the dishes will turn out less juicy.

The exception is beef steaks – it is important in them that when frying on the outside, they remain juicy and pink inside, as well as products cut in very thin slices, for example, pieces of bread or tortilla. They are fried so fast that you should not close the grill lid.

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