There is a reason the best gas barbeque grill costs a little more. It’s built to last you a lifetime. If you want the best gas barbeque grill made, here are the features you should look for.
Stainless Steel Construction
What makes stainless steel special isn’t that it’s made of steel and isn’t that it’s stainless. Because it’s not. Metals labeled “stainless steel” will discolor, lose their luster, stain, rust and pit. The fact of the matter is that there are dozens of varieties of stainless steels available in the market place – and they are not created equal.
There are two basic grades of stainless steel used in today’s outdoor gas grills – magnet (400) stainless and non-magnetic (300) stainless. The (400) grade magnetic stainless steel is inferior to the (300). It’s not as durable or rust resistant as the (300), it does not conduct or retain heat as well, and it will warp when exposed to high temperatures, and it generally produces an inferior product.
The typical box store gas barbeque grill uses (400) stainless steel. The finest gas grill uses only commercial grade 304 stainless steel. That’s why they can be backed by a 100% lifetime guarantee.
So, if you’re shopping for a quality stainless steel gas grill, take a magnet with you. If the magnet sticks to the grill, walk away. It is not a quality stainless steel grill.
Fully Welded Seams vs. Spot Welding
Next time you’re in your local box store take some time to inspect their gas barbeque grills. What you will find is that the seams are not fully welded – they are spot welded. And spot welding will not hold up to the extreme temperatures produced in a gas barbeque grill. These seams will eventually pop and split – ending the useful life of the barbeque grill.
If you want the best outdoor grill available, make sure the seams are fully welded. These grills will last a lifetime.
So what’s a BTU? It’s the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water from 39 degrees to 40 degrees. So in its simplest terms the BTU measures heat output.
And how does that translate to outdoor gas grills? Taken alone, the number of BTUs a gas barbeque grill can produce is meaningless. What is meaningful is the number of BTUs produced per square inch of cooking surface. The finest outdoor gas grills produce 100 BTUs or more per square inch of grill surface.
Why does this matter? It matters because this is the level of heat required to properly sear a steak, producing steak house quality meat time and time again. So if you want to become legendary for your grilling skills, you need to know the BTUs per square inch of grill surface before you buy your next barbeque grill. That is what will set you apart from the rest of the neighborhood.
An infrared burner is no longer a fad when it comes to producing wonderfully tender steaks. It’s a necessity. Infrared heat is radiant heat – and radiant heat cooks meat without drying it out. Gone are the days of hockey puck hamburgers.
When you consider your next outdoor gas grill, make sure is comes equipped with an infrared burner.
Flavor Zones and Heat Separators
Flavor Zones were first introduced by Weber Grills. The concept was to produce separate temperature zones across the grill – so you could have one side cranked up all the way to sear your meat while the other side was set to low to cook tender vegetables.
Today, premium manufactures like SUN Gas Grills have done one better. Their flavor zones have holes which allow for the escape of heat as your turn the various burners up and down. And they have introduced heat separators between the flavor zones to shield the heat of one burner from the remainder of the grill – allowing for precise temperature control along the entire length of the gas barbeque grill.
This technology is the finest available today. Make it part of your next gas barbeque grill.
The best outdoor gas grills on the market today incorporate old fashioned smoking in the form of a smoker box. The smoker box is designed to infuse your food – especially your meat – with the flavor of hickory (or other hard wood) smoke at the same time as you grill your meat.
100% Unconditional Guarantee
Regardless of the model gas barbeque grill you choose, the person selling it should be willing to back it up with a 100% unconditional guarantee. If they are not willing to do so, you need to question the quality of the grill you are about to purchase. Excellent quality gas barbeque grills will last a lifetime and the merchant should be willing to back that up with their guarantee.
So, what’s the Bottom Line?
The bottom line in gas barbeque grills is that shopping price is a sucker’s play. In gas grills, like many other things in life, you get what you pay for. The more important measure is cost per year’s use. Buying a top-of-the-line stainless steel gas grill will yield many, many years of use and enjoyment. The same cannot be said for grills that do not offer the features discussed in this article.
This is especially important if the gas barbeque grill is going to be incorporated into an outdoor kitchen. Imagine changing the grill every 3-5 years. What a nightmare. But 3-5 years is the average life span of box store grills. So, when you replace the gas barbeque grill you already have, make sure you buy the finest quality you can afford. You won’t be sorry!
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Until next time, Happy Grilling…