||Outdoor Gas Grills
Few things can enhance the taste of food
better than preparation on an outdoor barbecue.
If you want to barbecue often -- and most
owners of a grill do, propane gas grills
are the preferred choice because they start
instantly, clean up without the mess of ash,
and give you maximum control on how much
heat you direct to the food.
When choosing a gas grill, look
- heat output - although you should choose
a grill by the cooking area, grills are instead
rated by heat output. Fortunately, the manufacturers
make the heat generating capability of the
grill (measured in BTUs) correspond to the
cooking surface. So, if you are cooking for
yourself or a small family, 20,000 BTUs is
enough; if you entertain a lot, go for 50,000
- cooking surface - the preferred cooking surface
is an iron grill instead of porcelain coated
iron or steel. Iron is what you will find
in restaurants all over the world, but it
does require "seasoning" and some
care to keep clean. Porcelain coated grills
clean easily but require care to avoid chipping.
Stainless steel needs no special care. Be
sure to check that the spacing on the grill
is adequate to hold the food but not so tight
as to shield the food from direct heating.
- base - the larger the grill, the more important
the quality of the platform holding it up.
- fuel gauge - an accurate and easy to read
fuel gauge is a must. No one wants to run
out of gas in the middle of cooking a meal.
- accessories - there are a number of handy
accessories like warming racks, platforms
or trays, tool hangers, stove burners on
the side, and storage drawers. Pick the ones
important to your style of entertaining or