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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 at:

  • 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 or so.
  • 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 cooking.

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