A BBQ makes a great addition to any yard. Few things bring a party to life like being able to throw on some meat and veggies and get a meal started. But with hundreds of types of grills, ranging from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, it can be difficult to decide what type of BBQ is right for you. Here are a 4 factors to consider to help you know what to look for when buying a BBQ.
1. Fuel Type
There are a few fuel types, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages:
Wood pellet or charcoal – This type of bbq can bring a wonderful, smoky flavor to the meats you are grilling. It is also often the cheapest type of BBQ. The downsides are that the cost of fuel is expensive, and it can be difficult to nail the perfect temperature for harder-to-cook meats.
Natural gas – A natural gas BBQ is much easier to use than a wood pellet or charcoal BBQ. It is easier to get started, dial in an exact temperature, and the fuel is much cheaper in the long run.
Propane – Propane brings all the same advantages as a natural gas bbq. It brings the added advantage of being portable as you can carry around a propane tank and don’t need to find a natural gas line to use. The only downside is propane is more expensive than natural gas.
2. BBQ Size
Size is pretty straightforward. You need to ask yourself what the size of your average party is going to be and buy a correspondingly large bbq. While it might seem like bigger is always better, if you are going to be cooking for smaller parties it is often better to have a smaller BBQ where it is easier to monitor and control the grill’s temperature.
3. Extra Features
Grills these days have a number of possible add-ons, including rotisseries, side burners, lights, automatic lighters, and smoker boxes. If you are an expert grill master, some of these extra features will enhance the kinds of meals you can produce at your bbq.
After all this, the last thing to consider is the most obvious: price. The cost of BBQs varies from $150 on the low end to multiple thousands of dollars on the high end. Remember to also factor in the cost of fuel. Charcoal and wood pellets are more expensive as fuel than natural gas or propane, and large grills will use more fuel than small grills.