Gas Grills Ideas for your July 4 Holiday Weekend

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See, you’re wrong about this already.  You’re thinking that with BBQing less than 24 hours away, Connected Interactive is too late to talk about good grills.  Nope.  You’ve procrastinated.  Tomorrow morning you’re gonna run out and buy the gas and any repair pieces you need.  Which makes this perfect timing 🙂

Price: You get what you pay for. If you drop in your store you will see Gas Grills in the price range of around $150 to $300. However there are sources of residential Gas Grills that can run over $10,000. When comparing prices, find out whether or not a propane tank is included. This can add about $20 to $30 dollars to your total cost if you have to buy it separately.  Which bring us to….

Fuel:  First, do you want propane or natural gas? Natural gas requires a gas line at the location of your grill. Many grills can be bought in either configuration but you can’t run a propane grill on natural gas or visa versa. Many lower priced grills do not have the natural gas option although more and more grills do these days. Watch the price though. Some natural gas conversion kits can cost between $50 – $100. But natural gas will cost you less in the long run and save you trips to the propane store.

Material: The main body of the grill is usually made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron, or stainless steel. Stainless steel is the preferred material of professional cooking equipment and the most expensive, but not all stainless steel is created equally. One thing to watch for is not just the body, but also the frame. There are many “stainless steel” grills that have painted steel frames that can rust. Once you decide on the material, look over the whole grill to see how it’s put together. Is it all stainless steel (try using a magnet)? Or only parts of it.  The truth is that cast aluminum will typically outlast any quality of stainless steel

Size: Next up, think about the kinds of things you will want to cook on your grill and for how many people you might want to cook for. If you’re planning on a large turkey or being able to cook up 40 hamburgers at a time you’ll want a larger grill. If you just cook a few steaks or chicken breasts once in a while, you’ll probably want a smaller one. Also look at the space you have for the grill. Get one that will fit safely and conveniently.

Features: Do you want a side burner? How about multiple level cooking surfaces, or a smoker box, side burner, rotisserie burner, lights, or any one of a dozen things that get added to a grill these days.  But hey now: features cost money!

Heat: Another factor is the BTU rating. This is a measurement of the amount of heat created by the burner. A grill with higher BTUs doesn’t necessarily produce more heat. It is a factor of the heat created, the size of the grill and how well it holds and distributes that heat.

Durability:  The biggest part of the lifespan of your gas grill is how well it is take care of. A well taken care of grill can last a long time!  End of story.

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