Different Types Of Grills And What They’re For

There are many different kinds of grills to choose from these days and figuring out which one will be best for you is a tough decision. I made this “cheat sheet”, if you will to give some examples of what’s out there and some of the key features of each type.

Charcoal Grills:

Charcoal grills have been around for quite a while and are still quite popular in even come integrated with special features nowadays that can make them appeal to many people, even over gas types of grills.

How They Work:

It uses briquettes to heat the food up and gives it a smoky or flavor than a typical gas or electric BBQ would.

These do take quite a while to heat up due to the fact that you have to wait for the briquettes to get to a certain temperature in order for the food to cook properly and evenly but you can purchase smaller “starter canisters” that speed up the process.

It does take a little practice and patience to become a good cook using charcoals/briquettes, so keep this in mind if you are considering buying one yourself.

Charcoals And Starter Canister

Charcoals (on the left) And Starter Canister (on the right)

Their Sizes:

You can find charcoal style grills in about any size, ranging from smaller and more portable units, all the way up to a larger ones that could feed more than 15 people at a time.

Different Sizes Of Charcoal Grills


Features That You May Not Have Known About…

On the newer models, they come equipped with built-in timers, multiple air vents and even special charcoal canisters that make lighter fluid obsolete. What’s been popping up a lot lately is ceramic type of charcoal barbecues, instead of metal ones like we’re all used to seeing. Ceramic is a great insulator and can have many different benefits when it comes to BBQ foods such as more heat retention and a lot better temperature control throughout the entire cooking process.

Features Of Modern Charcoal Grills


Gas Grills Are Common Elements:

Gas types of grills are one of the more popular types mainly because of the convenience factor but they can also a ton of flavor to foods that you couldn’t get with traditional indoor cooking methods.

Fuel Types And Options…

There are really two different types of fuels the gas grills can run on and these are liquid propane or natural gas. Basically the only difference between the two is that liquid propane comes in a portable canister whereas natural gas would have to be hooked up by a professional but you’d essentially never run out of gas and eliminate refilling propane cylinders.

Since gas is relatively inexpensive it is cheaper to use a gas grill as opposed to a charcoal one, it breaks down to be a little bit cheaper per use. You can typically expect to see around 9 to 10 hours of use on a single propane canister, depending on how many burners you have running, whether you are using the side burner as well, etc.

Fuel Types And Options

Features Of A Typical Gas Grill:

The features are really the biggest selling point when it comes to gas grills and I mentioned earlier the convenience is probably the number one factor on why people buy these. Another good one that most people don’t think about is the fact that you have greater temperature control throughout the entire cooking process than you would with any other type of grill, allowing you to control the speed of which are foods are cooked.

Side burners are somewhat of a standard option on gas grills but there are other ones like a rotisserie cooker, additional infrared heating elements, etc. that can make your gas barbecue function more like an outdoor kitchen.

Features Of A Typical Gas Grill


Electric Grills:

As far as convenience and speed is concerned, electric grills are the leader in both of these categories because of their design and how they work. You simply plug them in, wait just a minute or two and you’re off!

These are recommended for people who couldn’t use a gas or electric BBQ where they live, for one reason or another and are a great alternative to the latter. You can find many different features such as temperature controls, side tables and lots of other goodies that can make this more of an experience than just an ordinary electric grill.

Electric BBQ

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