Barbecue Buying Guide
Types of Barbeques
Natural Gas Barbecue
Barbecue Safety Considerations:
• Never leave a grill unattended
• Never use gasoline or lighter fluid to start a grill
• Always keep a fire extinguisher close by when cooking
• Maintain appropriate distances between barbecue and other structures, buildings and vehicles
• Regularly inspect hoses for obstructions
• Keep your grill clean to prevent grease fires
• Properly prepare food and cook to recommended temperatures to avoid bacteria growth and food poisoning
• Always keep children away from barbecues and other hot surfaces when cooking to avoid accidents and injury
Burners work with the fuel to produce the flame in gas and propane barbecues. There are several different types of burners including tube burners, double burners and pancake-shaped burners. More burners (relative to the size of the surface of the grill) ensure that heat is distributed evenly and provide more control over temperatures. Burners are generally made of either stainless steel or cast iron.
Heat Distribution Plates +
These plates are located above the burners and work to prevent flare ups and promote even heat distribution.
Grids and grates deliver heat to the food. Porcelain-coated wire grids are made of heavy-duty steel wire and provide great heat retention. Porcelain-coated cast iron grids also provide superior heat retention and are great for creating dark grill lines on food. Stainless steel cooking grates are rust-resistant and are typically located overtop of line grills to provide consistent and even heat.
Gas barbecues can come with a push-button starter or an electronic ignition. A push-button starter creates a spark when engaged that ignites the flame in a gas or propane barbeque, and may require several attempts before lighting. An electronic ignition uses a battery system to produce a series of sparks that ensures fuel ignites immediately.
Fuel Gauge +
A fuel-gauge indicates the amount of propane left in a tank, allowing you to monitor your fuel level so you don’t run out in the middle of cooking.
Barbecue Hoods +
These covers trap air inside the barbecue, increasing the temperature and helping to retain heat.
Temperature Gauge +
Temperature gauges monitor internal heat for precise roasting and accurate pre-heating.
Air Vents +
Air vents in charcoal grills help control the temperature by allowing coals to burn faster and hotter to seal in juices, or slower with reduced heat to add a more smoky flavour.
Ash Collectors +
Ash collectors catch the ash in charcoal barbecues to protect your patio, and they can be removed for easy cleaning.
Fat Drip Trays +
Fat drip trays collect the fat on gas model barbeques to protect your patio, and they can be removed for easy cleaning.
Storage Cabinets +
Integrated storage cabinets provide a great place to hold everything from barbecuing utensils to sauces and condiments to keep them easy to reach when you need them.
Barbecue Covers +
Barbecue covers protect your barbecue from the elements when not in use so that your barbecue lasts longer.
Side Burners +
Side burners add additional cooking space, so you can simultaneously cook side dishes and other meal items.
Top / Warming Rack +
A warming rack is a smaller grill located above the main grill, where food can be placed to keep warm while waiting for slower-cooking food to reach the correct temperature.
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Barbecue Maintenance Tips:
• Use a soft brass bristle brush to clean porcelain grids
• Use a stainless steel bristle brush to clean stainless steel grids
• Replace damaged or worn parts as necessary
• Purchase a properly fitted cover to protect your barbecue when not in use