Gas Grill Buying Tips For Braai Enthusiasts

Gas grills are becoming a popular choice among braai enthusiasts. One of the major reasons is that, unlike charcoal braais, gas grills are relatively easy to clean. Additionally, gas grills tend to be involved in fewer accidents. A gas grill can be ready to braai in ten minutes. Here are some considerations for anyone planning to purchase a gas grill.

1. Price Ranges Of Gas Grills

Entry-level – these are the most basic gas grills on the market, but unfortunately can be of questionable quality – The Fireplace Shoppe does not stock entry level gas grills.

Mid-Range – These gas grills are a bit more expensive but offer more features than the basic gas grills. Prices for mid-range gas grills start from around R6,000. For these types of grills, it’s best to choose one made by an established manufacturer in order to get a quality product.

Deluxe Models – These grills are the cream of the crop. Prices start at R10,000 and some models going for more than R20,000. The brand name and construction quality of the grill should be the main concerns when buying a deluxe model gas grill.

2. Basic Elements Of A Gas Grill

Gas grills are generally constructed in a similar way. The gas burners generate heat, and above the burners is some kind of heat dispersal system. Above these are the cooking surfaces or grates where the food is placed. What is hidden under the hood is what separates a typlcal gas grill from an excellent one. A grill with at least two individual burners allows for better control of the heat. This allows the heat to be evenly distributed over the cooking surface, which results in better tasting food. When braaiing meat, its difficult to avoid dripping juices and fat, which causes flare-ups. Some gas grills are fitted with systems to control flare-ups and turn them into smoke, which enhances the taste of the food.

3. Check For Solid Construction

When you buy a gas grill, it’s very important to choose one which is solidly built. A badly built grill has a tendency to wiggle, and may fall apart easily. You should always make sure that you see a demo model of the grill you’re planning to buy, so that you can check on the quality of the construction. Choose a gas grill made of high quality stainless steel, or one with a baked-on porcelain enamel finish. The grates should be made of aluminium, stainless steel, cast iron or porcelain-coated cast iron.

4. Gas Grill Maintenance

You should consider the amount of maintenance which will be needed to keep your gas grill running for years into the future. Choose a brand of gas grill that provides easy to understand product information. Make sure that the manufacturer can provide hassle-free access to spare parts and services. Buy from a reputable retailer who is willing to stand by their products.

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