One of the time-honored rites of summer is the ritual of the backyard barbecue: gather friends, family and food and roast up some old-fashioned (and tasty!) fun. You have several options when selecting an outdoor grill.
Choosing The Right Fuel
Barbeque grills can use several different kinds of fuel, including wood, charcoal, natural gas or propane. Barnhill Chimney, Fireplace, and Grill carries several brands spanning the full spectrum, for our Lexington, Kentucky, and surrounding area clients:
American Outdoor Grills (AOG), made by RH Peterson, run on natural gas or propane. These high quality stainless steel grills come in post-style (bolted in place on your deck or patio or fixed in your lawn), or a portable, wheeled style. They can also form the focal point of a beautiful outdoor kitchen! Natural gas or propane BBQ grills have the benefit of instant startup — no waiting for the charcoal to light — and cook very quickly.
Primo grills, which are American-made ceramic BBQ grills, are fueled by charcoal. These grills can be fit onto wheeled mounts or even big beautiful wooden racks for a complete grilling experience. Their heavy ceramic walls hold heat and allow them to cook very evenly from every angle. They can even cook pizza with the aid of a pizza stone! They require waiting for the charcoal to warm up, but the charcoal (and special wood blocks which can be added to the charcoal) can add a wonderful flavor to the food.
Modern Home Products (MHP) grills, also made in America, come in natural gas and propane varieties and even infrared and hybrid models for amazingly fast, intense heat on demand.
Choosing The Right Size
Casual chefs may wish to investigate the smaller, portable models of grill, which can be used in small spaces, take less time to heat up, use less fuel, and cost less.
The right size is important: of course, larger grills can cook more food at once, so when you are serving large groups of people, some do not end up waiting for their burger after everyone else has been served. Grill sizes are generally measured in square inches of grilling area. It is a good idea to have approximately 100 square inches of grilling area per person being served.
Gas grills are sometimes sized by number of burners. While more burners on a gas grill means more cooking space, it also means that the grill uses fuel faster.
Those who do not have natural gas service to their home may select a propane grill, which runs on propane canisters which can be purchased at local retailers and traded in when empty. Those with natural gas service may choose to install a grill wired directly into their gas supply, so they will never run out of fuel.
Choosing the Right Material
Outdoor grills can be made of ceramic, sheet steel, stainless steel, cast iron or cast aluminum. Ceramic grills are designed to hold heat in their walls for all around heating. Cast iron grills provide more even heating but must be cleaned after each use. Stainless steel grills can be almost maintenance-free.
Building Your Outdoor Kitchen
Ambitious chefs can build an entire outdoor kitchen around a built-in model of natural gas or propane grill, including outdoor refrigerators, extra drawers and storage space, additional gas or infrared burners, lights, seating, and more — even a fire pit, a gazebo, or a roof to make your outdoor cooking space extra special.
Both natural gas and propane grills and grills fueled by charcoal or wood can cook food evenly and quickly, sear juices into meat, roast vegetables or potatoes, and can be used to make wonderful, healthful meals for your family.
Barnhill Chimney, Fireplace, and Grill can help you with your outdoor kitchen, from planning stages to installation.