Nothing says outdoor entertainment more than firing up the grill and cooking for family and friends. If you are new to outdoor cooking, the large selection of grills available on the market may seem daunting. Follow our simple guide for tips on how to choose a grill that will best suit your outdoor space and cooking needs..
How to Choose a Grilll: Fuel Type
Picking a fuel source for your grill is a good place to get started. Whether your preference is charcoal, gas or even wood, we have a grill to meet your needs.
Charcoal cooking aficionados swear that charcoal is the best fuel source for outdoor cooking. A Kamado-style grill like the Primo Oval XL gives you the flexibility to smoke, grill, bake and roast all with one tool. Charcoal cooking aficionados who swear that charcoal is the best cooking method. Some of the benefits of using a charcoal grill include the ability to sear at high temperatures, the ability to smoke foods as well as a grill in a charcoal-burning grill, and the ability to smoke wood chips for flavor.
If you love that smoky charcoal flavor in your grilled meats, or love to experiment with different wood chip varieties to obtain the perfect flavor, a charcoal grill or kamado smoker is the way to go. Standard kettle-style charcoal grills like the original Weber Kettle are an affordable entry-point into charcoal grilling, whereas more sophisticated grills, such as a kamado-style ceramic grill, allow you to create specific heat zones—with dividers and heat deflectors—for different foods. This allows you to cook different foods at the same time in different temperatures.
Gas grills, whether natural gas and propane, are extremely popular and many of the options available on the market provide the option to use either fuel source. While propane burns slightly hotter, the experience is nearly identical and for many grill owners the decision comes down to the logistics of their backyard.
If you’re the type of chef who likes to move your grill to where the action is, a propane tank is the way to go. While propane grills provide mobility, to avoid running out of fuel before the meal is done, you should have an extra propane tank on hand. On average, one propane tank can provide 25 hours of cooking time, so plan accordingly.
If you currently have a natural gas line in your backyard, it can be more convenient to connect your grill to it. If you do not already have a gas line there will be a cost from your local utility to get this set up. Once done, you should consider your grill fixed in place as moving it to another area will require caution and expertise. However, the benefit of never needing to worry about running out of cooking fuel should outweigh the loss of mobility.
When shopping our selection of gas grills you will see the option to select either propane or natural gas on each individual product page.
How to Choose a Grill: Size
Most grills are available in small, standard & large sizes, so make sure to consider what size cooking area you'll need when selecting a grill.
Think about the crowds you are planning to cook for as well as the foods you normally prepare. Plus, for proper cooking, you should allow a half-inch of space all the way around each piece of meat on the grill. Love grilled veggies? Those can take up quite a bit of space as well. Whether you want your entire meal to come off the grill at once, or don’t mind cooking in batches while your guests wait is another consideration.
Make sure to take into account both the direct cooking area - directly above the heat source and the indirect cooking area – upper racks, when determining how much space you will need.
Shop our wide selection of gas & charcoal grills available in a variety of sizes.