Types Of Grills
Do you love barbecuing during the summer? If so, you’re not alone. Grilling is a great way to cook food outdoors and enjoy the weather. But what type of grill should you buy? There are lots of different options on the market, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of grills available to consumers. We’ll also provide some tips on how to choose the best grill for your needs. So read on to learn more!
What Is A Grill?
A grill is a device that cooks food by applying heat from below. Grills usually have a hooded cover made of metal or ceramic, and an adjustable thermostat to control how hot it gets inside. The heated air turns the bottom of the grill into a searing-hot cooking surface up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 Celsius).
This type of cooktop has been around since ancient times. In fact, some archaeologists believe grilling over an open fire began as far back as 250,000 years ago!
In modern times, outdoor grills are one of the most popular ways to prepare food at home – especially under the hot summer sun. Gas-powered grills make it easy to turn out excellent barbecued meals with the simple push of a button. In this article, we’ll take a look at how these handy appliances work and go over some safety tips to keep yourself from being burned!
Types of Gas Grills
There are several different types of gas grills available on the market, each having its own unique design. But they all have the same basic parts in common – a hooded cooking surface, an adjustable burner system, and a control valve to regulate gas flow.
This is the most popular type of grill in use today. It consists of two separate tanks, one for propane fuel and another for pressurized air that’s mixed with the gas before it flows through to the burners under your cooking grate. The flames you see coming out of your grill are actually invisible infrared energy produced by this super-heated air when it mixes with the natural gas flowing through it! Most models give you around 25,000 BTU of heat coming from the burners.
Natural Gas Grills
This type of grill is a touch different from propane models, as it doesn’t use an additional tank to mix air with gas before flowing out through your burner system. This makes natural gas grills quieter and more efficient than propane models. They still require a regulator, so you can adjust the flow of both types of fuel going into your burners.
Some grills have burners that aren’t large round ones like you see on most standard units – they consist of a long skinny tube made up of several smaller tubes joined together in a special pattern to create even, consistent flames! These are called infrared grills or sometimes linear deck-style burners. They can reach temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (540 Celsius), and the cooking grates are typically very close to them to help sear in that tasty grilled flavor – just like you’d get at your favorite restaurant!
Flat Top Grills
Sometimes called a char or char-grill, this type of grill is usually made up of three sections with flat burners set into the top section. The actual grate on which food gets cooked is located above, but it’s stationary while the burner system lies below with its own adjustable control valve. This allows you to hold certain foods up away from the direct flame by sliding them off to one side when they’re done cooking – something standard round burners don’t allow. A flat-top gas grill is great for things like pancakes, bacon, and eggs!
A freestanding grill doesn’t have a base unit that’s secured to the ground or a deck. It can be moved around your patio or yard with ease when you’re done cooking. This makes it easy to use just about anywhere, which is why it’s one of the most popular types of barbecue grills in America! A freestanding grill usually has two separate sections – one for food preparation and another where the actual burners are located (usually underneath).
Built-in Gas Grill
A built-in model gets set directly into either an outdoor kitchen or other permanent structures such as a deck, another type of building, or even a stone wall surrounding your patio. The cooking surface is usually made of porcelain-coated cast iron, and the burners underneath are stainless steel tubes. These grills tend to be incredibly high quality and perfect for use as an elaborate outdoor cooking system that’s as beautiful as it is functional!
How Do Gas Grills Work?
To use a gas grill, you’ll first need to connect it to a supply of natural gas or propane using either the standard 20-pound tank (for home models) or larger 50 to 100-pound cylinders (for commercial and industrial units). You’ll also need an adjustable regulator valve that controls the pressure at which the fuel flows into your burners.
The burner system itself can be made up of as few as two tubes to as many as five, six, or even eight! Each tube is surrounded by an open flame that’s fed through small holes in the metal tube walls. When you turn on your grill, these flames will ignite and blue around the edge of each hole – but they won’t appear under your food until you adjust down the flow of fuel to your burners.
Once you’ve got natural gas or propane flowing to the correct tube(s) and the right amount of pressure, all you need to do is adjust down the control knob on each burner until it starts producing an open flame. That’s when you know that your grill is ready for cooking! You can then adjust up or down while flipping burgers, steaks and more to get them just right before removing them from the unit.
This type of natural gas system doesn’t typically include an ignition button because electric spark igniters are unnecessary – these systems will simply begin creating their individual flames once there’s enough pressure inside! If one or more of your tubes fails, however, or if they aren’t lit for some reason, you’ll see a “prime” button which you can press to ignite the flame manually.
Gas Grills Pros and Cons
The biggest pro when it comes to gas grills is of course how easy they are to use. You simply open up the lid, turn on your burners and start cooking! There’s no need to wait for a charcoal grill to get hot enough or clean out ash, so if you’re short on time you’ll definitely appreciate this aspect of a gas unit.
Gas grills also don’t typically get as hot as propane or charcoal units, so they’re great for things like low-temperature smoking. In addition, they have significantly less potential to cause flare-ups because their primary source of fuel isn’t molten red-hot lava from burning coals – instead, there’s a smaller chance that some food particles will fall onto the burner and create a flame.
As far as cons go, you’ll need to know that natural gas units tend to be significantly more expensive than their propane counterparts. They’re also harder to use in colder climates because they can’t easily be set up near an exterior wall if your home is very well insulated.
If you’re looking for something that’s more of a jack-of-all-trades than a specialist, a gas grill is definitely the way to go! Whether you want something with 10 burners for high volume cooking or just two for warming food on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there’s a model out there that can do it all without making too big of a dent in your wallet.
Safety Tips for Using Gas Grills
No matter what type of gas grill you have at home, there are a few safety tips everyone should know before using them:
– Always read the manual thoroughly before setting up your grill – this ensures you know everything about how it works and where all important parts are located! Also check out online forums or videos on YouTube if any questions come up during assembly or general usage.
– Be sure to clean your grill out every so often to remove any leftover food particles. The buildup of grease can catch fire easily, which is why you should always have a spray bottle full of water with you during cookout time!
– Never leave children unattended around the grill – keep them safely away at all times, no matter what type of gas grill you have! Kids are naturally curious about everything and may try to touch hot surfaces or even turn knobs on their own. If you’re hosting an outdoor event for kids, it’s best to either use a charcoal grill instead or put up some kind of fence between them and your propane model.
– Keep pets away from the cooking area too, as they might accidentally get burned by touching something hot!
– When you’re done cooking, always make sure the control knobs are turned off and the propane tank is disconnected from your grill before going inside or leaving it unattended. A lot of accidents involving gas grills happen because someone forgot to turn a knob off, so set a kitchen timer if necessary to remind yourself!
– Make sure you have all your supplies ready for fire cleanup – have a bucket of sand on hand in case anything catches fire, and some type of industrial-strength cleaner to remove grease stains from surfaces after they cool down. Cleaning up after a barbecue is just as important as making sure the food itself tastes good!
Types of Charcoal Grills
There are two types of charcoal grills: traditional and kettle. Traditional charcoal grills, as the name implies, have a large cooking area that is slightly elevated. They also use a chimney starter to light the coals. Kettle-style charcoal grills are more common than their traditional counterparts because they lack some features yet cost less.
Traditional Charcoal Grills
As the name implies, these grills have more of a classical design with an open top and larger cooking area—typically about 300 square inches. A cover sits atop the grate to help retain heat and smoke while locking in moisture. The bottom half has one or two openings for adding fresh coals or wood chips without removing food from the grill. These grills may also have side baskets, where you place coals to create zones of heat.
To light a traditional charcoal grill, set up your chimney starter with the coals inside and fill it with crumpled newspaper or paraffin starter cubes. Light the paper or cubes in several places and let the coals burn until they’re covered with gray ash. Dump them into the bottom of your grill, spreading them evenly throughout. Assemble your grill and place food on the grate directly above the area where you added fresh coals. Close the cover for one to two hours, depending on how hot you want it to be.
Kettle Charcoal Grills
As their name suggests, these grills are shaped like a kettle—flat with a rounded bottom and domed lid. Most have the chimney starter built into the center of the grate, making them easy to light because you don’t need newspaper or paraffin cubes. It’s even possible to use an electric starter for this type of grill, which can be helpful on cold days when the newspaper won’t stay lit.
To add charcoal to your kettle grill, simply pour it through one of the openings on the side or in the bottom—away from where you add fresh coals. The bigger opening on top is used for dumping outspent coals and ash while replenishing food on the grate without removing it from the cooker. Kettle grills typically have a cooking area about half that of a traditional grill, so plan accordingly.
Charcoal Grill Pros and Cons
Because they’re inexpensive and easy to use, kettle charcoal grills are more popular than traditional ones—which have more options for cooking. With a traditional grill, you can decide on one or more zones of heat just by adding fresh coals to an empty section underneath your food. Kettle grills can do this but add fuel through the top only, which is less precise. Traditional charcoal grills also allow for smoking; however, the best way to do this is with a smoker box made specifically for these types of grills (see below).
What’s good: Charcoal grilling has many advantages over gas. For instance, meat becomes infused with smoky flavors and acquires a crisp, blackened exterior. It also allows for more flexibility on the part of the cook—especially on traditional grills with multiple cooking zones. What’s not: Charcoal is messy and smoky (which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your preference). You’ll need to spend some time getting it started and maintaining the coals throughout the cooking process. And if you’re using charcoal as a heat source for smoking food, don’t expect it to get hot enough right away.
How Do Charcoal Grills Work?
You light up charcoal outdoors in much the same way you ignite your stovetop at home. Lightweight briquettes are made from sawdust wood by-products bound together with additives that help them burn longer and more evenly. The most common type of briquette is made from petroleum coke.
You can light up your grilling fire several different ways, depending on how much control you want over the heat source. The simplest method is to use an electric starter or chimney starter—an upright container with a grate at the bottom for holding the charcoal, surrounded by flammable insulating material (such as paraffin cubes) to direct airflow. Pushing an electrical starter button ignites a hot coil inside the chamber; crumpling paper under this grate will also do the trick if you don’t have electricity handy.
The next step up in terms of complexity is lighting your charcoal with lighter fluid. This provides more controllability than an electric starter since you can choose the intensity of the flame and keep it turned down low if necessary. However, lighter fluid can leave a nasty taste on your food if some drips onto the coals while they’re burning.
There’s also an attachment for your charcoal grill that heats up briquettes without any lighter fluid—just like using a gas grill. You simply place these chimney-like devices under your grate and light them through holes in the bottom. Called heat beads or heat disks, they work just like firestarters except that fuel is already inside them when you buy them. Burning off this fuel creates lots of smoke that will flavor your food with no problem—and there’s no danger of using too much lighter fluid.
Attaching heat beads to your grill grate is a bit more complicated than lighting standard charcoal briquettes, but the upside is that you don’t run the risk of caustic chemicals getting into your food’s flavor profile. Plus, they get hotter faster and stay hot longer—so if you want to sear meat before grilling it, this will do the trick quickly and easily.
Safety Tips for Using Charcoal Grills
Ensure there is adequate ventilation in the area where you’re grilling: never use a charcoal grill indoors or on balconies with poor air circulation. Open windows and doors while cooking; also, be sure doors leading outside are open while adding coals or opening vents to release heat.
Charcoal is a potential fire hazard if left unattended, so you should never leave your grill or smoker when using this method. Add new coals sparingly and wait for the flames to die down before adding more—and never add extra fuel after your food is cooking on the grill unless all of the coals have been extinguished by water or another means.
Clean your grills regularly with a stiff wire brush, removing leftover ash that can cause flare-ups and make your utensils dirty. Do not use soap to clean your grill: the high temperatures will burn it off, but residue may stick to some surfaces long-term and affect how well food cooks on them in future sessions of grilling.
Finally, never move a charcoal grill with coals burning beneath it—the coals should be extinguished before moving.
A pellet grill is a type of smoker/oven that uses small round wood pellets as a heat source for cooking instead of using traditional fuel. It works similar to other types of smokers, but it heats up faster and some models can cook with temperatures above 400 degrees Fahrenheit ( if you need a higher temperature, check out the Kamado Grill ).
The pellets are made from compressed sawdust from different types of hardwood such as hickory or apple; this new technology allows the grills to burn hotter and with less smoke than traditional smokers. A pellet grill has its own thermostat and automatically feeds the wood pellets into the firepot according to how fast the temperature inside rises. No more having to tend a fire and refill water pans!
Cooking with a pellet grill is easy because the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much as other grills. The pellets are controlled by an electric thermostat that feeds them into the firepot when you set the desired cooking temp, so your food comes out tender and juicy every time.
How Do Pellet Grills Work?
There are three components in a pellet smoker: the firepot, the hopper and the temperature controller. The firepot is where you start barbecuing – when heat from the fire reaches a certain temperature, it turns red hot and starts to smoke inside a closed system.
The “hopper” is actually a small storage area for wood pellets that constantly feed them into the firepot. A motor feeds pellets into a tube which leads to your grill’s firepot. This way your food gets smoked all day long without you having to tend to anything; this allows you to relax on your patio or deck while grilling!
Pros And Cons of Using Pellet Grills
Pros And Cons of Using Pellet Grills
There are many benefits of using pellet grills instead of traditional smokers…
Cooking is Easier
Traditional smokers are messy to use and difficult to handle, requiring you to monitor the fire constantly. A pellet grill makes barbecuing easier because it has an automated pellet feed system. All you have to do is set your desired cooking temperature when the grill heats up, then leave it alone until done!
No More Temperature Fluctuations
Pellets provide a consistent heat source in the grill – they don’t burn out too soon or underperform like other types of fuel do. This allows you to cook with accurate temperatures throughout the whole time you’re barbecuing. No more cold spots in your food or burnt ends! You’ll get perfect results every time.
Your Food Comes Out Juicier and Tastier
Pellets make barbecuing more flavorful – the wood pellet flavors seep into your food while cooking, giving it a smokey kick! This can be especially beneficial if you like smoky BBQ sauce or rubs. You get the same quality of flavor without having to spend all day tending to it.
Cons of Using Pellet Grills
There are still some drawbacks to using pellet grills; although they’re great in many ways, you still might want something with a bit more control:
No Temperature Control (Temporarily)
Because pellet grills use an automated system that controls and feeds pellets into the firepot, you don’t have direct control over temperature or when pellets go in. This is only a disadvantage when you first start using the grill. You can adjust your cooking times and how much pellet firepot goes to reach desired temps, but the grills lack a digital control board for custom settings.
Pellets Are Expensive
They’re worth it in the long run, but pricier than other types of fuel such as wood or charcoal… moreover, they don’t last very long at all! On average pellets last 8-10 hours which means that if you do full-day cooking sessions, you’ll need to stock up on them pretty often.
Safety Tips for Using Pellet Grills
To ensure your safety and prevent damaging your grill:
Don’t Use Grease/Oil Anymore – The fat will burn off in the heat so you won’t need to coat it anymore. Just spray or rub some on before putting food on the grill.
Make Sure Pellets Receive Proper Airflow – If your pellets are allowed to get clogged up by air flow, they’re more likely to catch fire and cause a fire – NEVER use foil on top of the pellet hopper!
Avoid Overloading Your Grill with Pellets (Temporarily) – When starting out with your new grill, don’t put too many wood pellets into the hopper at once; this can prevent them from feeding properly and create “hotspots” where levels aren’t distributed evenly throughout the grilling area.
Don’t Preheat for Longer than 20 Minutes – If you’re cooking something thick like a roast, don’t preheat for longer than 20 minutes at high temps. Otherwise, your meat will burn on the outside before it’s cooked on the inside.
Special Tips for New Grills
New pellet grills can be difficult to use at first due to their advanced digital components which require an understanding of how they work. Follow these tips to learn how to use pellet grills quickly and effectively:
Practice Makes Perfect! – You’ll have to practice often so you know exactly how much wood pellets are needed in your grill for desired temps. Try running through some tests before grilling up your food so you don’t risk ruining it!
Don’t Get Caught Off Guard – Always stay with your grill when it’s cooking. You need to make sure that pellets are still feeding, the fire stops if you open the lid, etc… If there are any problems, you want to spot them before something goes wrong!
Pellets Are Not Perfect – Just like other types of fuel, wood pellets aren’t perfect and can be unpredictable; sometimes they burn out too early or fail to catch. This is why it’s important to keep a close eye on pellet grills: don’t get distracted doing something else while barbecuing.
Electric grills are very similar to traditional charcoal-fired outdoor grills in that they both cook your food by heat conduction. However, electric grills use an electrical heating element or burner instead of the traditional fire source. Electric grills are typically portable, but there are also built-in electric models available for installation in a permanent location.
How Do Electric Grills Work?
The working components of an electric grill include the following: An electrical heating element (the “burner”) to produce heat; A cooking grate, which is metal bars or wires close enough to form a continuous cooking surface; A power cord; and an electric regulator control switch to adjust the voltage output (and thus the level of heat) produced by the heating element. Most modern electric grills have a non-stick coating on the cooking grate, which makes it easier to clean and prevents food from sticking.
Electric grills are typically cheaper than other outdoor grilling appliances such as gas grills. Electric grills also produce less heat than gas and charcoal grills, so they require more time for preheating. However, electric grills do not emit any harmful gases or ashes. You can safely use an electric grill indoors or in even small outdoor areas that prohibit open flames or fumes from combustible fuels. It’s important to note that modern electric grills differ from toasters in that the former uses a heating element while the latter cuts through bread to heat its interior.
Pros And Cons of Using Electric Grills
Pros of Using Electric Grills
Here are some benefits of using electric grills:
Ease of Use – Electric grills is very easy to use. All you have to do is plug the unit into an electrical socket, turn it on, and select the appropriate temperature setting. There’s no need for lighter fluid or propane tanks. You can even set one up right next to your outdoor dining table without casting any harmful fumes over your food.
Safety – Electric grills are safe to use indoors because they don’t give off any hazardous fumes that could potentially accumulate in poorly ventilated rooms. They’re also safer than traditional charcoal grills since they produce less heat–less chance of catching nearby objects (or yourself) on fire!
Economy – Since there’s no need to buy charcoal or lighter fluid, electric grills are less expensive than standard outdoor grills. This makes them a more affordable option for casual cooks and hobbyists.
Ease of Cleaning – Most modern electric grills have non-stick cooking surfaces, which means you can clean your grill with just a damp cloth. You don’t need to scrub the grate as vigorously as you would if it had not been treated with a coating, either.
Cons of Using Electric Grills
Here are some disadvantages that come with using an electric grill:
Slow Cooking Time – It takes longer to cook your food on an electric grill because the unit doesn’t produce any additional heat by burning charcoal or wood chips. For example, most gas patio grills take about 10 to 15 minutes to pre-heat, whereas an electric grill may take around half an hour.
Performance – Electric grills aren’t as efficient as gas or charcoal models because the heating element only transmits heat from one location instead of distributing it more uniformly over the cooking grate. For this reason, many electric grills come with a rotisserie option, which helps food cook more evenly by constantly rotating it throughout the cooking process.
Heat Distribution/Direct Contact – Since they use a heating element and not flames or coals, electric grills typically produce less intense heat than gas and charcoal units. That’s why many models come with moveable plates that you can adjust according to your preferences (e.g., “high” for fast cooking, “low” for slow cooking, and so on).
Portable grills are small grilling devices that can be transported and used for outdoor cooking whenever required. They come with a simple design and do not require permanent installation in order to work. Most grill models use propane or natural gas as fuel sources, and may also come with a standard electrical connection socket for the same purpose. Since they are portable, these grills can be moved from one place to another easily.
How Do Portable Grills Work?
Because portable grills are not permanently attached to the outside of buildings, they must be small and lightweight. As a result, many traditional methods of cooking do not work for them, and they rely on new and interesting forms of heating and cooking instead. Some portable grills use wood as their main form of fuel; these grills, often called smokers or barbecues, ignite stacks of wood chips which slowly burn through possibly hours at a time to create smoke that flavors the meat. Others use petroleum-based fuels such as Naptha or propane to heat metal coils within the grill. Finally, there is gas burning technology which uses high-pressure liquid petroleum (LP) gas stored in tanks beneath the grill surface.
Portable Grills Pros and Cons
– Small and lightweight for easy transportation to locations where grilling would not otherwise be possible.
– Portable grills are easy to clean compared to larger models, which makes them perfect for camping trips or outside events.
– Some portable grills allow you to choose the flavor of your meal by allowing you to add additional combustible materials while cooking, such as wood chips or charcoal briquettes.
– Gas grills are available with control knobs that will let you cook at precise temperatures, giving you high-quality meals every time!
– Many portable grill designs include carrying handles for ease in transporting them from place to place.
– Due to their size, they are often difficult to purchase in stores that only stock larger grills.
– Portable grill designs frequently don’t have many cooking options beyond placing food directly on the surface or using a pan placed over the open flame.
– It can be difficult to control heat levels with some portable grills, which can lead to scorched meats or simply not cooked foods.
Types Of Kamado Grills
Kamado grills are a type of smoker made from ceramics or metal – most often they have a thick ceramic dome-shaped body with a thick insulated base, and they work by heating air inside the kamado through an opening in the bottom of the grill. This causes the air to become very hot, which then is used to cook your food.
The three types of kamados are:
Ceramic Kamado Grills
These types of kamados can be difficult to use at first because you need to learn how to regulate heat through airflow, but once mastered it’s easy as pie! Albeit a little smoky… The biggest advantage is that these types of kamados can maintain low temperatures very well, which is ideal for smoking meats.
Stainless Steel Kamado Grills
These types of kamados are easy to use and maintain heat better than ceramic kamados. However, they’re more expensive to buy in the first place. They’re good at maintaining low cooking temperatures too. One disadvantage of these types of grills is that they don’t breathe air in quite as easily, meaning that cooking on them can be a little smoky until you get used to them!
Hybrid Kamado Grills
The hybrid models are basically somewhere between the two above types; they have some features from both types so it’s easier to learn how to cook with them when starting out with charcoal grilling. They tend to be somewhere in between when it comes to price too.
Kamado Grills Pros and Cons
– Very efficient at maintaining low cooking temperatures
– Good airflow control
– Once mastered, they’re easy to use
– Can be difficult to learn how to use at first
– Very smoky until the airflow is mastered
– Expensive for beginners
How Do Kamado Grills Work?
A kamado grill works by heating either ceramic or metal inside so it becomes very hot, which is used to cook your food. Kamados have a vent in the base of the grill through which air is heated and rises to the top of the dome, where it is then pulled over across the food by a draft created by a gap in between two pieces of iron at the bottom rim.
Kamado grills come in various sizes from small tabletop models to large kamados that seat six or more people! You can buy all sorts of accessories for them too, such as cast-iron cooking grids with raised rails on either side for holding skewers, etc.
The most important thing about using any type of charcoal smoker with this design is learning how airflow works with these types of units so you can master getting even heat distribution around your grill without burning your food.
What Is The Best Grill For Steaks??
Because of the high heat and short cooking times, a charcoal grill is usually preferred for searing steaks. The intense heat provides fast, dry heat which produces a nice sear on the steak’s surface. The availability of different types of coals (e.g., lump charcoal, briquettes) allows the cook some options in terms of generally available fuel and cost; while some prefer one type of charcoal over another (lump vs briquette), it is an individual preference and not typically a distinguishing factor between good grills.
What Is The Best Grill For Burgers?
Burgers can be grilled on most any kind or style of grill, but they do best when cooked over direct high heat. When a charcoal grill is used, it is advisable to preheat the cooking grate to its highest temperature. Burgers should be turned only once during cooking and not more than once or twice. If a thin burger is desired , patties can be thinned with a spoon pressed firmly against the top of the patty as it cooks.
What Is The Best Grill For Vegetables?
Vegetables do not require intense heat and high-temperature grilling, so any grill type will work well. The vegetables should be brushed with oil and placed on the grill away from direct radiant heat (indirect). What might make one grill preferable over another in terms of grilling vegetables would simply be personal preference rather than performance issues; some people prefer the thicker ceramic-type cooking grates over the thin metal variety, for example.
What Is The Best Grill For Grilling Fish?
Fish should be cooked over low to medium heat. The fish cooks best on a grill with a lid and away from direct radiant heat (indirect). Fish cooks quickly, so it is easily scorched if left on the grill too long. Adding oil or butter will help keep the fish skin from sticking to the cooking grate and will add flavor.
There are many grills out there and it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. But, we’ve done the research so that you don’t have to! After reading this blog post, hopefully you feel confident about how to choose a grill that will suit your needs and personality type. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog today; please take a look at our other posts in case they may help with any of your home improvement projects. We hope to see you again soon!