Buying A Gas Grill: Part Two

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This is the second part of the buying a gas grill article series.

Understanding BTUs

If you’ve done your homework on gas grills, you will definitely come across BTUs as part of a characteristic of a gas grill. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit which is the amount of energy required to heat 1 pound of water from 39F to 40F. The higher the BTUs, the quicker the ability for gas grills to heat food. Some gas grills are very energy efficient and do not require high BTUs to achieve great grilling results compared to those that would require twice the amount of BTUs. Some gas grills have 2 or 3 gas burners which outputs more BTUs. A gas grill that has at least two or more individual burners allow for greater heat control.

Sometimes, less BTUs are better as it allows food to be cooked more efficiently. Larger gas grills have higher BTU as some of you might suspect since it has a larger cooking area.

Sturdy and Solid Construction

A gas grill set does not come ready made. You will need to set the whole thing up yourself. So you might find a good 1 hour trying to set it up. The issue is not with setting it up but the structure and stability of the gas grill itself after assembling it. Selecting a gas grill with a stable and solid construction is very important. A poorly built gas grill has the tendency to wiggle and may fall apart once set in place. Avoid buying a gas grill that is not displayed on the sales floor, make sure that there is a display available to be able to check out the stability of the gas grill before purchasing it so you can assess how steady the unit is.

Select a gas grill that is crafted of high-grade U.S. Steel and also go for a gas grill with a baked-on, porcelain enamel finish. Check that the grates are made from either cast iron, porcelain-coated cast iron or aluminum and stainless steel.


This isn’t something that comes across your mind but maintenance of a gas grill can be pretty expensive. Therefore, it is important to take this into consideration before getting one to keep it running for years to come. Some brands may be unreliable when it comes to getting help for maintenance while others just don’t last that long. Some brands claim good 5 year warranties but results may vary when using. It also depends on frequency of usage and the quality of the individual components itself. There are a few things you can do to.

  • Select a brand of gas grill that provides uncomplicated yet comprehensive product information and offers a toll-free customer service line.
  • Check if the brand provide trouble-free access to parts and services along with a reliable dealer network.

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