Making the decision that it’s finally time to buy an outdoor grill? That’s easy. The challenging part comes when it’s time to pick out a grill that’s a good fit for both your family and the space you have available.
There is a vast selection of tough, high-quality grills that can complete any number of different cooking tasks. The best way to make sure you’re completely happy with the grill you ultimately choose is by taking your time during the shopping process, and by considering the pros and cons of each option.
How Much Room Do You Have for an Outdoor Grill?
The first thing you’ll need to consider when determining the size of the grill you should purchase is, of course, how much space you have to work with.
Too often, people look at the spot where they intend to do the majority of their grilling and assume that as long as the total size of the grill doesn’t exceed that space, they’re golden. The problem is that in most cases, the grill won’t only be stored in that one single space. Unless you’ve purchased an island grill, the day will surely come when the grill needs to be stored inside, especially if you live in a region of the country that experiences all four seasons.
The best way to make sure you don’t end up with a grill that’s too large for your available space is by taking the time to measure before you even start to look at grills. In addition to recording the amount of square footage you have available, make a separate note of your chosen space’s available width, length and height. Knowing the measurements as you start the grill-shopping process eliminates the chances of your falling in love with a grill that’s too large.
When you measure the space where you plan to do your grilling, remember that you should add an additional three feet of space. This is the minimum amount of space all manufacturers recommend should exist between the grill and any buildings, shrubs, fences, or trees you are grilling near.
The next thing you’ll need to look at is the grill’s available cooking area, which is measured in square inches. In most cases, people find they’re happiest when they have about 500 square inches worth of cooking space, which is roughly the amount of cooking space you’ll find on a traditional three-burner grill.
Most people find 500 square inches of cooking space to be ample room to grill food for three to six people. If you have plans to routinely grill for large gatherings, you might want to consider a grill with additional burners, which will also increase the amount of cooking space available.
A grill is just one of the items you’ll need if you want to prepare home-grilled food for your family and friends outdoors. In no time at all, you’ll almost certainly find that in addition to the grill itself, you’ve also accumulated a large assortment of grilling accessories.
These accessories—as well as the marinades, sauces, and other food items you use when grilling specific meats—get placed on side shelves that attach to the side of your new grill.
Generally, these shelves are either collapsible or can be removed from the grill when it’s not in use. It’s important to remember that when you have the shelves extended, they will greatly increase the amount of space your grill takes up, especially when they’re fully extended. In fact, it’s not unusual for the shelving to double the size of your grill. If the grill also has a warming rack for buns, this will add even more size to the grill.
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