How to Buy a Charcoal Grill
For those of you who are grilling purists, nothing is better than a fine charcoal grill for cooking up those summertime meals. To learn some grilling secrets, keep reading.
Solid Construction - You want a grill that isn't going to fall apart after one season of use or loose a wheel after the first grilling. You want it to made of a high grade steel and have a baked on porcelain enamel finish to prevent rusting.
Cooking Grate - Very important because the thickness and material will affect how well the grate will hold and distribute the heat. The best materials are made out of cast iron or stainless steel. Next comes your porcelain enamel and then chrome-plated aluminum grates.
Size - Depending on how you are going to use it and what you are going to cook on it will determine the size you should consider. If you throw a lot of back yard parties and cook for a big crowd, you going to need something bigger than if it's just two of you who only grill occasionally.
Easy Clean Up - Look for a grill that has a trap door to remove used up charcoal for easy clean up. If you are grilling a lot, this feature can save you a ton of time.
Cool Handles - Make sure the handles are made of materials that don't get too hot when removing the lid or moving it around. May be a small item in the over all scheme until you burn your hand.
Adjustable - Some grills will allow you adjust the distance between the charcoal and the food. Very important feature for some grilling techniques. The more versatility, the more options you have when cooking.
Warranty - Even though charcoal grills aren't that expensive these days, make sure there is a long term warranty that comes with it.
Price - What do you want to pay and how long do you expect to own the grill? As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" and this is the case with any grill you buy. Stay away from the cheap ones but know you don't have to spend top dollar to get a good product.
Extras - Like buying a car, the leather seats look great, but are not necessary. Decide what you actually need in a grill and then if you can afford a few extras, go for them.
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