With summer lurking around the corner it is now time to get excited about doing some grilling. You can grill just about anything from vegetables, hot dogs, burgers, steak, and chicken. Not to mention that it is much easier to host dinner parties and BBQ’s as well since most of the cooking is done outside. There is less cleanup involved and it is less crowded inside the house. Overall, BBQ’s are great. And if you are needing one, then we will show you a few tips to save some money before making your first purchase. It is more important to find something made of quality parts as that will save you money in the long term.
Saving Money On a Gas Grill
When it comes to saving money on a gas grill the first thing that you need to do is asses your needs. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:
- How big is my family?
- Will we BBQ often?
- Will we entertain frequently and if so how many guests at a time?
- Does it need to be portable?
- How much space do I have?
How to Buy a Gas Grill
The last question is probably the most important with the next being the size of your family. You can put a tiny BBQ into a big hole but you can not take a big one and shove it into a tiny hole. It is very important to get one that will fit, be out of the way, and give needed clearance between it and the house. Entertaining can also be quite difficult to enjoy with a tiny BBQ as it will take longer to cook for everyone. If possible, go a little bit bigger than you think you need.
Other factors to take into consideration is the quality of the BBQ. A well constructed BBQ should last you 5 years or more without any problems. When looking at BBQ’s you should check to make sure it was well constructed and sturdy. Give it a good shake and make sure nothing wobbles or feels loose in general. The handle should give plenty of clearance for your hands and securely fastened to the lid. You want to be sure the lid shuts and seals well. The grates should not be constructed of chrome plating as this will rust over time and cost you money. If at possible, go with as much stainless steel as you can afford. Stainless is durable and will not rust and looks fantastic.
You will also want to make sure there is some sort of grease trap. Hot grease can ruin a nice deck pretty quickly. And it would be preferred to have a deeper pan if possible to prevent overflow. Btu’s (British Thermal Units) are important and should accommodate the size of the grill. For a 600 square inch grill you should have 35,000 BTUs which will reach temps of 550-600 degrees.
And the last thing you need to look at is who the manufacture is. It is possible to need parts down the road or assistance and it would be ideal to be taken care of if needed in the future. You should not have to spend more money to achieve this.
The ideal times to buy a grill are normally right before the season starts like May or June and after the summer is over in September and October. You can find many sales online as well and may be able to find free shipping in the off season. Many sales will start around $100 and work their way up to several thousand. It will depend mostly on the size you have available and room. As we have mentioned above, be sure to find a quality grill with quality components. This will save you money in the long run and if combined with a great sale, you will have found yourself a great deal.