The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Barbeque Grills
What types of fuel do grills use?
The majority of grills either use charcoal briquets or propane as their main fuel source. You cannot use charcoal briquets in a propane barbeque grill. Likewise, you cannot use propane on a charcoal barbeque grill. You can, however, use a variety of fuel sources such as wood chips or natural briquets made of crushed coconut shells or other organic ingredients in a charcoal grill. Propane grills also use different sizes of propane tanks. Larger grills use a large propane tank that can be refilled and provide enough propane to grill several times. Smaller grills, like portable or tabletop grills, use small, disposable propane tanks that are only good for a few uses.
Should I choose a charcoal or propane grill?
Propane grills heat up faster and make it easier to regulate temperature. Charcoal grills take longer to heat up and make it harder to regulate temperature but may provide a smokier taste to foods. If you grill often or are located in a cold climate, you may want to purchase a propane grill. In addition, if you live in an apartment, you will want to check local regulations regarding whether or not you can use a charcoal grill. Many cities outlaw charcoal grills because of the greater potential for fire hazard.
What size of grill do I need?
Charcoal grills generally only offer one grate and are not as useful for cooking food for large parties. Propane grills, however, will often provide multiple grates for cooking a variety of foods. You can use the top grate for cooking foods that don't require as much direct heat. The bottom level, which is closer to the heat, can be used for chicken, burgers, brats and other meats. You can also purchase a smaller portable grill for tailgating, camping or using on small patios or porches. The size of grill you will need will depend on what you will use it for, what types of foods you plan on cooking on it and how many people you will need to cook for.
What else can I cook on my grill?
In addition to meats, you can grill fruits and vegetables or kebabs and you can even make pizza on a grill. Even propane grills will add a smokier flavor to foods than cooking them in a conventional oven. Some grills also come with interchangeable griddle plates, which allow you to cook breakfast foods like eggs, bacon and sausage or cook fajita vegetables on one side and grill fajita meat on the other. You can also use pans on a grill, so almost anything you can cook on a stove you can cook on a grill.