BBQs exist in almost any backyard, Toronto to the most rural of places, we all take pleasure in sparking up our BBQ and preparing a great meal. Purchasing a BBQ is no different from a large kitchen appliance in fact BBQ are commonly referred to as outdoor appliances. Given that a BBQ purchase is important here are some useful tips on how and what to look for in your next BBQ.
BBQ Purchasing Tips;
- Your budget – need to a set budget like any purchase and find the selection of BBQs in that range.
- Your cooking area – determine your cooking or grilling area and this will tell you whether you should be looking 3, 4, 5 or even a 6 burner BBQ.
- What you cook – in combination with the cooking area you need for quantity of food think about what you cook most this will see if your decision in the size of a BBQ is sufficient. If you like eating steak and fish both are grilled at much different temperatures. If you opt for a larger BBQ with more burners you can actually cook them both at the same time using separate grilling areas.
- You get what you pay for – Like anything price matters. When dealing with any appliance especially a barbecue the quality of workmanship, parts, and construction will determining how long your BBQ will last.
- BTU’s- British Thermal Units are often rated by customers, the popular thinking is that more the better. In most cases judge the BTUs are 1 factor in combination with the grill type (cast, steel or stainless), the construction of the hood and ventilation. You can have a high BTU BBQ with a sub-standard lid and poor grills which essentially means your BBQ gets hot but when you open the lid your grills loose all their heat.
- BBQ Construction – Whats the BBQ made of? 304 stainless steel is ideal for any BBQ but many use a stainless steel that will rust quickly. If its stainless steel find out what quality.
- Warranties – Are you purchasing a BBQ that parts are readily available for?
- Fuel Source – What is your fuel source going to be natural gas, propane, charcoal.
- Electric BBQs – If you live in a condo fresh on the market are electric BBQs that sit on your balcony. Ensure you speak with condo management to ensure they meet regulations and fire code.
- Conversion Kits – If you believe at some point in the future you will convert a propane BBQ to natural gas find out prior to purchase if the BBQ is able to do this.
- Your speciality patio furniture & BBQ stores are a great source of information and can give you more one on one time in assisting you make an informed decision.