We’re finally getting some warm weather in Canada, which means it’s time to start grilling for the family. If you’re looking for a new grill, we’re Canada’s most trusted specialty store that will guide you through the Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Getting a New BBQ. We know there’s so many models, fuel types, shapes, sizes colours – and the list goes on. So, hold on tight and let’s get started.
What Type of Fuel Do I Want to Use?
The first thing to consider when buying a new BBQ is what type of fuel you'd like to use. The most common options are natural gas, liquid propane, wood pellets, charcoal, and electric. Gas and electric barbecues are the most convenient but many people prefer the smoky taste of a pellet smoker or charcoal grill. With that being said, a lot of people opt for propane rather than natural gas because they don't have a gas line.
However, we advise you think about this as a long-term plan; think about how you want to enjoy your grill for the next 5 to 10 years. If you plan to use your BBQ quite often, then changing a propane tank every month could get old, fast. In that case, you may want to install a gas line so that you can easily connect your barbecue and never has to worry about refueling.
How Much Space Do I Have?
Many people think this one is completely obvious, since it's intuitive a full-sized BBQ won't fit on your apartment balcony, for example. However, there's still a few more things to consider than just if it will fit.
First, you have to think about your heat clearances. You wouldn't want a grill that fits in your designated spot with just inches to spare - just to have your siding melt from the heat. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself at least 5 inches of empty space on either side of the barbecue and 10 inches for the back of it. Then, as you're looking for your grill, ask our experts what the manufacturer states is the safe heat-clearance for the particular model you like.
Secondly, if you have a large backyard, get a large barbecue. If you have a small patio, get a small grill. We recommend keeping it proportional because you wouldn't want a party of 20+ people in your big backyard ready to check out your new grill that only fits 4 steaks. You'll need a lot more surface area on your grill if you want everyone to eat a fresh juicy steak within the same hour. Similarly, you wouldn't want to get a 6-burner grill and only ever need a single burner.
What Features are Important to Me?
It shouldn't be a surprise that different grills have different features. With that being said:
- Do you want a side burner so you don't have to go inside for anything, such as your gravy or mashed potatoes?
- Do you want a rotisserie side burner because you like the pre-cooked ones you see at the grocery store and want to try it for yourself?
- Do you want a grill with an attached smoker box so you can get some extra wood-fired flavour from your gas or propane grill?
- Do you want a complete stainless-steel grill for easy cleaning?
- Do you want cast iron grill grates for that super seared steak?
What's My Budget?
Finally, it's important to consider your budget. For this one, we'll humble ourselves and won't speak on what you're willing to spend on a grill. However, we will remind you to add all the happy memories with friends and family you'll get over the years to how you value your new grill.
We hope these 5 questions helped in your decision-making process for getting a new grill for your home. If you like discounts, original recipes, and more, be sure to subscribe to our Hotline Newsletter by clicking here.
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