Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Three Most Popular Grill Comparison II

Comparison by Criteria

Gas grills: LP Gas, Natural Gas
Charcoal Grills: Briquette Charcoal
Kamado Grills: Natural Lump Charcoal

Char-Broil Quantum Infrared Urban Gas Grill with Folding Side Shelves

Gas grills: Allows for some level of grilled taste by allowing, dripping to vaporize on hot lava rocks and burner covers. A smoker box with wood chips can add a modest level of smokiness.
Charcoal Grills: Adds charcoal smoked, flavor to grilled food; even more if used in a smoker. Briquettes contain additives like borax, starch and sawdust from waste lumber. "Ready to Light" briquettes can leave an after taste to food.
Kamado Grills: True charcoal flavor. Natural lump charcoal is made from charred hardwoods like oak, hickory and maple. Excellent for grilling and especially for smoking meats.

Char Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas GrillEASE OF USE
Gas grills:  Very convenient for start up and shut down after cooking. Great for "last minute" grilling.
Charcoal Grills: Less convenient than gas and requires little guesswork to achieve the desired temperature.
Kamado Grills: Less convenient than gas and the desired temperature is achieved adjusting the air flow. Easy-to-read thermometer.

Gas grills: Lights immediately and ready in 10-15 minutes.
Charcoal Grills: The longest start up time at 20-30 minutes.
Kamado Grills: Ready to cook in 15 minutes.

Primo 779 Ceramic Kamado Charcoal Smoker Grill, Large RoundTEMPERATURE RANGES
Gas grills: Low temperatures can be easily achieved. Entry levels units average 500 F for the highest temperature, while more expensive models are required to go above 600 F properly to sear meats. Low temperatures can be achieved.
Charcoal Grills: Depending on the amount of briquette charcoal, you can achieve temperatures near 700 F. Average high temperatures hover around 500 F for most models.
Kamado Grills: Consistent temperatures as low as 225 F and as high as 750 F+ can be achieved easily. Low temperatures can be retained for 12 hours or longer for smoking.

Bayou Classic Cypress Ceramic Charcoal GrillFUEL COST
Gas grills: Depending on current LP gas prices you can expect it to cost about $1.00 an hour to operate. Natural gas cost is lower, but a new regulator will need to be installed as well as a main line connection.
Charcoal Grills: Using a volume of six quarts of briquettes, you can expect a cost on average of $3.00-$3.50 per cooking and depending on the brand.
Kamado Grills: Using a volume of six quarts of natural lump charcoal for cooking, on average you can expect a cost of about $1.50-$1.75 depending on the brand.

Weber 10020 Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill, BlackASSEMBLY
Gas grills: They can be complicated to assemble; especially the high-end models. You should expect a 2-3 hour assembly time.
Charcoal Grills: Pretty straightforward when it comes to assembly. Depending on the model you can expect a 15-30 minute assembly time.
Kamado Grills: Comes fully or partially assembled. Typically, it's a matter of inserting the internal parts and placing it in the cart. Average times is 15-30 minutes.

Gas grills: Carries the most maintenance and monitoring time. You'll need to refill the tank, check the lines, venturi tubes and replace the grates as needed.
Charcoal Grills: Typically a very simple design, so there is not a lot to maintain other than replacing the cooking grate if it begins to chip or rust.
Kamado Grills: Annually check the tightness of the band screws that hold the base and lid and connect to the hinge. Replace felt gaskets as needed; generally every 2-3 years.

Gas grills: Regularly clean the burners, igniter collector box, and drip trays. Clean the cooking grate before grilling by turning the grill to high for 10-15 minutes, then brush the grates. Cast irons grates require regular oiling. And ceramic coated grated should not be scraped to prevent flaking of the coating.
Charcoal Grills: Briquette charcoal produces a lot of ash residue. If you grill often, consider a model with an ash catcher can. Brush or scrape the cooking grate before cooking and occasionally clean the outside.
Kamado Grills: Produces one-third the ash of briquettes, however an ash tool is usually provided that removes it. Brush or scrape the cooking grate before cooking.

Gas grills: Typically needs the most space, and should only be considered for good-sized patios and decks.
Charcoal Grills: A small area is needed and they are a good choice for limited outdoor space like an apartment balcony. Check your rental agreement for restrictions.
Kamado Grills: Works well in a limited outdoor space. They can also be inserted in a grill table for an additional working surface and storage.

Marsh Allen 30052 Cast Iron Hibachi 10 by 18-Inch Charcoal GrillPRICE RANGES
Gas grills: Entry level gas grills can be as low as $100, expect to pay $500-$1,500 for a durable grill with decent features. Commercial grades outdoor grills can cost in the thousands.
Charcoal Grills: You can get a tailgate style grill for as low as $20. Standard models will run around $75-$150 and up to $500 for deluxe models.
Kamado Grills: Standard size Kamado grills range in price from $850-$1,000. Depending on the desired accessories you can spend $50-$250. If you add a grill table plan to spend $250-$750 more.

Gas grills: If you prefer added flavor you should consider a model with a smoker box. Consider how much working space you need on the grill itself and if you will regularly need side burners to keep food warm. Determine how much you plan to cook and the maximum amount of food you will grill at any one time. This help you determing the cooking area needed.
Charcoal Grills: The model and features you need depends on how much you grill. If you're an infrequent griller look for a basic model with enough capacity of your needs. If you grill often an ash can catcher will be invaluable. The more expensive models allow you to adjust the cooking grate for flexible cooking and some offer fireboxes for indirect cooking and a propane gas feature for starting.
Kamado Grills: All Kamado grills are not the same. Some use inferior ceramics and cheap hardware. Choose a manufacturer with a full line of accessories for the types of cooking you plan to do. Heat deflector are a good choice for indirect cooking whether you're grilling , baking or smoking. If you're looking for working space and/or storage space, consider a grill table

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