By Azure Nelson,
Published Sep 10, 2009
Summer is almost over, but remember, your wedding registry
covers the whole year! This week’s Amazon registry
tip is on one of summer’s hottest
kitchen accessories, the grill!
Price and preference--two things you'll need to consider when shopping for your dream grill. The average grill requires new parts about every 14 months. So when it comes to price tags, paying more for a better grill now will save you money later on. As for preference, from propane to charcoal, the fuel that powers a grill determines how you'll need to care for it, the flavor of food, the cooking time, and your cooking method.
Propane and Natural Gas Grills
Less expensive per use, propane gas burns cleaner and ignites faster than charcoal--pushbutton electric or rotary lighters will have you grilling in about 10 minutes. In addition, gas grills often include side burners, rotisseries, warming baskets, and other bonus features for the seven-course outdoor chef. Natural gas models differ from propane models in that they connect directly to a fuel line attached to your home--so there are no tanks to replace and you won't run out of fuel mid-steak.
Charcoal grills use briquettes, wood, or a combination of both. Though a charcoal grill may be initially less expensive than gas models, over time the purchase of wood and briquettes adds up. Charcoal also takes longer to ignite than gas--depending on the size of the grill you may have to wait 15 to 30 minutes before you're ready to cook. Plus, when the barbecue's over, you'll need to dispose of leftover ashes. Nevertheless, for the intense smoked flavor barbecue aficionados crave, nothing beats a charcoal grill.
What are you going to miss most about the summer?