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Selecting a Grill for your Outdoor Kitchen

April 7, 2017

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There comes a point when it’s time to retire the old grill and upgrade to a newer, more efficient model. If you’re selecting a grill for your outdoor kitchen, there are a lot of aspects you’ll want to consider when making your decision. Here are some things to keep in mind when picking out a new grill for your outdoor kitchen.

Selecting a Grill for your Outdoor Kitchen

Set a Budget

Grills vary greatly when it comes to cost. Be sure to have a budget in mind before starting your search process. We’re not saying you have to stick to your set budget exactly, as there are some features or grills which could be another $100 that are well worth the spend. But, by having an idea of what you can afford you will be able to get a grill in your price range and which you won’t go bankrupt over.

Fuel Type

Nowadays, you can select between not only charcoal or gas, but also electric grills. While we know the electric grill is probably not for everyone, it’s still important to consider what type of fuel source you most prefer. Charcoal is the traditional grill fuel that adds a unique taste, but nothing beat the ease and dependability of a gas or electric grill.

Grill Size

Did your last grill feel a little cramped during some of your outdoor cook-outs? You can get a bigger grill if you like, they come in all shapes and sizes. It’s important that you measure the area where you will either place the built-in grill or house the portable one. Or consult with your Maryland outdoor kitchen contractor to see what sizes you can do. Either way, keep in mind the size of grill you’d like to have so you’re not left with buyer’s remorse over a grill that’s too small.

Any Add-Ons?

Grills are coming with all type of add-ons these days. You can get a warming drawer, side-burner, or even smoker units. Be sure to consider what you like to cook when you’re grilling, and try to incorporate those cooking elements into your new outdoor kitchen. Sometimes, these features will be part of the grill itself; such as side-burners, smokers, or cast-iron grill grates (for better searing).

Assess the Area

If you’re installing a new outdoor grill alongside, or as part of, a new outdoor kitchen it’s important to take into consideration the rest of the space. If your design is going to implement the use of stainless steel, then you’ll want a stainless steel grill to match. If your outdoor kitchen is going to include a sink and refrigerator and not have a whole lot of room for the grill, then you’ll want a grill with a smaller, more focused footprint.

North American Deck and Patio is a Maryland outdoor kitchen contractor with the experience and skill to help you build your outdoor kitchen. Contact us today for a free consultation and we can discuss your specific needs and wants for your outdoor space. Give us a call at 866-535-1961 or by filling out the form on our website, today!

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