Grill Basics: Parts of the Grill

Learn the parts of the grill before heading to the store. This way you'll be sure your new purchase matches all your grilling needs.

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    Start with Size

    If you entertain many people at once, you'll need a bigger grill. If not, a smaller grill may be a better choice. It will cost less and take up less of your precious deck and patio space.

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    Grate

    Look for quality stainless steel and porcelain-coated metal grates. Heavier grates sear meat better so it holds in more flavor.

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    Finish

    Grade 304 stainless steel is the standard for grills. Check with a magnet. It shouldn't stick. Porcelain-enamel finishes are also rugged and come in attractive colors.

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    Storage

    Door racks, hooks, and towel bars make a grill much more functional. Make sure the propane tank of a gas grill is easy to remove and replace.

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    Heat Output

    BTUs (British thermal units) are the standard measurement used to state the amount of energy that a fuel has as well as the amount of output of heat. 100 BTUs per square inch of cooking area is about right.

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