Get the Gas Grill You Need

Questions to consider before choosing a gas grill.

If your gas grill has seen better days and you're itching to get one of those big, shiny grills with all the bells and whistles, here are some questions you need to ask yourself to make the best possible choice and get the gas grill you need.

Tips for buying a gas grill

I know. It's hard. You go into your local garden supply store or home building store and you those rows upon rows of new shiny grills call out to you. It's human nature to go to the biggest and shiniest they've got.

Even if you're not going to buy the fanciest in the store -- you've just got to look.

Of course you want the one that has all the extras and looks the most impressive. That's just the way it is, and the stores know it. The tactic here is to overwhelm you and impress you with a large selection so you forget how much of a grill you really need.

Before you get carried away and carry out the largest grill in the store, let's stop to consider a few things.

How often do you grill?

Be honest now. Is your gas grill an extension of the kitchen and you use it several times a week or do you fire it up only on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day? If you only use a grill occasionally, you don't need all the fluff. Yes, you will look great on the 4th and Memorial Day but...

How many people do you cook for?

If you have a large family or you entertain regularly, by all means, go for the whopper. Look at the grilling surface to see if you can cook at one time the amount of food that you need to grill. It is important to have enough grilling surface. Of course, you need to balance this out with how often you grill.

Are you really going to use all of the gadgets?

Grills today aren't just grills. Some have side burners for pots. Some have rotisseries. Some have ovens. These are impressive -- I know. But do you really want to cook a roast on the grill or are you going to just go ahead and use the kitchen oven?

Will you really cook your baked beans on the side burner or in the kitchen? How about that rotisserie? Hmmm... It's easy let these fancy gadgets carry you away, but take a deep breath and seriously think about whether or not you'll really use them.

Take all of these tips into consideration and keep them fresh in your mind as you prepare to shop for that sparkly new gas grill. Keep in mind what you really need and weigh that against the cost to decide if it's worth it.

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