Grill Buying Guide: Grill, Cook and Smoke To Your Heart's Content
What you want to BBQ, when you want to BBQ. Whether you're just throwing a few burgers on or you want to create a feast for a crowd, you have a choice between grills. A charcoal grill, has long been hailed as the purest form of grill and the greatest flavor producing. However, in recent years gas grills have risen in popularity among American households. Electric grills are the least common for outdoor grilling, but the best solution for apts and townhouses with limited space and strict fire codes. Not sure what the best grill option is for you? Don't worry our dedicated team of barbecue experts is has compiled some helpful facts to get you started.
The Charcoal Grill: Best in Flavor / Most Care
While many maintain the the flavor produced by Charcoal grilling cannot be beat, it is important to also be aware that it involves the most prep time, cleaning time and maintenance. It's the simplest in construction and depending on size, can be very portable. Charcoal Grills are typically constructed of coated steel. Other than the grill itself, the owner is required to buy coals and lighter fluid to get the fire started. Once the fire has been set, it takes about 15 min to reach a hot enought cooking temperature. Prices vary from $45-$500 depending on size and style, yet the buyer should factor in the price of coal needed per grilling session. The most well known of this kind is the Kettle Grill It's by far the most popular and traditional charcoal grill. In the end, it's up to you and what you plan to cook as well as how often you plan to use the grill. A good charcoal grill is the most basic kind, usually less expensive up front and does a phenomenal job of grilling most anything.
The Grill Smoker: Brings out that true smoky flavor we all know and love
The process of smoking is less common amongst the general population, so here is a run down of how it actually works. A smoker utilizes a combination of smoldering wood and low temperatures to create a taste that is unparalleled. The apparatus provides a temperature controlled smoky environment that can be held at the same temperature for hours at a time. It's big time in the barbeque world. The flavor and smokiness of your food also depends on the type of Wood Chips/Chunks you use. Also keep in mind that some charcoal grills offer a smoker option as well as some of the higher end gas grills. You can't beat that!
Gas Grills: Most popular among American Homes / Moderate Care
All hail the mighty Gas Grill. With the flick of a switch you can start, control and maintain the best temperature for your particular bbq needs. The gas grill construction is rather simple with burners, a system such as lava rocks to dispurse the heat from the burners and cooking grates. A grill with multiple burners is more desirable as it ensures the heat will be even and no cold spots will arise. Overall the gas grill is easy to light, control and clean up. Get your gas grill going today and create fabulous feasts for the entire family!
The Electric Grill: It doesn't get Easier Than Plug In And Go.
The Electric Grill is the least common for outdoor grilling and produces the most subtle bbq grill flavor. However, apartment or town house owners with minimal space find these portable grilling machines ideal. Most are smaller, easy to keep and store in a kitchen and some like the George Foreman Electric Grill can even be used countertop. They operate with ease, clean with ease and in many ways, you can't beat it.
As a consumer, you have to decide what you have room for, what you have ambition for and what you will be cooking. It's quite easy to throw a few steaks on the George Foreman without the hassle and mess of cooking in an oven.
Safety tips and precautions, laws and regulations, and equipment for boating safety.
Every summer, many people are injured or even killed because they fail to follow proper boating safety tips. If you are a new boater, you should be sure to take a boating course, and you should read your boat manual carefully. Check the requirements in your state in case there are specific laws regarding owning and operating boats.
1. Always wear a life jacket. Have enough life jackets for everyone in the boat.
2. Always keep small children in their life jackets. It can only take a second for a small child to disappear overboard when someone's back is turned. 3. Instruct all the people who ride in the boat with you about proper safety techniques.
4. Once on the lake, observe posted speed limits, and right-of-way marker buoys.
5. Drive defensively. Don't cut in front of others.
6. Show courtesy to other boaters.
7. If you are going boating alone, be sure to tell someone what lake you will be on, and what time you will return.
8. Have an easily accessible fire extinguisher available in case of a fire.
9. Don't drink and drive.
10. Obey all lake rules, such as no-wake zones.
11. Make sure you have a tow rope on board in case your boat breaks down. That way, if another boater comes along, he or she can tow you back to the boat dock.
12. Have emergency devices such as a flare gun and an air horn on board.
13. Most people these days have cell phones for emergencies, so don't forget to bring yours along. Be sure to put it somewhere safe in the boat, though. You don't want it to fall overboard.
14. Have your keys on a floating keychain in case you accidentally drop them into the water. You should remember to store all your valuables in a safe place, because, again, you don't want them to fall into the water.
15. When driving, watch for waterskiers, tubers, and jet skiers. A lot of times, jet skiers zoom all over the lake and they can cut right in front of you before you know it. In addition, jet skis (and tubes) can carry more than one person, often children, and they may not understand all the rules of the road, especially since parents let their young children drive jet skis (even if they are not supposed to).
16. After unloading your boat into the water, be sure you tie it securely to the dock. You do not want to come back from parking your trailer to find that your boat has drifted out into the lake.
17. When loading your boat, be careful when putting your boat onto the trailer. Make sure all latches and tow ropes are properly secured before pulling the trailer out of the water.
18. After loading the boat onto the trailer and pulling it out of the water, make sure that all unsecured items such as trash, fishing poles, and tackle boxes are secured. You do not want to be driving down the road and have something fly out of the back of your boat into following traffic.
19. Be sure to check the boat trailer lights and tires before setting out on the road.
20. Carry a paddle in the boat in case of an engine breakdown. Sometimes you might want to carry more than one paddle. It is not unknown for paddles to break.
21. You might also want to carry a spare battery in case the regular battery fails for some reason.
22. Before leaving the dock, make sure you have enough gas in the gas tank, and that all engine fluids have been properly maintained.
23. Wear sunscreen.
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