Barbeque and grills are synonymous with summer. Long days lead to balmy nights spent around boats and backyard pools, and as summer fades to fall, football season starts and barbecue season comes into its own. Barbeque and grills go hand in hand with fall traditions like football and tailgating.
Grills come in many different shapes and sizes, and different types of fuel are used for each one. People who like to grill use many different types of barbeques. A gas grill operates chiefly on propane cylinders which can be obtained from home improvement retailers and hardware stores.
The biggest complaint about a gas grill is its lack of “wood smoke.” Hardcore barbeque grill users know that wood smoke is essential for getting great barbeque. In response to this, grill manufacturers have begun to add wood boxes to their gas grills, so that whichever wood chips that the barbeque user prefers can be placed inside it to aid in getting that “authentic barbeque flavor”.
Traditional charcoal grills are certainly still available, and are very popular. Regardless of their size, a charcoal barbeque grill basically contains only three elements. The first is the firebox. Charcoal is placed into the firebox in order to produce both direct and indirect heat.
The second component is the grill grates, on which the food sits. The grates are chiefly responsible for those lovely grill marks that you see on a piece of food properly cooked on a grill. Charcoal grills also must have a vent, which controls the amount of air that mixes with the charcoal, thereby governing the amount of heat that reaches the food.
Electric grills are becoming more popular, as well. As more people move into apartments and other places where an open flame isn’t always welcome, electric grills provide an acceptable alternative. Typically comprised of non-stick grill plates that are heated by plugging the unit into an outlet, they work very similarly to the highly popular contact grills that are sold in big-box retailers throughout the world.