The Guy's Guide to Buying a Grill


The Girlfriend Grill Test

A friend once told me that one of the keys to a good relationship is finding a woman who will let you grill.   My response: "I want to find a woman who wants me to grill!"


Summertime = Grill Time!

It’s that time of year: the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the smell of charcoal is wafting through the air.  For many guys, summer is the time to grill.  If you don’t already have a grill, purchasing one can be a daunting and overwhelming task once you walk into the store.


Where do I start?

There are so many types of grills to choose from that you may not know where to start.  That's exactly why we created The Guy's Guide to Buying a Grill.  There are different types of grills, sizes, prices, and options to choose from. Below is the relevant information to help guide you on purchasing your first grill.   


Apartment Complex Grilling Rules

Every bachelor pad should have a grill, unless you’re apartment complex has a community barbeque area.  First and foremost, if you live in an apartment complex it’s essential to know what types of grills are allowed.  Some apartments will not allow charcoal grills, some will not allow you to have a grill on your balcony and some apartments don’t allow grills at all.  Check your Lease or with the management before buying a grill. 


Four Types of Grills

Type of grills: 

1. Charcoal Grill,

2.  Gas Grill,

3.  Electric Grill, and

4.  Smokers/ Fryers.

These grills have Pro’s and Cons. 


Shopping Checklist:

To get the most out of your grill you need to know:

·  How much space do you need for your grill?

·  How much food do you plan on cooking at one time?

·  Will you want to have a side burner for sauces, chillis, or soups?

·  How much money do you want to spend?


Major home improvement centers all have a variety of grills to choose from.  Keep in mind how often you’ll use your grill that will determine how much you’ll spend because it doesn’t make sense for you to spend $500 dollars on a grill that will only be used once or twice an entire summer. 


Grill Real Estate

Do not purchase a grill with less than 400 square inches of cooking space.  Also, unless you are cooking for a large group of people, you won’t need one with more than 650 square inches.   The bigger the grill, the more burners it’ll have and the more fuel it will burn. 

Depending where you’ll store your grill, you may want wheels to help move the grill from your patio to poolside for more entertaining options.  If you tend to grill different foods you will need to be able to control the heat from one end of the grill to the other.  Using a grill with 2 or 3 burners allows you to grill in bachelor pad style!


1.   Charcoal Grill:

         Pros:  Inexpensive  grills that don’t take up much space.

         Cons:  Small cooking space, messy, don’t have the ability to control heat from one

         side to the other.


2.   Gas Grill:

Pros:  Wide range in price, styles and colors.  The ability to control the grill's temperature immediately and easily.  Some grills come with side burners and thermometers.  Each burner should have its own temperature control. 

Cons:  Grills with only two burners are unlikely to achieve high temperatures that is necessary for grilling certain items. 


3.   Electric Grill:

Pros:  If your apartment or condo does not allow gas grills, an electric grill is an alternative , such as the George Foreman grill that is easy to clean, so you won’t have to purchase a charcoal or gas grill.

         Cons:  The food will not have the Smokey flavor that other grills add. 


4.   Smoker: Tastes and Tradeoffs

Pros:  The smoke adds a distinct flavor to the meat that’s difficult to achieve using the other types of grills.  The WOW factor of this grill will impress your friends and special guests. 

Cons:  May take hours to cook your food.  Lots of learning involved to know how much wood to use.  Depending upon the model, may take up a large amount of space.  


Are You Smoking Out Your Neighbors?

Consider how close your neighbors are to the smoker; they may not appreciate smoke wafting into their residences.  Using a Smoker would not make you very popular in your apartment complex!


An easy and inexpensive way to purchase a grill is to find a neighbor that’s moving.  Many residents who move out of their apartments often don’t take the grill;  however, definitely test the used grill before buying. 


Adding a Smoke-Flavor without the Smoker

Using an iron smoker on your grill is a novel way to add that smoky flavor to your food.  Simply soak the wood chips for 15 – 30 minutes before lighting your grill. Drain the excess water, light your grill and allow a few minutes for the smoker to begin smoking before putting your food on the grill.   Bachelor pad tip: instead of buying an iron smoker, another option is to use heavy duty tinfoil.  Simply fold the tinfoil in a square shape and add your wood chips.


Remember to have enough fuel before throwing a party.  No one wants to make a trip to the local store to buy fuel halfway through the party to purchase more charcoal or a propane tank!  Also always grill some veggies for your non-meat eating friends.


There you have it.  The Guy's Guide to Buying a Grill