Gas grilling is easier because gas is fast lighting, offers continuous heat and burns clean and cleaning the grill is faster as there is no residue or ashes to contend with. While there are many gas grills on the market, most are propane gas grills.
Over the last twenty years, there has been a big push to use natural gas for grilling. Natural gas shares the same characteristics of propane but has one major advantage. When connected to the residential gas supply of the home, it is available at any moment to deliver great grilled results.
Kick the Bottle Habit
Propane is a by product of natural gas processing and can be transported as a liquid and vaporizes at normal pressures. This makes it portable in ways that natural gas is not. However, natural gas produces excellent heat and thus makes a great grill fuel.
By connecting the natural gas grill into the residential supply of natural gas, there is no need to refill bottles or go through the trouble of exchanging empty bottles for a full one and virtually no chance of running out of gas in the middle of cooking.
Now that you know why natural gas is the best fuel source for a grill, it is time to get a grill.
The best material for a natural gas grill is stainless steel. The reasons for this are several. To start with, stainless steel lasts for a very long time and does not rust. This promotes the longevity of the grill.
Stainless steel is also an excellent conductor of heat. This is one of the reason why many natural gas grills use stainless steel burners. This adds to the heat retention and heat production properties of the grill.
While it is an excellent conductor it is also an great insulator of heat. That might sound strange but the insulation properties of stainless steel are directly related to the thickness and type of stainless steel.
Depending on the type and thickness, the external surface of the stainless steel will be cooler than the one direct in contact with the heat. All of this is because of the chemical composition of the stainless steel. It is also one of the reasons why on many propane and charcoal grills, the lid is stainless while the rest of the body is not. Finally, while not directly related to the performance of the grill, stainless steel looks superb.
About the Waveguides
Many are also constructed of stainless steel for the reasons listed above. These are a superb way to get the right performance from a grill. When considering a natural gas grill, getting one with the wave guides between the burners and the cooking grates offers the guarantee of superior heat performance.
This guide also helps protect the burners from meat droppings that can eventually corrode and degrade the burners performance.
Go For the Features
The first is the side burner. Many of the national grilling chefs recommend using the side burner as both a warming burner and a sear burner. This can be very important when grilling things such as steaks where one person might need or want theirs cooked different. The next is a infrared burner.
Many natural gas grills have a rear infrared burner. Infrared burners seal in the juices by preventing hot and cold spots in the meat and cooking directly using the infrared portion of the heat. This keeps the meat tender while still getting it to the correct doneness.
Next is the rotisserie burner and rack. There are very few things in life as delicious as a rotisserie cooked meal and having a rotisserie rack and burner adds so much to the grill experience it is almost a shame that more grills do not have this feature.
Other features to consider that are more for personal preference are things such as an enclosed lower cart for storage, side shelving for extra space and grill lights mounted on the grill for grilling in low light conditions. Believe it or not, grill lights are very handy to have. No need to hold a flashlight while trying to flip the meat.
Getting an awesome, natural gas grill is easy, once a person knows what to look for. For natural gas grilling, a stainless steel body with stainless steel burners and the features one prefers is a great way to get the perfect natural gas grill for the backyard.
In many cases, these types of grills come with long warranties and some with lifetime warranties. Natural gas grilling is an excellent way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying superior tasting, grilled food.