Still on the fence about what to buy Dad this Father’s Day? According to a survey by Weber GrillWatch Pulse, 17% of Dads would most like to receive a grill or grilling accessories for Father’s Day. Home propane grills offer Dad the convenience, cleanliness and quick heating times he wants when grilling. No stacking, no lighting, no smelly starter fluid — simply turn a knob and start grilling!
Before you run out and buy Dad the first gas grill you find, it’s important to know what important features to look for. Consider these shopping tips to give the guy who loves outdoor grilling a Father’s Day gift that’s sure to sizzle.
What to Look For:
- Propane: Choosing a propane home grill over charcoal or electric is the smart choice for Dads who want to fire up the grill quickly and start cooking within minutes, without all the preparation and cleanup. Propane is more efficient, cleaner and cheaper. Dads will love the precise temperature control that cooks food more evenly and consistently every time.
- Size: Consider what you want to cook on your grill and for how many people. It’s important to account for the square inches of the main grate (the length times the width of the primary cooking surface). When determining how much surface room you need, remember you don’t want a crowded grill. You should leave at least an inch between whatever you’re cooking. Take into consideration how much outdoor space you have to safely store your grill.
- Price: When it comes to gas grills, you get what you pay for. Everyone’s budget is different, but settling for a cheap propane grill may mean sacrificing quality and efficiency along with a few bucks. When comparing prices, consider what is and isn’t included (the propane tank, for example). ThompsonGas offers grills starting around $300 and ranging to higher-end units in the thousands.
- Heat Output: A BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating is the amount of heat created by a grill burner per hour. While it doesn’t necessarily tell you how much heat the grill will produce, it gives you a general idea of the heat output and an estimate of how much fuel you’ll be burning. Compare the BTUs to the size of the usable cooking surface when grill shopping. Look for about 100 BTUs per square inch of cooking space. (A grill with 500 square inches should have around 50,000 BTUs from the main burners).
- Features: There are a number of features that are included or can be purchased along with your home propane grill: cast-iron grates, rotisseries, side burners, grill covers, propane fuel gauge, drip pan to prevent flare-up and more. When evaluating features, it’s important to differentiate between what you need vs. what you want. For example, a relatively heavy grate and tight-fitting lid are important to hold in heat and preserve propane, but Dad could probably live without that duel smoker. Don’t forget — these additional features cost money.
ThompsonGas retail showrooms offer these brands and more to match all of Dad’s outdoor grilling needs. From Grillmaster’s durable, practical grills to Twin Eagles’ super premium grills with a lifetime guarantee, our selection is sure to fit your budget and Dad’s grilling style. We also offer a surplus of grilling accessories. Stop by, give us a call or visit us online to find the residential propane grill your Dad deserves this Father’s Day.
− The ThompsonGas Team