What to look for before you buy a professional outdoor grill for your custom outdoor kitchen & living space. We invite you visit our brand-new BBQ Concepts showroom, located here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our professional outdoor kitchen design team is happy to help you design & build the outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted.
There’s no shortage of options, bells, and whistles when it comes to buying a professional grill for your outdoor kitchen island. There are many important things you’ll want to consider though. The last thing you want to do is purchase a grill that will only last 2-3 years. We call these types of grills “throwaways”. They are more common than you think, and trust us when we say you get what you pay for in the barbecue grill industry. We won’t be mentioning those grills in this article today. But what we will be doing is giving you a few pointers, tips, and tricks that will help you during the BBQ buying process.
Structural Design & Integrity of a Barbecue Grill
304 Stainless-Steel is the industry standard when it comes to professional barbecue grills. The structural integrity of your grill is extremely important, the last thing you want is for your grill to start rusting and breaking down inside your new barbecue island. The goal of building a custom outdoor kitchen is to get as many years out of it as possible. The professional grills we’ll be talking about today have a lifespan of around 10 – 15 years. The nice thing about a professional grill is that they are just like vehicles, if a part breaks, you’re able to replace it. Believe us when we say that we’ve seen customers with professional grills as old as their automotive vehicle. The great thing is that there are as many auto makers as barbecue grill manufacturers, and they all have their own signature styles and design.
There’s quite a few great barbecue grill manufacturers on the market today. It’s always best to start the process by talking with a professional within the industry. BBQ Concepts is Las Vegas, Nevada’s outdoor kitchen specialists and we’re here to help you design and amazing outdoor kitchen environment. Give BBQ Concepts a call today!
We recommend that you make sure that the grill you purchase for your barbecue island is made of stainless-steel. Stainless-steel is the industry standard right now. Most of the popular grill brands have standardized grill sizes too. So, when it comes time to replace the old grill, the chances are high that they will have made a newer model in the exact same size or cut-out size.
Professional Barbecue Grill Burners, BTU Output, Grilling Surface & Grates
Your professional barbecue grill burners are another very important feature that you’ll want to understand. We’re not going to get all scientific on you so don’t worry. The basic idea is simple though, the higher the BTU output, the faster you’ll be able to grill your food. What metal the burners are manufactured out of as well as their lifespan are important as well. Grill burners are constructed from a range of materials, cast brass, cast iron, 304 stainless-steel, and infrared (which is a type of burner, not material). Leading grill manufacturers usually use cast brass burners. Cast brass burners are considered to be superior in many ways. They’ll usually last as long as the grill itself.
The Infrared Burner – the infrared barbecue grill burner is a fairly new concept. Infrared burners are different from your standard grill burners. Infrared use to be found primarily on the rear wall of the grill and were used as the rotisserie burner. Within the last 10 years, manufacturers have started to include add-on infrared burners that are either built-in to the grill, or can be alternated between a standard burner. Infrared burners have definitely become popular since hitting the market. You can purchase grills that only contain infrared burners. If you’d like to learn more about the Infrared Burner and how it differs from a traditional burner system, check out this article from BBQ Concepts about the difference between the two – Barbecue Grill Burners – Infrared Burner VS Traditional Burner.
BTU: A British Thermal Unit (BTU) is the amount of heat energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one-degree Fahrenheit. This is the standard measurement used to state the amount of energy that a fuel has as well as the amount of output of any heat generating device.
Your professional grill will have a BTU output associated with each burner. The number of burners your grill will have will range from 3 – 6, sometimes even more. Entry level professional grills will usually have 3 burners, which is a very common configuration. BTU output per burner can range from 10,000 to 20,000 depending on the grill manufacturer. Most of the professional grills on the market today will also come with an infrared rotisserie burner in the rear wall of the grill. The infrared rotisserie burner is usually built-in to the grill, but some companies will charge extra for the rotisserie motor as well as the spit. The nice thing about taking the leap into the professional barbecue grill range is that they start offering rotisserie systems. Most of the cheaper brands don’t have rotisseries and if they do, they’re not very good.
The grilling surface is another extremely important feature of a professional barbecue grill. The barbecue grill surface will be measured in square inches. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that more grilling surface is beneficial. The grilling surface or area depends on the barbecue grill you purchase. A great question to answer before purchasing a grill is, “How many people will you be grilling for?” This answer will give you a better idea of what grill range you should be considering. If you know you’ll be throwing huge BBQ blowouts every weekend, you’ll probably want to invest in a larger grill. Trust us when we say, you don’t want to be cooking hamburgers for your guests for the entire night. Buying a larger grill will make a world of difference in your social life.
Another important aspect of the grilling surface is whether the temperature is consistent throughout the entire surface. Does the barbecue grill have cold spots? You can research on the internet to see what people are saying about any grill on the market. The primary objective is to purchase a barbecue grill that evenly distributes heat to its grilling surface. The surface being the grill grate/s, the grill grates also can vary in size and material used in its manufacturing process. Grill grates can be made of porcelain enamel coated steel wire or porcelain enamel coated cast iron.
Professional Barbecue Grill Features, Bell’s & Whistles
From LED lighting, knobs, ignition systems, wood smoking trays, and so much more, the industry is massive and competitive. There’s a huge range of features that you can purchase in a professional barbecue grill. Some grills come with built-in side burners and other handy add-ons. What it really comes down to is making sure you choose a professional grill that will last the next ten years without any hitches. We recommend speaking with a BBQ Concepts specialist about your options. Our team will help you choose a grill that makes the most sense for your outdoor kitchen space and configuration.
Schedule an on-site consultation with the pros here at BBQ Concepts. We’ll guide you through our custom outdoor kitchen design process, we’ll make sure you get the outdoor kitchen you’ve always imagined. Give us a call today to start designing the ultimate outdoor living space!