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How Gas Grills Work

By Francine L. Huff
How Gas Grills Work

There's nothing like eating BBQ outdoors when the weather heats up. Having the right grill can make a big difference in the taste of your food. Using a gas grill can save time when cooking outdoors since they usually heat up in about 15 minutes.

Fueling Up

Gas grills use a propane tank or natural gas connection. Using fuel allows the grill to be operated for longer periods of time than charcoal. There is a metal box that's lined with propane burners. Above the burners you'll find heating bars, lava rocks, or ceramic briquettes. As your food cooks, drippings from the food fall on the heating surface and create a smoky smell and flavor.

Gas Grill Features

Gas grills are usually made from cast aluminum, stainless steel, or porcelain-coated steel. When shopping for a new grill, look for stainless steel racks for easy cleanup. You can also get a grill that starts at the push of a button, comes with gauges to monitor fuel, and has a built-in thermometer. More expensive grills may include side burners and fittings for a rotisserie or smoker.

Grill Maintenance

It's important to keep your gas grill in good working order. Empty the grease pan to keep it from causing fires. Keep your grill covered when you aren't using it so it doesn't get wet. You also should check the gas fitting for leaks each time you use it. The tubes connecting the propane tank can become cracked or have holes, so that, too, should be checked regularly. The tank should be stored separately from the grill outdoors.

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