Burn Baby Burn: Learning to Grill Outdoors

Different Types of Barbeque Grills

Whether you own your own home or have an apartment with a small balcony, grilling outdoors is an option. With so many different types of barbeque grills on the market, it won’t be hard to find one that fits your space. This is true even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend for a grill.

The Tabletop Grill

If space and money are both at a premium, there is the option of purchasing a small grill that is intended for use on a table. A hibachi grill is an excellent example. Grills of this type are compact and usually rectangular in shape. They come with a well for charcoal briquettes, and a grate or grill that fits neatly over the glowing briquettes. This offers a great way to grill some steaks or burgers on an apartment balcony and still have plenty of room to move about.

The Charcoal Grill

Another basic grill design is the stand alone charcoal grill. Devices of this type some with a bowl for the charcoal, a grate that fits over the bowl, and legs that make it easy to adjust the grill itself to the proper height. Some of these grills also come with domes that help hold in more heat around the food. A dome also infuses a little smokier flavor into the meats that you are preparing.

The Gas Grill

Homeowners who have plenty of room for something more ambitious can go with a portable gas grill. These devices rely on the use of propane as the fuel. In design, they can be small like a charcoal grill, or include all sorts of grilling and cooking surfaces.
While propane is typically the fuel of choice for portable gas grills, homeowners who love to cook out can also invest in a permanent grill that is attached directly to a natural gas line. This works great if you plan on leaving the grill in place all year long. Keep in mind that with this approach, you will want to invest in some sort of cover. That will protect the grill during the winter months and make cleaning it in the spring a lot easier.