Electric Glow Plug - Uses a red hot electric element to ignite the main burner. This type of ignition plugs into a standard wall outlet (very similar to a car cigarette lighter).
Flame Thrower - A small flame beside the main burner ignites the burner. This ignition is more reliable than a standard spark igniter.
Spark Igniter - This ignition uses a spark electrode to ignite the burners. Some are spring-loaded push button which makes a single spark or battery operated continuous spark which is better.
With the myriad of options on the gas grill market, there are simply too many to discuss about in great detail. However, there are a some important details to consider before you narrow your choices down.
Gas grills have a variety of warranties and they are not all created equal. Some brands offer lifetime warranties which cover the burners and exterior body of the grill. The warranty coverage regarding parts and labor usually varies as well.
Knowing the right size to buy is often a tough thing to decide. One 36 inch grill might actually have a 34"x18" cooking area while another might be 36"x22". Obviously, the first one will not hold as much food as the second, even though both are labeled 36 inch. It's helpful to consider how often you cook, and how many people you typically cook for. Our most popular grill sizes are 36 and 42 inches.
Rear Burner Rotisserie
Rotisserie cooking has some great benefits. For example, the rear burner provides indirect heat which helps keep food from drying out. When meat is cooked on a rotisserie, the fat and drippings baste the meat while excess is collected in a pan underneath.
Some grills come have a dedicated burner directly underneath the smoker box. Others simply have a small tray that accommodates wood chips to be placed under the cooking grates. Both options can help add additional smoked flavor to your food.
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