Summer has always been the prime time for grilling, and while that may still be true, more and more of us are grilling year round. So whether you grill a little or a lot, the question is what kind of grill will suit your needs? We’ll help you determine just that in this weeks Eye On Your Money. It’s time to buy grill and the first question most buyers have is what kind of grill to buy, charcoal or gas? Charcoal certainly has a nice flavor, but tends to take longer, and can create quite a mess. So what are the options? (Rose Gossen / Sears) A lot of people still to this day love the charcoal and they want grill, so a lot of times will do both because they like the charcola flavor and then the gass grill is convenient because you have the bottle there you don’t have worry about the mess or cleanup of the burnt up charcoal. And keep in mind, there are smoker boxes and flavored briquets that a person can use to flavor food in a gas grill as well. Now it’s time to talk cost. According to Consumer Reports, many manufacturers are reducing the amount of stainless steel in their grills to maintain cost. So is it better to look for a grill manufactured with more stainless steel, and how do you determine the quality? (Rose Gossen / Sears) Stainless steel is always good on outside on any one of them. There is a 430 grade of stainless steel that is not as good, but it’s very good and popular and cost effective. But the 304 grade if you can get it, get that because it’s going to hold up longer under the heat, and being outside. It does discolor a little bit, but it’s quality is better. So there’s different grades of stainless steel. Now we need to consider the inside components of the grill, specifically the grates. The two most common types of grates are going to be stainless steel and cast iron, but cast iron seems to be the new wave. (Rose Gossen / Sears) They are getting out of the stainless steel grates and going to the cast iron grates because of heat retention and eveness of heat. There are also different types of cast iron. You’ll find bare cast iron, porcelain or ceramic coated iron. What’s the best way to go? (Rose Gossen / Sears) Bare cast iron is harder to clean a lot of times. A lot of people make the mistake of buying those real harsh brushes and that will tear apart anything. Where we have porcelain coated cast iron grates now, that porcelain coating goes over them and makes them easier to clean. Now you have a lot to think about, from charcoal to gas grills and stainless steel versus cast iron. So what’s the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to buying a grill and making it last? (Rose Gossen / Sears) General maintanance going to make it last longer – ‘father always told me it’s not always the wheel, it’s the nut that holds the wheel that makes a difference’ With Eye On Your Money, I’m Alysia Huck, KXNews.
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