Home may be where the heart is but what people call home can really be anywhere. Most will still seek the usual homelike comforts of a warm bed and a satisfying meal—and the latter could be thanks to a grill, it doesn’t matter if you live in a grand high-rise or a simple backwoods cabin.
The ability to cook using fire has been around ever since the Stone Age. Grilling itself most likely began approximately half a million years ago. On the other hand, as technological innovations progressed, this old means of cooking became more of basically an activity held outdoors instead of an everyday ritual. Today, more than half the of all American families have a grill, either charcoal or gas based. Built in grills that make use of gas are more high-tech in that they are usually bulkier and contain more features like side burners, refrigerators, and various other add-ons.
Gas grills are also more complicated in terms of the mechanisms involved. Gas grills need a gas source, regulators, and hoses to function; not to mention infrared radiation, which is employed by lots of modern gas grills, to light a fire. Charcoal grills, on the other hand, just require a lighter, lighter fluid, and charcoal. Hence, whether they're built in or standalone grills, they normally come with a burner, a starter, cooking surface (s), valves to control the gas, a body and hood and, of course, the gas source.
Before grilling, gas should be ignited with a spark of electrical power that's triggered by the starter. The resulting fire will then be managed and fanned by the burner, which many gas grills will normally have two of. Each burner will have to be managed individually by its own valve according to the user. As cooking continues, the temperature level in the cooking area will rise, thanks to the hood that keeps heated air from escaping.
Even with its more complex system, a gas grill is usually more hassle-free and much easier to use. It does not demand as much cleaning as a charcoal grill, and cooking is accomplished considerably faster. On the other hand, a gas grill is bulkier and calls for more space to be run effectively.
Of course, space is not an issue in great outdoors—or just, your backyard. A built in grill is a good addition to an outdoor space, particularly since nothing says 'home' more than a home-cooked meal. For tips on how to tidy up a grill, visit bbq.about.com/cs/cookingtips/a/aa051201a.htm
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