Yes,gas grill covers protect your barbecues. Period. For those of you who owns a outdoor barbecue grill, by now you would’ve realize that leaving your grill uncovered could expose it to the harmful effects of extreme weather and nasty pests such as rats and insects. Besides that, dust, dried leaves and even debris gets accumulated on the grill, make cleaning and maintenance a pain. A gas grill cover helps to mitigate all these potential issues by shielding your grill.
When getting gas grill covers, the first thing people take notice of is its price. A good quality weber gas grill cover for example can cut you back by at least $ 50 or more. Though getting cheap gas grill covers can save you a buck or two, the absolute cost of getting them may be much higher. Why? Well, think about it, if you’re able to get good quality and durable gas grill covers which can give your grill a more reliable protection, you can extend the lifespan of your gas grill by reducing the potential wear and tear to its minimum. According to some user feedback, a good gas grill cover can literally increase the gas grill’s lifespan by an additional 2-3 years!
Gas grill covers that fit your barbecue tightly can help prevent moisture and pests from settling on the grill. One of the ways to ensure this tight fit to get grill covers that are manufactured by the makers of the grill itself. Most of such gas grill covers are custom made to fit their respective grill models so you’re always assured of a secure fit. Should you decide to go for those universal ones, make sure you opt for those with hooks or straps which will help secure it for a tight fit. These measures ensures that even if there’s a really wild wind, you wouldn’t be required to go around searching for your grill cover.
(2) Quality of Materials
There are many different materials from which gas grill covers are made from and these largely falls into varous main types such as vinyl, fabric and polyester etc. The best among these is polyester. Reason being, it’s pretty durable and yet lightweight at the same time. Suitable for various seasons, your polyester gas grill cover will not be literally “frozen” even at minus 35 degrees. More often than not, such polyester are also treated to ensure it’s water resistant and UV protected, thereby reducing the possibility of it fading in color. Vinyl gas grill covers, on the other hand are easily suspectible to wear and tear and can become pretty brittle and weak in extreme cold weathers.
A vital aspect of outdoor gas grill covers is the interior lining which grants its the power to go through different kinds of weather situations. For those grill covers that are made of fabric or fleece, they can easily break down and takes quite a while to dry should they becomes wet during rainy weathers. And when it’s wet and damp inside, pests and bacteria can easily form.
Comparatively, polyester do well in this department because of the fact that they dry quick and hence don’t attract pests like the other materials do.
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We tested six gas grills priced under 0 to find the best grill:
Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
Char-Broil Commercial Series 4-Burner Gas Grill
Dyna-Glo 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rotisserie Burner
Nexgrill 4 Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Broil King Baron 440
KitchenAid 3 Burner Gas Grill & Side Burner
It doesn’t matter how powerful a grill is. If it can’t distribute and hold the heat where you want it, your food will suffer.
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WINNING TRAITS OF A GOOD GAS GRILL
– Extra flame tamer bars between burners to help spread out heat
– Cast-iron grates, which transfer heat best
– Well-built cookbox with tight-sealing lid and few vents
– Lid that shuts tightly to retain heat and opens wide so smoke isn’t directed toward your face
– Large-capacity cooking grate so food is not crowded
– Sturdy construction
WHAT WE EXAMINED
BURNERS: Gas grills heat via perforated tubes called burners that emit flames when ignited. Grills are described by their number of burners, though we found that this did not correlate with performance or capacity.
GRATES: The grill grates are made of either cast iron or stainless steel.
SIZE OF MAIN COOKING GRATE AND HEAT OUTPUT: Manufacturers typically list the combined total square inches, including warming racks and side burners. More usefully, we list the dimensions of the main cooking grate and how many 4-inch burgers each can fit. Similarly, we only list the BTU (British Thermal Units—a measure of heat output per hour) numbers of the main burner.
FEATURES: Some grills offer more extra features than others.
GRILLING: We grilled hamburgers and steaks over direct heat, looking for distinct grill marks, well-browned crusts, and moist interiors. We mapped the heat pattern of each grill by covering its preheated surface with white bread slices and examining the toast.
INDIRECT COOKING: We prepared pulled pork, keeping the grill at 300 degrees for more than 4 hours. Thermocouples confirmed whether lid thermometers were accurate. We rated the pork on smoky flavor and tender, moist texture.
DESIGN: Grills received higher marks if their designs made it easier to set them up and cook.
DURABILITY: Models that were hard to roll; lost wheels, doors, or other parts; or showed greater wear and tear received lower scores.
CLEANUP: We rated whether grates were easy to scrub clean and whether grills had secure, large grease trays and catch pans that were easy to reach.
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