BBQ Basics: The Appliances Kamloops Grillers Use Most

BBQ Basics: The Appliances Kamloops Grillers Use Most
When it’s time to replace one of the appliances Kamloops grill masters love the most, familiarize yourself with the barbecue basics.

You and your grill have had some good times together; it’s been there through the endless amounts of burgers and wieners, the perfectly cooked steaks, and the most tender rotisserie chickens. When it’s time to replace one of the appliances Kamloops grillers cherish the most, take our crash course in barbecue basics to make sure the new grill is even better than its predecessor.

The first step to take when picking out a new barbecue is determining which fuel source appeals to you the most. In order to make this decision, we’ve outlined some of the pros and cons of each type of grill available.


Charcoal Grills


  • These grills can get really hot which is great for searing meats
  • Food takes on a smoky flavour due to the natural smoke coming off the charcoal
  • You get to play with fire and master the art of grilling


  • Charcoal grills require a lot of practice and patience
  • The outside temperature and humidity can actually affect the way the charcoal burns
  • Lighting a charcoal grill isn’t as easy as lighting a gas grill
  • Preheating takes at least 20 minutes


Gas Grills


  • Maintains a consistent cooking temperature
  • Easy to light, especially if the igniter/starter is in working condition
  • Easy to clean


  • Gas grills are typically more expensive than charcoal grills
  • Requires maintenance and replacement parts


Before buying one of the appliances Kamloops homeowners can’t live without, you need to consider the grilling surface. The two most common kinds are stainless steel and cast iron. Here’s a breakdown of each:


Stainless Steel Grates

When you cook with stainless steel, what you lose in high heat, you gain with heat retention. These grates generally won’t get hot enough to leave searing lines on your meats, but they will retain heat well and cook food thoroughly.


  • Easy to clean with minimal maintenance
  • Grates are durable and long lasting
  • Won’t corrode or rust


  • Cooking surface will not get as hot as cast iron grates
  • Darkens with use, but doesn’t affect the items being cooked


Cast Iron Grates

Cast iron grates come two different ways: coated or non coated. Coated cast iron is often covered with porcelain or enamel to extend its life expectancy. These coatings make clean up easier too. If you love seeing the grill marks on your meat, non-coated cast iron grates are probably for you. These grates get really hot, really quickly and retain heat well. However, these grates are more prone to rusting and will need to be replaced more often.


  • Adds more flavour to food since cast iron grates need to be seasoned before use
  • If taken care of, can last for many years
  • Heat quickly and retain heat


  • Will rust over time and need to be replaced more often than stainless grates
  • More time consuming to clean and maintain
  • Grates need to be seasoned before or after each use


Built-ins vs. Freestanding Grills

Another option to look for when considering one of the appliances Kamloops barbecue enthusiasts cherish the most is built-in versus freestanding. Everything you need to know can be found in our previous post: Comparing Kelowna Appliances: Built-in vs Freestanding Grills


If you’re ready to replace or upgrade your well-loved barbecue, have a chat with the barbecue experts. Before you head to a Kamloops appliances store, though, make the trip to Genier’s in Vernon first. We carry the top brand names in outdoor grills and offer the best variety perfect for your grilling needs.     


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