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HPBA Barbecue Grill Buying Guide – Extended

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A Consumer Guide to Grill Buying

Quite simply, there are barbecue grills for every need, budget, and lifestyle. Here at Galaxy Outdoor our BBQ Grill specialists are here to guide you into the perfect grill for your specific needs. What you’re going to want in a BBQ Grill is high quality, reliability, safe performance, and durability – and of course, you seek value.

There is a wide world of outdoor cooking choices available, from basic, popular-priced grills with some of the most-used features, to super premium models with every bell and whistle. Our purpose is to provide useful information to help you evaluate your needs, check your budget, and shop for the outdoor appliance that nearly all of us own.

Before You Buy a Barbecue Grill – Things to Consider!

  • Decide if gas, charcoal, pellet, or electric best suits your needs.
  • How important are optional features? (Are you into basic burgers or are you an adventuresome gourmet griller?)
  • What about style? (Will your grill be a backyard centerpiece or just a useful appliance?)
  • How about available budget? Traditionally,home centers, mass merchandisers or hardware stores have offered a wide range of grills for those shopping by price – but many specialty retailers now carry grills at all price points, including those in the premium grill category. The biggest difference is that specialty retailers may offer more one-on-one service.
  • Here’s a big question: how will the grill fit into your future plans for the backyard? Do you simply want a new grill, or will it become the focus of an outdoor room you plan to create? If the latter, you may want to consider a premium grill to which modular units can be added.
  • Assess the available cooking area of various models: do you cook outdoors often? Do you typically barbecue for just your family? Do you frequently entertain larger groups? An ample cooking space is 400 or more square inches.

There’s a lot to consider, but regardless of your choice you’ll know why Americans will fire up their grills billions of times this year!

Gas Barbecue Grills – The Easy, Convenient Choice

Gas grills have gained popularity because they’re ready to cook on in 10 minutes. A gas grill makes it easy to regulate the heat and to cook at several different temperatures at the same time. The more burners a grill has the more cooking flexibility you’ll enjoy, but choose a grill with at least two so you can do indirect cooking. You can cook with the lid open or closed. Gas grills come in various sizes. Grills with small footprints are ideal for a terrace or townhouse. If you have the space, look for a 30-inch, 42-inch or even bigger stainless steel model. These usually offer add-on modules or appliances like wet bars, refrigerators, wine coolers, sear stations and more. Stainless steel is the most durable material and impervious to weather, while stainless steel cooking grids, burners and other parts clean up easily, won’t rust, and last longer. Cast aluminum grill bodies, usually found with a powder-coat finish, require less cleaning time than stainless steel and retain heat better. Porcelain- coated steel is another good alternative. The most popularly priced gas grills sell for between $129 and $299. Grills with more features can run from $700 to $1,500, while top-of-the-line,
all-stainless steel appliances can easily top $5,000.

Charcoal Barbecue Grills – The Traditionalist’s Choice

Some people swear charcoal cooking produces better flavor. Charcoal can create a high temperature for searing, but also can be used for “low and slow” cooking. In addition, you can build a fire on just one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Your charcoal grill also can double as a smoker. Charcoal grills come in all sizes and shapes. They range from small covered cookers with adjustable- height cooking grids, to kettle grills with domed lids high enough to cook a whole turkey, to huge powder-coated steel models. Basic units sell for $50 to $100; deluxe models sell for $400 or more.

Pellet Barbecue Grills – Smokers, It’s All About the Flavor

Many people haven’t yet heard of pellet grills, but as gas prices continue to rise, they’re becoming increasingly popular. Small wood pellets, in a variety of “flavors” such as hickory, mesquite, and oak, provide the energy source and infuse the food with flavor from the resultant smoke. Pellet grills are especially attractive because they are energy efficient and clean burning. Some pellet grills have a dual-fuel unit that can switch over to gas which can reach higher temperatures than pellets. Increasingly, these models include microprocessor-based circuit boards that manage the grill’s entire operation including temperature regulation. Prices for pellet grills generally range from about $600 to $2500.

Electric Barbecue Grills – High Performance and Ideal For an Evolving Demographic Pattern
Electric grills have come a long way – improved technology has resulted in vastly improved performance. These grills are as easy to turn on as your kitchen stove. Some models can reach 700° – great for searing steaks! A small electric grill may be the only option for apartment or condo dwellers. Wherever you plan to put an electric grill, have an outlet nearby, as an extension cord will greatly reduce grill performance. Electric grills begin at about $150 for a small unit that is ideal for a couple or a downsized household. Larger, high-performance, high-end stainless steel models cost $1,800 to $2,000.

Original Article Written by HPBA – Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. Adapted and Extended by Galaxy Outdoor of Las Vegas, Nevada.

HPBA 2014 State of the Barbecue Industry Report

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HPBA 2014 State of the Barbecue Industry Report

To capture consumer trends around grilling and barbecuing, every two years since 1983, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) conducts the HPBA Barbecue Lifestyle, Usage & Attitude Study*. Following are key highlights from the most recent 2014 study fielded in July and August of 2013:

Reigniting the Spark: Outdoor Cooking Still Hot

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The majority of grill owners use their grills year-round (60 percent).
Nearly all (97 percent) of grill owners used their grill in the past year.
Eighty percent of households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker.
Sixty-one percent of households that own a grill own a gas grill, followed by charcoal (41 percent) and electric (10 percent).
Nearly half (45 percent) of grill purchasers bought a replacement grill, with 29 percent buying an additional grill.

Grill Usage: Consumers Loves to Grill Year-Round

Traditional summer holidays top the list of the most popular grilling holidays: the Fourth of July (68 percent), Memorial Day (52 percent) and Labor Day (51 percent).
Winter holidays saw an increase from 2011 with Super Bowl Sunday (31 percent), Easter (18 percent), Thanksgiving (15 percent) and New Year’s Eve/Day (15 percent) rounding off the top.
Grilling Thanksgiving meals outdoors is increasingly popular, with 15 percent of consumers cooking their meals outdoors.
Nearly half (49 percent) of grill owners see their outdoor grilling area as a functional cooking area of their home, while over a quarter (30 percent) see it as entertainment area and 21 percent see it as a place to rest and relax.
Thirty-seven percent of consumers have a large moveable grill system on a modest patio/deck, with some outdoor furniture and an informal place to eat.
Consumers say an easy ignition system (49 percent) and large grilling surface (39 percent) are the most important features of a gas grill, followed by ease of cleaning (35 percent), quality of construction (32 percent) and ability to heat up quickly (29 percent).
Owners of gas (42 percent) and charcoal (34 percent) grills view the color of the grill as a major purchasing factor, a 38 percent increase from 2011.
When entertaining using a barbecue grill, gas grill owners use their grill an average of 12 times a year, electric grill owners 12 times a year and charcoal grill owners 11 times a year

Tasty Trends: It’s All About the Meat

This year, meats, including hot dogs (72 percent), steak (71 percent), burgers (69 percent), and chicken parts (64 percent), top the list of the most popular foods prepared using a grill.
Grill owners believe food cooked on their grills rather than their ovens is more healthful (38 percent), while 57 percent believe it is just as healthy.
Nearly three out of four consumers who cook on a gas grill (74 percent) normally use barbecue sauce for basting during cooking.
Dry meat rubs remain popular among consumers, with 33 percent using them more often than not.

Household Roles: Male or Female, Everybody Grills

The male head most often makes the decision (62 percent) to cook, lights the grill (73 percent) and cooks (68 percent) on the grill.
Whether male or female, nearly 78 percent of consumers cooking on the grill consider themselves to be extremely proficient or proficient in most situations.
Across the board, males are most likely to make the decision to purchase a grill (66 percent).

HPBA State of the Barbecue Industry Report

This research was conducted online via The Stevenson Company in July and August of 2013. The sample size included households assembled to be representative of the latest U.S. Census in terms of geography, age of head of household, market size, annual household income and household size. All respondents are 18+ years old.

About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of hearth, barbecue and patio appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education. There are more than 2,800 members in the HPBA.

*Barbecue Industry Report – The HPBA State of the Barbecue Industry Report findings were written by Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. Visit www.hpba.org for additional information, facts and finding credit are owed to the HPBA.