Outdoor barbequing has been an American tradition for over half a century. Outdoor grills are available in many public parks and recreation areas, and are often the preferred fire location by authorities. These public bbq grills are usually built into a brick, stone, or cement structure, or mounted on a heavy steel pipe anchored in the ground. These permanent public bbq grills are not always well maintained, so many families prefer to bring their own outdoor grills, whether charcoal, LPG, or electric.
Plans have long been available for permanent backyard grills, first with charcoal, then with gas, and now, electric. We all know the chore of starting and maintaining a charcoal fire, and the danger of not ensuring that it is completely out before closing it down afterwards. LPG has long been a favorite of grillers, and eliminates the chores mentioned above. The trouble with LPG grills is that the tank always goes empty at the most inopportune time, leaving you with a grill full of half-cooked foods, and a hungry bunch of people.
Enter, the outdoor, electric, bbq grill. Electric power has become a reliable power source for most all the country, and when it does become unreliable, it is usually because of a storm, and you wouldn’t be having an outdoor bbq session during a storm.
Electric outdoor barbeque grills are available in a variety of styles and sizes; built-in, stand alone, and tabletop. The stand-alone model is similar to the traditional charcoal models, with which we are all familiar. Tabletop models might best suit the apartment dweller, because of its small size, and therefore, can be stored along with other cooking utensils.
Today’s homes are usually well wired, and most likely have a properly grounded, outdoor outlet, on the patio. Electricity does away with the starter fluid smell and taste, and the heat is easily adjusted by a simple turn of the knob. As with any electric appliance, don’t use an electric bbq grill while standing on a wet patio or lawn.
Barbequing outdoors at home, or at a park, is sure to be a safe and fun family or group time if you just remember a few general safety rules: do not leave the grill unattended, keep flammable papers or clothes away from the grill, and keep the kids away at a suitable distance.
Have fun using your new electric outdoor grill this bbq season.