A Guide to Grill Types at Watson’s

Are you fond of grilling? If you are a fan of backyard gatherings as well, why not purchase a grill?

Barbeque units are usually the centerpiece of backyards, as families and friends often gather around them in the summer period. Homeowners can cook the perfect meal for their loved ones while having conversations and fun during the cooking process.

The leading types of grills on the market are gas, charcoal, and pellet models. Each form of fuel offers specific advantages and unique tastes to grilled foods.

Find more information about these barbeque unit types below.


Gas grills are the most frequent choice of homeowners, given they start fast and heat up rapidly. These devices use either an attachable tank of liquid propane or are connected to the supply line of natural gas. While natural gas is more environmentally friendly and budget-friendly, you won’t need to move the barbeque unit around due to being connected to a gas supply line.

In contrast, liquid propane is portable and more popular. Anyhow, it’s costlier, and the tanks should be refilled regularly. Since most gas grills provide both options, you won’t be required to choose a method right away. These cooking units provide grillers with more control over heat intensity and its distribution across the surface. Read this article to see the difference between propane and natural gas grills.

Furthermore, gas grills provide numerous size options, and they are easy to clean after finishing the cooking process. Nevertheless, the taste of grilled food isn’t smoky like the flavor of meat grilled on charcoal. Burners are the parts that get replaced most often with a lifespan between two and ten years. Although infrared burners are claimed to be more effective at searing steaks and chops, they aren’t much better than regular burners.

Gas models provide high-end features to make the grilling experience more convenient. For instance, a side burner enables grillers to cook a side dish or keep it warm until the main course is getting grilled in the meantime. Led-lit controls are beneficial when grilling at night, as they light the surface up and illuminate the knobs and control panel.

A fuel gauge is basically an indicator of the amount of propane left inside the tank. Dual-fuel valves are necessary for converting from propane to natural gas. Stainless steel grates are the perfect alternative for searing and maintaining the same grilling temperature.


Charcoal grills are another barbeque option available at Watson’s. They offer traditional smokiness by using charcoal lumps and or briquettes. These are relatively portable, straightforward to use, and much more affordable to purchase. However, charcoal models take longer to heat and lack accuracy in temperature control. Go here, https://www.wired.com/2016/07/charcoal-grilling-tastes-better-gas-just-science/, to learn why charcoal grilling tastes better than gas.

The absence of temperature control knobs requires grillers to arrange the coals in a certain way to create direct and indirect zones of cooking. Also, using a charcoal barbeque unit is messier, as briquettes transform into ash, which has to be cleaned after every use. Since charcoal models rely on airflow for heat regulation, look for one with solid dampers and a lid that’s tight-fitting.

Additionally, the coal bed should be accessible, as you would be adding coals in the course of grilling. There should be a door for adding coals and rearranging them while cooking. Regarding safety, grillers should be careful when controlling the fire. The height of the flames requires grillers to use tools with long handles, like spatulas and thongs.


Pellet grills use wood pellets, but an onboard computer is in charge of heating up the surface to the desired temperature. Most home shops, including Watson’s shop, provide various pellet grills from popular brands. Once the temperature and cooking time are set on the computer, wood pallets are added automatically to the firepot. They are fast to heat and provide a great smoky flavor to food.

Nevertheless, wood pellets are pricier than charcoal and gas and sometimes harder to find. These BBQ units are suitable for both fast and slow grilling. Pellets are stored in a hopper, referring to the large metal bin on the side. Its size determines the pellet number this cooking unit can hold and the period before you need to add more pellets.

Buyers should select a pellet grill with the most extensive temperature range to be able to sear foods at high temperatures and slow-cook meat at low temperatures. They usually go as low as 160˚F to a maximum of 600˚F. If interested in searing, choose a model with a dedicated searing zone, which allows indirect flame exposure.

To sum up

BBQ gatherings have become even more popular during the pandemic.

Purchase a model that fits your cooking style, grilling experience, and taste of grilled foods!