Useful Features of the Best Pellet Grills
When it comes to buying the best pellet grills, many ideas and features can be swirling around in your head. However, when making the choice your most likely opportunity to get something truly special is going to come from buying the best pellet grills in terms of features, nothing else.
As the primary defining factor in what make a good grill of any kind, the features you can use should determine if you open your wallet or not. Here are just some of the most common and useful features of the best pellet grills on the market at the moment.
- Temperature Control. One of the most important features that you can have stems from temperature control. You always want to be a precise as possible, within around 10F or so. Whether it uses a proportional or integral system it does not matter; you always want to have safety and precision in the numbers being shone. Avoid any grills that seem to go on about ‘heat zones’ like it’s a positive; it’s really not!
- Level Playing Field. By the same token, you want to avoid the ones that talk about zones because you want the whole grill to have a balanced heat to it. If they are talking about the broadness of the heat being limited to particular zones, it’s not a good thing. It shows that the hardware is incapable of handling itself. Anything that uses any kind of manual air flow is likely to be quite bad for zones, so stay alert.
- Fuel Management. The last thing you want to be dealing with is a pellet grill that cannot manage those little pellets accordingly. Ensure it has a good enough hopper to take the level of pellets needed for the particular job in hand. Anything around 18lbs is worth considering; so long as it can use the pellets to slow-cook some meats then it has a good enough fuel economy. The best pellet grills all cover 18lbs, so don’t allow yourself to go any smaller if you can help it.
- Sear Boxing. A sear box is a fine addition and a feature we would heartily recommend you make sure you have access to when you can. Sear boxing is vital for making sure you can get a clear and consistent finish as you work. It allows you to get that nice crisp sear – this should allow the meat to be cooked at high, high temperatures without leaving the meat to be burned to a crisp.
- Extra Racks. When you’ve got a big party on the go, we heartily recommend making sure you get a pellet grill with an extra rack. From smoking some jerky to getting all of that bacon nice and grilled, you can make sure that you have more cooking space for faster serving. Either way, never mess around with systems that have limited space.
Now that you know what to look for in terms of features, which of the best pellet grills on your wish list fit this particular line-up?