If grilling with gas is the only option that comes to mind as you step outdoors for the first days of spring, let us make the case for electric. It’s economical and creates healthier, more delicious food. According to the HPBA (Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association), there are approximately 59 million gas grills owned by US households, but electric grills consume less energy, are easier to use and take the guess work out of cooking better food.
Gas grills are synonymous with high BTU levels and a crazy amount of knobs and controls. Multiple burners with higher BTU consumption has a perceived value of more power, but in reality, are is just more costly and use unnecessary energy. If those 59 million gas grills use an average of 60,000 BTUs each for 2 hours a week, that equates to an entire barrel of crude oil- yikes. Electric grills cost only an estimated 10 cents an hour to operate versus $1.50 an hour with a 30,000 BTU gas grill.
Gas grills are commonly banned by local fire code and home owners associations (HOA) for use on balconies of apartments and condos especially due to flare ups, which is not an issue for outdoor electric grills. Empty tanks and multiple components like valves, burners and igniters can all go bad which will keep you running back and forth to Home Depot.
Gas grills also heat unevenly and have hot spots so deciding where to place your meat or veggies is a challenge in itself. When using gas, you have to light one side on high and cook the food on the opposite side. Smoke rises when juice from the meat and fat fall into the flames, which contain carcinogenic substances that can contaminate the food. You never have to worry about this with an electric grill and you can utilize the entire cook surface, preparing more food in a shorter time-frame. The concern of flare-ups and charring is eliminated because there is no open flame equaling more healthy preparation.
Electric grills take out the guess work, clean-up quicker and eliminate having to maintain parts and tanks so what are you waiting for? Give them a try today!