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How to choose a BBQ

A backyard grill is part of our national identity here in Canada, so the right barbecue can make all the difference. 

Fuel

Explore our assortment of natural gas BBQs

Natural Gas

If you already have a natural gas line installed at your home, you may want to choose a natural gas barbecue. These models start quickly and are convenient, since your fuel source is constant. 
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Browse our popular propane BBQs

Propane

Propane barbecues are also popular. They start quickly, but keep in mind that you will need to regularly refill the propane tanks. 
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Discover our convertible BBQs

Convertible

Several new propane models can now be converted to natural gas grills with the purchase of a conversion kit. The grills can be converted at the time of purchase or down the road if you install a natural gas line. Look for grills with a Convertible Valve System.
See all our charcoal BBQs

Charcoal

Charcoal grills are a nostalgic favourite for many people. Some believe the food is infused with more flavor and that the cooking experience is more authentic. Just keep in mind that charcoal barbecues do require more prep and take longer to heat up, so this might not be the best option if you’re hoping to make quick weeknight dinners.
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Size

Discover our large BBQs

Large grills

If you have a big backyard with ample space, the size of the grill won’t be an issue for you. However, if you are more confined in the space department, a dual fuel or portable BBQ for quick storage and balcony grilling is ideal. 
Browse our compact BBQs

Compact Grills

If your outdoor space is on the small size, you might prefer some more compact options. In general, even smaller barbecues will easily cook enough food to feed a family. 
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Portable BBQs

If you’re looking for a small grill that you can bring camping or use on a balcony, a portable gas barbecue is your best bet. Check your building’s policy about barbecues on balconies.
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Learn about BBQ BTUs

BTU

While barbecues do list their BTU, which is a measurement of the amount of heat output, that number doesn’t mean a faster cook time. When selecting your grill, focus on the features and size of grill for your needs, not solely BTU. 

Features

Find out how versatile BBQ side burners are

Side burners

Having an additional side burner on your grill is handy to make other parts of your meal, such as boil a pot of corn or fry vegetables. If you want to sear your meat before it hits the grill, you’ll want an infrared side burner. These give you very precise heat at high temperatures. They’re also good for use with a cast iron pan. 
A great roast chicken needs a rotisserie burner

Rotisserie

A rotisserie burner, which is located along the back wall of a barbecue, is great for roasting a whole chicken.  

Grates

Discover double-stacked cast iron BBQ grates

Double-stacked cast iron grates

These are found on premium grills with the Flare-Free Technology system. These slanted grates capture and direct fat and grease to a front grease channel to prevent flare-ups. They also have great heat retention and heat transfer.
Learn why coated cast-iron grates take BBQ to the next level

Porcelain coated cast-iron grates

These grates are found on premium BBQs and cook very evenly thanks to excellent heat retention and heat transfer. 
Find out about premium stainless steel BBQ grates

Stainless steel grates

These premium grates heat up very quickly, are rust-free and don’t require any maintenance.
Discover porcelain- coated stamped steel BBQ grates

Porcelain-coated stamped steel grates

These grates, found mostly on value-priced models, have good non-stick capabilities and offer a smooth surface for cooking.
Learn the advantage of porcelain wire cooking grates for BBQs

Porcelain wire cooking grates

These grates, also found on value-priced BBQs, have good non-stick capabilities.

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