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Let Daybreaker Landscapes Add Your Built-in Grill

grillCreating an outdoor kitchen and living space with a built-in grill is an excellent addition to your home and a Daybreaker Landscapes specialty. With an outdoor kitchen, you can virtually double your living space. Imagine having family and friends gathered in your backyard for special celebrations and holidays. Your beautiful new built-in grill will be the perfect excuse to get everyone together to make memories.

Our expert designers and installers will work closely with you to ensure the space is everything you imagined. The centerpiece of many outdoor kitchens is, of course, the built-in grill. There are a lot of options from which to choose. A variety of options is available that caters to all desires, uses, and budgets.

When you’ve decided to add a built-in grill, you will no doubt have questions. Now’s the time to call the outdoor kitchen experts of Daybreaker Landscapes. Our experienced team members are waiting to hear from you and will happily answer all of your questions. You can fill out our online form or simply give us a call at (815) 596-0070. We’ll walk you through the important considerations for your new grill, such as fuel type and power.

Type of Fuel for Your Built-In Grill

There are three available fuel options for your built-in grill. These three types of fuel are natural gas, propane, and charcoal. There are advantages to each type, and the choice often depends on personal preference, convenience, and price. In addition to these performance-based decisions, you want to consider the quality of the construction and available warranties. You’ll want to read reviews with an eye toward how evenly your built-in grill heats.

A natural gas built-in grill for your outdoor kitchen is the most convenient option. This built-in grill will run on the natural gas line that services the rest of your residence. Consequently, you will never run out of fuel. There can be some additional up-front costs for this selection. Specifically, you will need to run a gas line from your house to your grill. The price for such a line will depend on the distance the line needs to run.

Some customers have indicated concern about the potential danger of extending a natural gas line to their built-in grill. There are two answers to those concerns. First, the line must meet all current standard safety codes. Second, these lines come with a “kill” switch. Whenever you are not using your built-in grill, you can activate the kill switch, which will cut the gas off to your built-in grill.

A propane gas built-in grill for your outdoor kitchen attempts to merge the convenience of the natural gas option with a more cost-effective option. Propane gas tanks are safe, readily available, and, unlike natural gas installs, do not include any additional up-front costs. If you elect to go with a propane gas built-in grill, be sure to consider the extra space the tank will occupy when planning your outdoor kitchen.

A built-in charcoal grill is an option for those who don’t think it’s “grilling” unless there’s charcoal. Of course, you can have a built-in charcoal grill, but some specific design considerations accompany a built-in charcoal grill. These considerations are easy to accommodate. If charcoal is your preference, then that is what you should have. Just be sure to stock up on charcoal, as you will find the joy of your built-in outdoor grill intoxicating.

How Many BTUs Do I Need for My Outdoor Built-in Grill?

The necessary number of BTUs is one of the crucial choices you must make when selecting your built-in grill. First, it is essential to understand a BTU. The acronym stands for British Therma Unit. Each BTU is a measurement of the amount of thermal energy required to raise one pound of water by one degree. The BTUs of your grill determine its heating capabilities.

Second, before discussing BTUs in a meaningful manner, you should be aware that even though a BTU is a standard measurement, many manufacturers engage in trickery to inflate their BTUs. Specifically, some manufacturers will include the BTU capacity of any additional burners, such as a side burner, perhaps. When selecting a grill, make sure the BTU ratings you are comparing are for the cooking surface only.

As long as you compare BTUs of the surface area only, you want to find a grill with a BTU rating of 80 to 100 BTUs. Any less, and you may not be able to obtain the sear you are looking for, and cooking times will take much longer. Any hotter, and you risk cooking your meal too quickly and overcooking food.

How Big Should My Built-in Grill Be

big grillHow big a built-in grill you need is primarily a personal question that depends on the size of your family and the regularity with which you entertain. However, there are some general guidelines you should consider.

When determining the appropriate size for your built-in grill, consider the following:

  • Does anyone in your family have dietary restrictions that would require you to use a portion of the grill for their specific needs (vegetarian, for example)?
  • Do you plan to use your built-in grill for cooking ribs on indirect heat? If so, you will need a substantially larger surface area.
  • What types of cooking do you plan to do with your built-in grill? If you are going to spend holidays cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, corn, steaks, and chicken, you may want a larger surface area.
  • How will the size of your built-in grill fit within your outdoor kitchen space?
  • Do you want a rotisserie on your grill or additional burners? If so, you must consider the additional space in addition to the dimensions of the surface area of your built-in grill.

Once you have weighed all of these considerations, you will have enough information to select the appropriate sized built-in grill for your needs.

Contact Daybreaker Landscapes for a Free Estimate

Our expert designers and installers can help you through the entire process of selecting and installing the perfect built-in grill for your particular needs. We have a wealth of experience, and we provide exceptional customer service. Our committed team will answer all of your questions, give you professional advice and a free estimate. Call us today at (815) 596-0070. Your new built-in grill could be a reality sooner than you think.