LPG or Natural Gas
A barbecue that uses gas as a fuel does heat up very quickly compared to other fuel sources. It is also very easy to light up, and offers you complete control of the temperature by adjusting the control knobs on the barbecue.
Electric barbecues are a great option if your cooking area is undercover and close to a power source. Once installed, you will definitely benefit from the convenience of electric cooking, with quick heat up times and without having to worry about running out of gas!
How many people do you cook for?
A big consideration you will need to make is how big you need your barbecue to be. The last thing you would want is to buy a new barbecue, only to find out it's too small!
The larger the group of people the more burners you will need. 2-3 burners will provide ample cooking space for approx. 2 people.
You should look into purchasing a cover for your new barbecue. This will protect it from dust and moisture, and prevent rusting. You should also keep gas cylinders off the ground, which will also prevent rusting.
Frequently cleaning stainless steel barbecues with clean, fresh water will prevent the finish from corroding, as well as prolonging the life of the stainless steel.
Only put the cover on your barbecue once it has completely cooled down after use.
What gas burners are available?
There are different types of gas burners available on the market, depending on the models you are looking at.
Cast Iron Burners offer a very even and powerful heat. Stainless Steel Burners are known for being very durable.
There are also Enamel Coated Cast Iron burners, which still offers the power of cast iron, but prevents them from corroding.
Have you measured the space?
You should measure up the space you have available before you start looking at different models. This will reduce the range of potential barbecues, which will make sure you aren't spending all of your time looking at something that will not suit your environment.