If you want to ensure your grill/smoker’s long life, cleanliness and regular maintenance is a must.
Some grills are easier to clean than others. Electric grills are the easiest grill type to clean since you have to simply wipe off the grease. In contrast, charcoal, gas, hybrid, and infrared grills require a lot more cleaning since they leave behind ash, have more parts to clean, and leave behind food particles.
Smokers are more difficult to clean because, in addition to food drippings and more parts to clean, they produce the maximum amount of ash because of the long cooking duration. This ash is so much that smokers don’t just need to be cleaned after each cook, but it has to be cleared out during the cook itself. If this is not done, the accumulating ash could affect your cook by smothering the fire, blocking air-flow, or ending up in your food.
Barbecue smokers also need to be seasoned after every use to prevent it from rusting and increase its life. This involves removing moisture from your smoker and coating it with oil. Learn more about how to season your smoker.
When buying a grill or smoker, you have to account for the vertical and horizontal space it takes up in your backyard. If you don’t have a backyard, you may want to opt for an electric grill.
Smokers are generally made bigger than grills because people prefer cooking large batches of food on account of the time and cost it takes to smoke.
Grills are smaller in size and therefore require less space. However, depending on the type of grill you are using, you may still need a large clearing when grilling to avoid flare-ups.
Smokers are safer than grills because they operate at a steady, low temperature. They also do not have an exposed flame, which drastically reduces the risk of a fire.
When using grills, you may encounter flare-ups. Flare-ups are caused when the oils and fats drip from the food on to the burner burst into flames. They are one of the leading causes of household fires. When using a grill, always ensure that there are no combustible decorations, trees, or shrubs around the grill.
If you want a grill, but want to avoid flare-ups at all costs, you can go in for an electric grill. The absence of flare-ups and smoke reduces the likeliness of housefires, making them a comparatively safer grilling option. Just be sure to keep them away from water.