From lumberjacks to cinderblocks, there’s nothing quite like a wooden grill.
But to make it last, it has to be strong, sturdy, and durable.
Here’s how to choose the right one for your home.1.
Make it from the right kind of wood:Wood is cheap and abundant, so finding the right wood can save you thousands.
You can choose from a variety of woods for your grill, from pine to oak, walnut to ash.
Look for sturdy and durable, or if you’re just looking for a bit of wood for a grill, check out our article on the best wood for woodworking.2.
Choose a grill that will last:Grill heaters can run for up to a month or more without fail, but if you plan to keep the grill running, you’ll want to pick up the latest model.
We recommend the Enermax E5R, which offers up to 6-hour heat output and a range of heat settings for different types of cooking.3.
Choose the right heat source:To cook with a grill on, you need to make sure you have the right sort of fuel.
For example, if you use a propane or gas stove, you may want to look for a propylene fuel, which burns cleaner and produces more smoke.
Some grill manufacturers also offer “gas” fuels like propane and propane-butane, which are more expensive but have the same kind of smoky, woody flavor.4.
Choose your grill’s size:For a grill with a range, choose a grill sized for different cooking styles and seasons.
For an open-air grill, consider a bigger griddle for a weekend dinner.
For a wood-fired grill, choose an area where the charcoal can burn longer.5.
Choose to use a pressure cooker:Most grill makers will recommend a pressure cookers, but you may find a smaller one works best for you.
A pressure cooker can cook up to 1,000 to 2,000 calories per hour, which is ideal for slow-cooked meals.
It also uses less fuel than a gas or propane stove.
For more info on pressure cooker cooking, check our article about the best pressure cookware for woodworkers.6.
Choose for color:A color-matched grill is important because the grill itself is not going to last as long as a regular grill.
You want a grill to be vibrant, with a variety and a look that reflects the area you live in.
If you’re looking for something a little more rustic, consider one with a rustic-look finish.7.
Choose materials that last:Whether you’re planning to buy a grill or buy an antique one, you want to make the purchase with care.
Wood is durable and will hold up over time, but it can also crack, get scratched, and rust if left exposed to weather.
Some older grill makers offer a lifetime warranty.8.
Choose and read the instructions:When you buy a wooden or metal grill, make sure to read the assembly instructions and read through all the accessories and instructions before you buy it.
You may also want to check out the pictures and make sure that everything looks the part.
You can buy a used wooden grill for about $30, but a new one can cost up to $300.
If that’s a bit steep, you can pick up a used wood-burning grill for $20.