Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center, is more than indoor culinary experiences, we're equally passionate about the allure of the great outdoors, particularly when it's combined with the savory scents and flavors of a barbecue. As we venture into the vast realm of BBQ grills, let us help you pinpoint the ideal grill that complements both your tastes and culinary endeavors.

Barbecue Grills by Type

The grill you select can greatly influence the taste, method of preparation, and the overall joy of your outdoor cooking escapades. Here’s an expanded list of the different types of grills.

Gas Grills

A top choice for many because of their speed and ease of use.

  • Propane Grills - Using propane tanks, they're versatile and maintain a steady flame.
  • Natural Gas Grills - Connected to your home's gas line, a surefire way to ensure you're always ready to grill.
  • Gas Charcoal Grills - A splendid blend, capturing the ease of gas and the distinct charcoal flavor.

Flat Top Grills

These are versatile, suited for everything from grilling steaks to crafting the perfect outdoor breakfast.

Pellet Grills

A marriage of technology and tradition, they use wood pellets to offer a distinct smoky flavor.


Perfect for those seeking that profound smoky essence.

Charcoal Grills

A perennial favorite, revered for delivering that genuine BBQ flavor.

  • Charcoal Smokers - These harness both the smoking and grilling capabilities using charcoal.
  • Barrel Grills - With their expansive surface, they're ideal for hosting grand feasts.

Kamado Grills

These ceramic wonders are adept at both grilling and smoking.

Smart Grills

Merging technology with tradition, they offer features like precise temperature control and smartphone integration.

Portable Grills

Ideal for those on the move, whether it's a beach day or tailgating event.

Rotisserie Grills

Perfect for ensuring poultry or large cuts get cooked uniformly.

Infrared Grills

Using cutting-edge technology, they promise faster cooking times and retain the juiciness of the meats.

Electric Grills

An excellent choice for those with space constraints or restrictions on open flames.

Ceramic Grills

Their design ensures even cooking and tantalizing crispy finishes.

Griddle Grills

Imagine having an expansive outdoor skillet perfect for a range of dishes.

Hybrid Grills

For those who desire versatility, combining features of different grilling styles.

Built-In Grills
These are for those dedicated to establishing a permanent outdoor kitchen haven.

Securing a grill is merely the beginning. To truly become a BBQ maestro, one must delve into the intricacies of each grill type, discover the optimal fuels, perfect marinades, and refine their techniques. Taking the time to understand the dynamics of heat, the differences between direct and indirect grilling, and the art of letting meat rest post-grilling will undoubtedly elevate your BBQ prowess.


Maintaining Tips for Barbecue Grills

The joy of outdoor cooking hinges largely on the condition of your grill. To make the most of every BBQ session, it's crucial to maintain your grill meticulously. Here's a detailed guide on how to keep your grill performing at its best:

Regular Clean-up

  • Post-Grilling Routine - Once your grill has cooled down, use a grill brush to scrub off any leftover food particles from the grates.
  • Deep Cleaning - Every few months, give your grill a thorough cleaning. Remove the grates and burners, soaking them in a mixture of water and mild detergent.

Grease Management

  • Drip Pans and Trays - Regularly empty and wash the grease collection trays to prevent unwanted flare-ups and potential fire hazards.
  • Grill Bottom - Clean the bottom of your grill and grease accumulation here can also lead to unexpected fires.

Inspect for Wear and Tear

  • Gas Grill Checks - For gas grills, frequently inspect the hoses and connections for cracks or leaks. Apply soapy water to the hose and the emergence of bubbles indicates a gas leak.
  • Charcoal Grill Checks - Examine the vents and ash collectors of charcoal grills to ensure they aren't clogged.

Grate Care  

  • Rust Prevention - After cleaning, lightly coat the grates with cooking oil. This helps to prevent rusting and makes your next grilling session smoother.
  • Seasoning Cast Iron Grates - If your grill has cast iron grates, remember to season them regularly to protect against rust and enhance their non-stick properties.

Guard Against Elements

  • Quality Covers - Invest in a durable grill cover to shield your grill from rain, sun, and external debris.
  • Off-Season Storage - If you live in an area with harsh winters, consider storing your grill indoors or in a shed during the off-season.

Hardware Checks

  • Bolts and Screws - Periodically, ensure that all screws, bolts, and other hardware are tightened. This maintains the structural integrity of the grill.

Update Components

  • Burner Maintenance - Over time, burners can degrade. Check them annually, and replace if they show significant wear or corrosion.
  • Ignition System - For gas grills, ensure that the ignition system is functioning efficiently. Replace spark generators or igniters if they're faulty.


  • Airflow Maintenance - Ensure that the vents are clear and fully operational, especially for charcoal grills. Proper airflow is crucial for temperature control.

Safety First

  • Fire Safety - Always have a fire extinguisher close at hand when grilling. Also, keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby to douse minor flare-ups.

Routine maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your grill, but also enhances your grilling experience. A well-maintained grill ensures consistent cooking, better flavor, and, most importantly, safety during each BBQ session. So, treat your grill with care, and it will reward you with years of delightful outdoor feasts!


Preparing for Barbecue Grill Installation

Setting up a barbecue grill might seem straightforward, but there are several vital steps to ensure a safe and efficient grilling experience. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown:

Selecting the Ideal Location

  • Safety Distance - When choosing a spot for your grill, make sure it’s at least 10 feet away from your home, deck railings, and other structures. This distance minimizes the risk of accidental fires.
  • Ventilation - Ensure the location offers ample ventilation, especially if you're setting up a gas grill. Proper airflow helps dissipate any accumulated gas, reducing the risk of dangerous gas build-ups.

Ground Preparation

  • Stable Surface - A wobbly grill poses risks. If you're not placing your grill on a patio or deck, a leveled concrete or brick base offers stability and reduces the fire hazard, especially if any embers fall.

Safety Measures

  • Fire Extinguisher on Standby - Grilling involves open flames, and unexpected flare-ups can occur. Always have a fire extinguisher close by, tailored for kitchen or grill use. This ensures you're equipped to handle any sudden fire-related emergencies.
  • Additional Safety Tools - Aside from a fire extinguisher, consider keeping a spray bottle filled with water to douse minor flare-ups and a pair of long tongs to adjust charcoal or wood, keeping your hands safe from the heat.

Consulting the User Manual

  • Safety Protocols - Every grill is unique. The user manual is specifically designed for your grill model, detailing essential safety guidelines, optimal distances from structures, and recommended installation procedures.
  • Maintenance Tips - Often, these manuals also provide valuable tips on cleaning and maintaining your grill to ensure its longevity.

Pondering Expert Installation

  • Complex Systems - While some grills are relatively easy to assemble and set up, others, especially natural gas grills or models with intricate features, can be more complex.
  • Benefits of Professionals - Hiring a professional for the installation process ensures that every component is correctly assembled and safely connected. This not only guarantees optimal grill performance but also provides peace of mind, knowing that your grill setup meets all safety standards.

Setting up a grill requires more than just assembling parts. By carefully selecting the right location, ensuring safety measures, and considering professional assistance when needed, you pave the way for countless delightful BBQ sessions, free from unnecessary risks.


Why Choose Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for Your BBQ and Outdoor Living Kitchen Needs?

When it comes to the world of grilling and Outdoor Living Kitchens, the answer is Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center. 

  • Unmatched Diversity - Our inventory boasts a wide range of barbecue grills, ensuring that every enthusiast, from the tech-savvy individual to the traditional charcoal lover, finds their perfect match.
  • Staying Updated - As the grilling world evolves, so do we. From cutting-edge Smart Grills with digital integrations to classic Charcoal grills that offer an authentic BBQ experience, our collection is always up-to-date.

Expert Guidance

  • Seasoned Professionals - Our team comprises seasoned grilling aficionados. They don’t just know grills, they're passionate about them.
  • Personalized Assistance - We understand that each griller has unique needs. That's why our team is dedicated to guiding you through our extensive collection, ensuring you find the grill that aligns with your culinary aspirations and lifestyle.

Commitment to Quality

  • Top-Tier Brands - We pride ourselves on carrying only the best. Each grill in our collection is a testament to quality, durability, and performance.
  • Warranty and Support - Our commitment doesn’t end with your purchase. We offer post-purchase support, ensuring that your grilling journey with us remains smooth.

More Than Just a Store

  • Educational Resources - Apart from selling grills, we're a hub of knowledge. Whether you're looking for maintenance tips, grilling recipes, or the latest in BBQ tech, we have resources to enrich your grilling experience.
  • Community Engagement - We often host events, workshops, and demos, fostering a community of grill enthusiasts. When you choose us, you're joining a family of BBQ lovers.

Your quest for the perfect grill ends at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center. With our vast collection, expert guidance, and commitment to quality, we’re not just another retailer – we're a trusted partner in all things BBQ. Dive into the world of grilling with us and let your dream cookout come to life!