The British Unit

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cience was never my thing. Not that I didn’t find it interesting, it’s just some of the numbers… they freaked me out. Mathematics was the same beast. But unfortunately, those numbers always lead to knowledge, and I don’t know about you, but I usually welcome knowledge. Unless it’s a Monday. Coming to work at Discount Hearth has been an interesting experience, considering I had maybe 2% knowledge of the hearth business. Okay, maybe 1%. So many different combinations of letters and numbers… NG, LP, FPK, etc… it gets exhausting, but it’s vital information. This all brings me to one thing that all of you seeking to buy your first grill… your grill’s BTUs. 

“BTU" stands for British thermal unit, and these are the units that measure the heat given off by your gas burner. A good way to look at this in a general sense is that 1 BTU will raise the heat of one point of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When I first did some research on BTUs, I wasn’t quite sure on what I needed to know, but as it turns out, quantity is the common question. You’d think “the more the merrier”, right? In this case, having a high BTU-level stovetop isn’t ideal unless you’re for some reason constantly cooking high-heat food. Your premium will also be more expensive- you could be spending much more money for a cooking level that you normally wouldn’t be working on. The most efficient way to look at how many BTUs your stove needs is to know that your stove should have enough to boil a large pot of water in a relatively short amount of time. But at the same time, you need a stove that can also do low temperatures as well as high. You need to be able to simmer on low, fry on medium, and sear on high. It’s also vital to know your BTUs for when you are shopping a vent hood, as they are adjusted to fit your stove’s specific amount of BTUs. 

There you have it. The definition, meaning, and importance of BTUs, explained in a non-boring non-scientific manner, just for YOU. You can thank me later, I’ll understand. In all seriousness, understanding BTUs will benefit you in the future when picking out your first, or any stove/grill for that matter. 

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