What’s the Best Apartment Patio Grill & Where You Should Place It


Whether you’re a developer or a tenant, chances are you’ve been eager about grilling from an elevated place. There’s just something about that time-honored tradition of grilling combined with luxury living from a great view.


But what is the best grill for your apartment patio? And where is the best spot to put it – if anywhere?


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In this blog, we’ll introduce you to the world of apartment patio grilling and offer some keen insight to help you get started.


Patio Grills for the Apartment: What Fuel Do I Use?


These days, the options for purchasing a grill may seem overwhelming. There’s the old-fashioned charcoal grill, the popular propane grill, and even natural gas and pellet grills are an option these days. But all these fuel types have one thing in common: they’re combustible and have an open flame.


That spells trouble for apartments as most are regulated by a no open flame policy. What options are left for those wanting to grill for an apartment balcony? Fortunately, there is still a way to get that full barbecue experience without the need for combustible fuels. The answer? An electric grill!


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What’s the Best Apartment Grill Size?


When selecting the right electric grill size for your apartment patio or balcony, it all comes down to how much room you have to work with.


For electric grills, there are two factors to consider on size: base and grill grate.


One of the benefits of electric grills is that, since their “fuel source” is electricity, they don’t require space-consuming tanks or piping – just plug them in and they’re ready to go. Because of this, they can take up considerably less space because of their base size.


For electric grills, you have four base options:

  • Built-in
  • Tabletop
  • Closed-base
  • Pedestal


If your outdoor kitchen has plenty of space – like a communal balcony kitchen – then you may opt for the convenience of a closed-base or pedestal grill. These models provide the added benefit of storage space for your grilling supplies.


If your outdoor kitchen only has a little space – like a private apartment patio – then you’ll likely want to opt for a smaller built-in or tabletop grill. The neat thing about these is that they only need to sit on the counter. No floor space is required.


After you’ve determined your base size, all that’s left is to choose is your grate size. For electric grills, the models come in 16”, 24”, 32”, and 48” sizes. All you have to decide is how much barbecue you’re going to cook per sitting!


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Where Should I Put My Apartment Deck Grill


When it comes to location, electric grills simply need to be within reach of the outlet and away from the entrance/exit points. That’s it! The question of where you want to place your grill will mostly be one of personal preference.

My recommendation? Put it somewhere you can grill with the best view, so your eyes enjoy the grilling experience alongside your nose and mouth. If you need a little help imagining what apartment patio grilling might look like, check out our SpecSheet, or simply give us a call. We’d love to chat about your outdoor kitchen ideas.


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