With May being National Barbecue Month, it spurs the all-American pastime of outdoor barbecuing and grilling. Tru-Lite Gas & Products, a family-owned store specializing in Gas Grills, Charcoal and Kamado Grills, Exterior Gas Lights, and more, holds that time outside by the grill and surrounded by family as an essential part of community.
“A lot of the benefits of having a grill is always the element of having a secondary cooking area that you could have outside of the home [that] brings people together in the outdoors,” said Christopher Sanchez of Tru-Lite.
Through quality products and service, the team at Tru-lite helps families grow and create special moments together in their backyard because having a grill outside promotes relationship growth. Even newlyweds or seasoned couples often look for excuses to utilize their grill to spend time together.
The novice who has never owned any kind of grill may be wary of the purchase, but luckily with a grill it’s a fun experience to learn how to use it and all the styles of cooking.
“We always try to give [the customer] what fits them. If I have a beginner I would never try and put them with one of our super higher-end grills that have calibrations that are so much different than a beginner grill,” said Sanchez, “Weber or a Napoleon, those are really good entry level grills that are solid standard grills, but they’re easy to use, easy to maintain, and they have really good warranties.”
A customer wants a good grill that’s going to last them a long time, Sanchez mentioned, but that’s also not going to be a warranty nightmare. Tru-Lite is a one-stop shop where customers don’t have to wonder if they’re getting a reliable grill.
But shopping for a grill can get confusing when one is $800 and another costs thousands of dollars.
“Each grill has a level of production element that makes it more expensive than the other. But it’s all about the components it’s made with, how much power is coming to the actual burners, how hot it’s getting, how quick it’s getting hot. Some of your more expensive grills, your $1,500, $1,600 grills are going to get hotter quicker, they’re going to cook faster and more accurately,” says Sanchez.
Outdoor kitchens have also boosted in popularity over the years, from add-ons to an existing home to a focal point in a new home. Tru-Lite offers the grills for an outdoor kitchen, the one-on-one experience in the design process, as well as retrofitting existing outdoor areas for new equipment.
“At the crux of our company we are relational. So, when we get into someone’s home, we’re affecting the relationship they’re going to have in the long run,” says Sanchez. “If we’re fixing a grill or giving them a new grill, we know that they’re going to make a lot of memories.”
During the grilling months it’s important to look at what equipment you have at home. Do safety checks on the grills, make sure they’re properly cleaned, no leaks, and you have the right brushes to start off the grilling season with assurance.
Tru-Lite is in the process of moving to a much bigger facility at 1512 W. 34th St. and gearing up to offer more, like cooking classes, how-to classes, knife or meat skills, an outdoor area to bring the community together, and even bringing in a farmers market to promote local businesses.
A soft opening will begin in June with a grand opening in the fall. Until then, find them in the Heights at 1903 Lawrence St., online at www.trulitegas.com, or give them a call at (713)682-2053.