There is a lot to consider when you are in the market for a new grill. Would you like gas, charcoal, pellet, or electric? Do you want direct grilling, or would you rather have a smoker? Each type of bbq qrills have good qualities, and bad qualities that may impact your decision. It’s a pretty big investment, so it’s important to find the exact one that is the perfect one for you and how you will use it. If your a grilling or bbq expert, you may have multiple types of grills to fit each type of cooking and grilling, or you may want a combo unit that can do it all. I prefer the combo unit, where I like to invest a little extra money into a single better unit, than to spend the money on multiple units. I enjoy the traditional smoky flavors that a good smoker puts into the food, but I like the high heat of a bbq to sear in the natural flavors as well. With the combo units, you can do it all. The next thing to keep in mind as you shop for your next grill or bbq, is where you will be using it, and how much meat you will need to cook at one time. Don’t forget to take into account for when you have friends and family over. This will help you decide on how big of a grill or bbq you will need. Types of Grills and BBQ’sCharcoal GrillsTypically the most affordably priced is a good old charcoal grill. Charcoal grills have a unique flavor that just can’t be beat with that chargrilled flavor. Charcoal takes the longest to heat up and get ready for cooking as you have to burn the coals until they are white to be ready to cook with. This is the only real drawback is that it’s not instantly ready when you want it, which for some people may be a real deal breaker due to time constraints in a busy lifestyle. With a charcoal grill you can have all the coals spread out in the bottom of the bbq for even heat distribution, or you can one side for indirect heating so food can cook more slowly. Features: Most inexpensive type of outdoor grillUses charcoal briquettes as fuelHeat is regulated by having less or more briquettesCan cook at temperatures up to 700 degrees with no control knobsBase and Lid have dampers built in to them to regulate airflow to regulate heatCharcoal adds flavor to food with a smoky tasteTakes much longer to heat up than other types of grillsBurned charcoal does create ash that needs to be cleaned upGas GrillsGas Grills are the most popular type of outdoor grills because of how convenient they are because they heat up and can be ready to cook in minutes, and require very little clean up. This gives you the convenience of quick and immediate cooking. A propane grill uses a twenty pound propane tank that will cook for about twenty five hours before you have to get the tank filled at a gas station or a convenience store. Natural gas grills are directly connected to your natural gas utility line, so it won’t run out of fuel. The main limitation with a natural gas grill is that you have to run the gas line to your grill, and for some houses that may be easy or already done, but it may limit you to where you can put the grill. Features: Heats up very quickly, is easy to use, and needs very little cleanupCooks at temperatures up to 400-600 degreesHas control knobs to regulate the temperatureStart with the press of a button on most modelsMultiple heat zones for searing, cooking, indirect cookingCan add a smoke box for wood chips to add flavorWood Pellet GrillsThe newer style wood pellet grills are amazing. Simple to use, easy maintenance and clean up. They provide the best qualities from charcoal grills and gas grills. With knobs to control the heat and smoke levels if you are smoking meat. They work at a variety of temperatures from 160 to 600 degrees depending on the model, which makes them perfect for grilling, smoking, baking, braising, and roasting. These really are an all in one grill. Wood pellet grills are powered by electricity, but burn pellets made out of hardwood like oak, hickory, mesquite, pecan, or apple, for both heat and for smoke. There is a smoke setting that allows you to use it just like a low heat smoker, or you can turn it up and use it as a grill with added smoke, to add the extra flavor to your meat. Some of the higher end models will connect directly to your smartphone, to allow you to control the temperature of the grill and monitor your food at your fingertips. This is a nice feature during those cold evenings in the spring or fall, to be able to do it all from the warmth of your house. 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