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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Has three tiers of grates to give you the extra room to cook the biggest of feasts.Wifire® Technology - You can control your grill anytime, anywhere, using the Traeger App. The Traeger app lets you adjust temperatures, monitor your food, and browse over 1,600 recipes, and more.Grill All Year - A fully insulated construction provides you with consistent temperatures, and efficient usage of pellets, even in cold rough weather.D2 Timberline Controller - The simple controls will maintain a precise temperature so that you will have consistent results every time. the super smoke mode lets you crank up the flavor with a simple press of a button.Traeger Pellet Sensor - The Traeger App Lets You remotely monitor your pellet levels, to help to ensure that you will never run out in the middle of a cook.Traeger Ironwood 885 Pellet GrillMEAT PROBE - The built in meat probe allows you to monitor your food’s internal temperature without having to even lift the lid.WIFIRE® TECHNOLOGY - The wifi technology allows you to be able to control your grill anytime, anywhere, using the Traeger App. With the app you can adjust your grilling temperatures, monitor your food, and browse an assortment of over 1,600 recipes, & more.GRILL IN ANY WEATHER - Built with a double side wall insulation improves your grill’s temperature consistency as well as the efficiency of your pellets, even in very cold weather.D2 IRONWOOD CONTROLLER - The simple controls of this pellet grill maintain a precise temperature for even, and consistent results every time. It also has a super smoke mode that lets you crank up the flavor with just a press of the button.TRAEGER PELLET SENSOR - Never run out of pellets in your grill in the middle of grilling again by using your Traeger app to monitor your pellet levels.Cabela's Pro Series 36'' Pellet GrillA highly versatile backyard grill, the Cabela's® Pro Series 36" Pellet Grill delivers huge cooking capability and delicious, smoke kissed flavor each and every time. This wood pellet fired grill is super easy to use, and gives you the ability to tackle everything that’s on the menu. From slow smoking a brisket or some ribs to putting a quick sear on a premium juicy porterhouse steak. The innovative sear station control allows you to cook over a direct or indirect flame with a simple twist, allowing you to perfectly match your heat source to the food that you are cooking. This pellet grill's 1,016 square inches of space on its porcelain coated cooking racks and adjustable, removable upper cooking rack, enables you to cook lots of different foods at one time. The simple to operate digital control center gives us backyard grillmasters the professional level control we need to up our grilling game. You are able to choose a consistent cooking temperature as low as 180°F for slow smoking and smoking, on up to 500°F for open flame roasting. The control center includes two meat probes so that you can easily monitor your cooking temperature and internal food temperatures so that you can achieve the perfect doneness. It has a large front window on the grill's lid that allows for additional monitoring without having to open the grill door, releasing heat and slowing cooking times. This pellet grill has an extra large pellet hopper so that us grillmasters can keep cooking for extended periods without having to refill the pellets. Also has a side shelf for food preparation, and a vacuum ash clean out.•Amazingly versatile, pellet fired backyard grill and smoker•Sear-station control knob - switch between direct or indirect flame heat source•1,016 square inches of space on porcelain coated cooking racks•Simple to operate digital control center - 180°-500°F cooking range•2 meat probes•Large viewing window on lid allows you to view food without losing heat•Extra large wood pellet hopper•Includes side shelf for food preparation•Unique elliptical design offers greater cooking space and vertical clearanceZ Grills 8 IN 1 WOOD PELLET GRILL & SMOKERZ Grills 1000E Powerhouse Pellet Grill (Cover included)Extra-Large Grilling Area: Has three tiers of cooking rack with a total of 1060 sq. in. of grilling surface, so you can cook the biggest of feasts for big barbecue parties. Whether you are cooking for a large family, or a neighborhood gathering, this pellet grill has the room to grill 54 burgers at one time! Ease of Use: The digital control pad is easy to read and has a quick dial in temperature range to simplify the smoking process. All you have to do is select the desired cooking temperature, and let the smoker do the rest for you. You will have perfectly smoked food, each and every time.8 Cooking Possibilities: This grill allows you to grill, smoke, char, barbecue, braise, roast, sear, or bake your food, as the Z Grills 1000E can amazingly do it all. You can cook pretty much anything on a Z Grills, from chicken wings, to smoked salmon, to braised ribs, to the thickest and juiciest of porterhouse steaks.Rock-Solid Construction: This pellet smoker grill’s outstanding grilling features are packed inside a super tough construction, which adds to the durability so that you can grill for many years to come. The top quality that goes into each and every pellet grill is accompanied by a robust 3 year warranty to give you that added peace of mind. A rain cover is also included to protect your grill’s sleek, polished surface from damage from weather and the elements.Cleaning Made Easy and Quick: With this grill you will get to experience the easiest ash removal after cookout. It has a unique ash cleanout system that allows you to simply dump the ash instead of vacuuming it out after the ashes cool. In merely just seconds, your grill is ready and waiting for your next BBQ party.Mr. Steak 5-Burner Propane Grill with Side Burner and Infrared BurnerTraeger GrillsWOOD PELLET GRILLSExperience the evolution of fire with Traeger’s next generation of pellet grillsThis new lineup brings unrivaled wood flavor to the table, unlocking your food’s true potential. No matter which grill you select, Traeger’s 6-in-1 ability means you can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and bbq with pure, hardwood flavor.Top Selling BBQ Grills•Cabela’s Pro Series 36” Pellet Grill•Mr. Steak 4-Burner Propane Grill with Side Burner and Infrared Burner•Cabela’s Pro Series 24” Pellet Grill•Pit Boss 7005 Pellet Grill with CoverMore Top Selling GrillsThe Woodwind pellet grills brings easy and delicious BBQ right to your back patio. Grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, or barbecue with incredible wood-fired flavor. 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