Choosing a Grill

Are you choosing your first outdoor barbeque grill? There are thousands of grill options available when you are purchasing your first grill. It may seem overwhelming, but knowing the difference between each type of grill will help you make an easier decision.

  • Charcoal grills are one of the most used types of grills. They utilize charcoal and lighter fluid to heat up and cook your food. Charcoal grills come in all shapes and sizes, and vary in cost. Charcoal requires you to buy charcoal and lighter fluid each time you cook with it. It must also be cleaned out each time. They come in small sizes, which are ideal for apartment dwellers or people with small homes. Once you have used your charcoal grill, you can clean it, and store it away.
  • Propane grills are also useful for someone in small areas, since they can come in smaller sizes. They use propane gas to cook your food. If you want to quickly cook foods while still maintaining a grilled flavor, you may want to consider Propane grills.
  • Natural gas grills are a little more complicated then smaller grills, so they require more room. They are meant to hook up directly to your home's natural gas line, and can cook meat in record time.
  • Smoker Grills are used when flavor is the number one priority. They use wood to slow cook your meat. Flavor can be controlled by using different types of woods.

Each grill type comes with its advantages and disadvantages, so you must weigh your options and decide what is right for you.

Barbeque grills can be extremely cheap to very expensive depending on the type and features available on it. If you are looking for a cheap style, then you should probably consider a charcoal grill. While larger charcoal grills are available, smaller ones can be purchased for as little as cheaply at your local department store. Propane grills are slightly more expensive, and a smoker grill is slightly more expensive then the propane grills. Natural gas grills on the higher end of cost. Multiple fuel grills are the most expensive. Multiple fuel grills allow you to grill using one or a combination of fuels.

If you are concerned with flavor, you first choice should be a charcoal or smoker grill. Both of these grills allow you to replicate a true "smoked" flavor. Smokers are especially nice because you can also control the flavor by changing the type of wood or wood chips you use. This is good if you want to slow cook your meat. If you want to cook something a little quicker, you may want to stick with the charcoal grill as it will cook quickly if you want it too, and it will still provide a good "smoked" taste.

Finally, the space you have available should be a consideration. When your grill is not in use, you must have a proper place to store it. Charcoal and Propane grills are ideal for smaller areas such as apartments and city homes. If you have a large amount of space available, then you may want to consider the larger options.

    Editor's Note: Thaddeus Forbes is an amateur griller looking for information about Charcoal Smoker Grills. With the creation of the website information is being compiled to enhance grilling understanding and functionality. There will be more information to follow as this quest continues.