How should I go about choosing between a charcoal, gas or electric grill?

First, think about when and how you will be using your grill. Gas and electric grills are great for convenience. If you want something for making dinner when you get home from work, or that you can use to throw some hot dogs on at half time, you'll probably be happier with a gas or electric grill. If you're planning on grilling on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, when you'll have plenty of time to just sit back and enjoy the grilling process, charcoal may be a better fit for you.

Secondly, consider where you're going to use your grill. Think about the space available to you. For example, if you're considering a larger smoker, make sure you have a larger, open area. If you have a small, covered patio, consider smaller charcoal or gas grills, or even an electric grill, as these produce no flare-ups. If you choose a gas or charcoal grill, make sure you can place it a safe distance away from the house, so as to not cause any house fires.

Thirdly, consider what you want to spend. Gas grills tend to be more expensive than charcoal and electric grills (charcoal grills typically being the cheapest of all three), but charcoal itself is more expensive than gas (about $5 per use, as opposed to $.20 per use with propane), so you'll most likely end up spending more for your charcoal grill in the long run.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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