How do I select a grill or smoker?


When it comes to backyard entertaining, few things are as important as your grill or smoker. They can make or break a meal, which can make or break a party. Let us show you the different kinds of grills and smokers available. We’ll also tell you the advantages of each type.


Is there anything better than grilling or smoking on a beautiful day? Not much. That’s for sure. But when it’s time to pick up a new grill or smoker, how do you make that decision? Let’s start with grills.Charcoal or gas? That’s the first question. Charcoal grills come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Many of them are portable, too, which makes them easy to take anywhere. When it comes to cooking temperature, charcoal lets you vary the heat by giving you the option of red-hot coals or dying embers. But you’ll need to keep a close eye on them throughout the cooking process to maintain the heat you need. And they’re messier when it comes to clean-up.Gas grills ignite with the touch of a button and can maintain consistent heat for hours at a time. They’re also ready faster than charcoal and there’s less chance of over- or undercooking. Of course, they aren’t as portable as charcoal grills and they require a propane tank or a direct connection to your home’s natural gas line. And that’s another decision you need to make with gas grills: Do you want it configured for propane or natural gas?Look at the various features available and decide which are most important to you. Do you want a side burner? Warming grates? Preparation space? Whatever you choose, check the grill to ensure it can accommodate the amount of food you normally cook. And when it comes to space, make sure your grill is the right size for your deck or patio.Like grills, smokers come in charcoal and gas options, but there are also wood pellet and electric smokers. Pellet smokers do all the work for you. Just fill the pellet hopper with any variety or flavor of wood pellets, set the desired temperature, and let it smoke away. With an electric smoker, you never have to worry about a fuel source. You just plug it in, add wood chips for flavor and wait a few hours for the unbeatable taste of smoked meat. At Westlake, we carry a large variety of smokers and grills, so stop in and ask us about the differences between various models. We’re always here to help.


Shopping List

  • Grill
  • Smoker
  • Charcoal Or Propane Tank Or Pellets
  • Grill Utensils
  • Wood Chips For Smoker
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