If you enjoy entertaining friends and neighbors, purchasing a grill for the backyard is an excellent investment. There are several types of grills to choose from. Some types infuse flavor into foods that you can only achieve by grilling. If you’re in the market for a grill, here are a few things to consider.

Popular Types of Grills

Let’s look at different types of grills so you can choose the right one for your needs. There are three basic types commonly available.

Charcoal Grill

The charcoal grill is the best option for flavorful grilled food. However, preparing the coals is time-consuming. There is a learning curve when becoming familiar with cooking over charcoal.

Homeowners with limited time usually prefer propane or electric grills because they’re quick and easy to use. However, the smoky flavor of charcoal-cooked food is delicious. If you think flavorful food is worth waiting for, you’re better off investing in a charcoal grill.

Propane/Gas Grill

Propane grills are a popular favorite due to their efficiency. As long as the grill is connected to a propane tank or a natural gas line, you only need to turn the power on to start barbecuing.

What you forego on flavor when using this type of grill, you save in fuel costs. Compared to a charcoal grill, which brings out the flavor in grilled foods, the cost of fueling a propane grill is usually significantly lower than fueling a charcoal grill.

Types of Grills: Electric

Electric grills are the most versatile of any grill type. Because they’re powered by electricity, it’s easy to maintain a consistent temperature, especially when the grill has a covered top to retain the heat.

Electric grills are great for people who love to grill year-round. They don’t have an open flame like gas or charcoal grills, making them a safer option for indoor grilling or apartment dwellers who might only have a small balcony space for grilling.

Grill Safety

If you’re in the market for a grill, it’s important to understand how to handle one safely. Below are tips to keep your grill from becoming a hazard.

All Types of Grills Should be a Safe Distance From the House

Grills produce heat to cook your food thoroughly. The temperature of a charcoal grill can reach 700°F. A gas grill heats to temperatures between 250-550°F. That is hot enough to ignite flammable materials if you position the grill too close.

When setting up the grill, keep it at least 10 to 15 feet away from the side of your home and any flammable materials.

Monitor Children and Pets When Grilling

The smell of barbecue is irresistible, so if you have pets, you can expect your dog or cat to be curious. When grilling, have an adult nearby to watch your pets.

The grill might also be interesting to young children. Grilling utensils could seem like fun toys, but teaching children to stay away is necessary. A hot grill can cause a burn in a split second. Keep kids safe by asking an adult present to watch them.

Grilling is a popular warm-weather pastime. When shopping for a grill, choose one that is best for you and your family. Stay safe when cooking out and teach your family members best practices around the grill.

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